Lavender fields, hilltop villages and spectacular rocky fjords, rosé wine and bouillabaisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh, cutting edge rap and hip-hop music, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, pétanque, scuba diving and Olympique de Marseille: Provence is a vibrant mix of romantic tradition and surprising, fast-changing modernity. This is an insider's guide to the best of it, from a professional journalist living there.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Stay Near Marseille's Old Port For 16 €uros
Opened in early 2010, the Vertigo Vieux Port, just off Marseille's Old Port, is a sister-hotel to the original, prize-winning Vertigo Centre and has been embraced by travellers with equal enthusiasm. Located in two imaginatively converted naval warehouses, it's based on the same, blindingly simple concept: a hostel without hassle, offering very cheap, basic accommodation combined with a chilled-out atmosphere and 24-hour opening. Click here to read more.