View of Vieux-Port and Notre Dame de la Garde, Marseille (Photo: Anne Banas)
Determined to shed its gritty reputation, sun-kissed Marseille has reinvented itself and shines this year as a European Capital of Culture. With dozens of sleek new museums and artistic venues, the rough-edged Mediterranean port city exudes urban renewal. Some locals even say it's the new Barcelona. As traditional bouillabaisse simmers in kitchens and the old port bustles with fisherman hauling in their daily catch, a new city emerges.
Marseille's Capital of Culture year is flying by, and there hasn't been a better time to visit than now. And continuous updates and events will make this authentic but evolving city an exciting place for years to come.