Marseille is a Mediterranean city dating back to 600BC. For the perfect holiday in the South of France, book a flight to Marseille and explore the country’s oldest town. Its seaside attractions are numerous. Why not head to Marseille’s Old Port and jump on a boat to the Frioul Islands or Château If? Then there’s the MuCEM museum, which retraces the steps of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Housed in a building designed by Rudy Ricciotti, it’s a reminder that Marseille’s maritime past lives on in the contemporary world. For a great view over the city, visit the 19th Century Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde Basilica, followed by a tour of the calanques, the limestone coves that protect the azure waters around Marseille. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, wander down to the Valley of Auffes for some tapenade, fougasse or a bowl of bouillabaisse – the classic Marseille dish. You can always work it off with a tour of the PACA region, easily accessible by public transport; Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Arles await. Hikers will love the hills of Aubagne and the Provençale countryside that so inspired Marcel Pagnol. Hurry up and reserve a hotel room in Marseille or the PACA region and tour their many attractions.