1. Marseille, the Phocaean sun
With an average of 2858 hours of sunshine per year, Marseille comes out on top among France’s sunniest cities. It is also the city with the fewest days of low sunshine per year. To have hot temperatures in summer and a mild climate in autumn and winter, Marseille is fortunate to have climatic allies of size. On the one hand, the Azores anticyclone moves up into this area, on the other, the Mistral (the wind from the South of France) has the particularity of blowing hard and chasing away clouds. A resident of Marseille thus enjoys 7h50 of sunshine a day on average, while a resident of Saint-Brieuc (Brittany) has to make do with 4h17 of sunshine daily.
If you’re short of light or want to perfect your tan, the Phocaean city is a natural choice. With its beautiful beaches, calanques and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, you’ll certainly want to enjoy the warmth and gentle pace of life ‘à la marseillaise’ while benefiting from an express vitamin D cure. Let’s not forget that sunlight is also one of the best antidepressants! So what are you waiting for to book your holidays in Marseille?