Gateway to Africa and the Orient, modernity and tradition collide in this famed Mediterranean city with its distinctive accent in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region. Marseille is France’s second-largest city and home to 900,000 people.
Marseille has worked hard to rid itself of the image of urban decline that troubled them for so long, and is now powering forward to become a diverse centre of culture and a smart city with a free public WiFi system.
What makes Marseille so unique is its vibrant mix of cultures. This cultural melting pot was the idea behind the MuCEM (Museum for Europe and the Mediterranean) which is dedicated to the civilisations of the Mediterranean. Built on the waterfront, this new museum is designed around the interplay of light and water with its daring concrete façade and its innovative filigree veil made from THE 21st Century building material, ultra-high performance fibre reinforced concrete (UHPFRC).
THE STADIUM: STADE VÉLODROME
11 June 21:00
England vs Russia – Group B
15 June 21:00
France vs Albania – Group A
18 June 18:00
Iceland vs Hungary – Group F
21 June 18:00 –
Ukraine vs Poland – Group C
30 June 21:00
Quarter Finals – W37 vs W39
7 July 21:00
Semi Final – W47 vs W48
Marseille is a city obsessed with football, and the Vélodrome stadium is also part of the high-tech story that has turned the town around. Thanks to extensive renovations, the stadium has become an example of how avant-garde digital and green stadiums should be. The 67,000-capacity Vélodrome first opened in 1937 and is home to the extremely popular local team, Olympique de Marseille (OM).
The Marseille Fan Zone on Prado Beach is open for the duration of the tournament. Don’t forget to stroll along the beach while you’re there and tuck into two of the local specialities: chichis (long sweet doughnuts dusted with sugar) and panisses (deep-fried chickpea flour served as an apéritif).
- City Population: 900,000
- Region: Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur
- Stadium: Stade Vélodrome
- Local Team: Olympique de Marseille
- Capacity: 67,000
- First Match: 11 June 21:00
- Fan Zone: Prado Beach
WHERE TO GO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WATCHING A GAME
The trendy and very popular brasserie will screen all Euro 2016 matches. It is ideally located near Prado beach with an idyllic view of the sea and the famous statue of David.
Head here for drinks before and after matches or to watch the game if you haven’t got a ticket. It is one of the most popular bars in Marseille, located on the Vieux Port with a lively and relaxed atmosphere.
A stone’s throw from the city centre, the very popular bar is a perfect stopping point to watch the match. It has a distinctively Latin feel and is located on the Vieux Port.
LE PARVIS DE LA MAJOR
Under the benevolent eye of the cathedral, Le Parvis is one of the hot newcomers on the Marseille restaurant scene. Its mixture of seaside charm, urban chic and original food make it the place to go in the heart of the Voûtes de la Major.
The Mediterranean beckons. Dip your toes in or take the plunge for a swim at least once.
And, don’t forget to venture into colourful and sunny Provence.
Stroll around the Vieux Port or along the Cours Julien while you listen to the excellent interactive audio walks (in French and English) that are guaranteed to surprise.
Go climbing in nearby Les Calanques if you’re looking for a challenge or want to burn of some excess energy!