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Quick facts

The oldest city in France, founded 2,600 years ago.

 

  • 2nd largest French city : according to population: 859,367 (INSEE 2011 figures)

  • Largest French Communauté Communes, Marseille Provence Métropole,  totalling 18 towns and villages with a population of 1,200,000.

  • Area : 240 km2 including 100 km2 of natural areas.

  • Largest European suburban park: Calanques National Park

  • Coastline : 57 kilometres including 20 kilometres in the Calanques.

  • Climate : 300 days of sunshine per year.

  • Average temperatures: Spring 19°C / Summer 25°C / Fall 14°C / Winter 12°C.

  • Twinned with 13 international cities. Further information on: :www.marseille.fr

  • Transport:  2 metro lines, 2 tram lines, 1000 bikes in 130 stations, 77 bus routes, 20 car parks totalling almost 10,000 parking spaces.
  • Biggest cruise port  (1,188,031 passengers) and French freight port (2013 figures)

  • World Water Capital since 1996World Water Council headquarters

  • 2013 Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture



 

The Marseille coat of arms

There have been several versions of the city’s coat of arms but the first dates back to the 13th century.

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