Travelers visit the port city of Marseille, the second largest city in France after Paris, for the meeting of style and history. Marseille was historically the most important trade centre in the region and functioned as the main trade port of the French Empire. Marseille is France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and largest commercial port, with mild, humid winters and warm to hot, mostly dry summers. The port is also an important arrival base for millions of people each year.
The bay, flanked by Fort Saint-Nicolas, and Fort Saint-Jean shelters the Castle of If, from Count of Monte Cristo fame. Watched over by the basilica Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the city's pedestrian zones and shopping areas (including the colourful French-African quarter) mix with historical sites. Travelers looking for a fun time go to the OK Corral, a cowboy theme amusement park. With its beaches, history, architecture and culture (24 museums and 42 theatres), Marseille is one of the most visited cities in France.
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