Of course, there is pastis and pétanque, the Old Port and Notre-Dame de la Garde...
These pretty clichés, however, are far from summing up Marseille and the Aix-Marseille region in general.
In less than two decades, France's oldest and second largest city has jumped on the 21st century bandwagon to become an innovative economic and cultural metropolis, at the forefront of revolutions in sustainable development and eco-responsibility.
This ambition has been reinforced by the World Conservation Congress which was held in September 2021, the results of which can be seen in the labels and certifications awarded (Green Key label, ISO 20121 certification, GDS Index, Ecotable label).
These labels are required for the hosting of six Rugby World Cup matches in 2023, as well as for the Regatta during the 2024 Olympic Games.
These two events confirm that Marseille is now a major player in the international event industry.
In the former docks of the EuroMéditerranée district, the MX has just been inaugurated, an event venue dedicated to mixology and pastis that offers several catering and reception areas, while in the heart of the city on the heights of the Canebière, the Châteauform Marseille-Longchamp (51 rooms, 11 meeting rooms) recently slipped into the walls of a private mansion with a private garden to host company seminars.
Prehistory is in the spotlight at the Villa Méditerranée with the inauguration of the Cosquer cave, a 100% faithful replica of the original submerged in the Calanques, which has an amphitheater and reception areas.
Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sainte-Victoire Mountain, the territory of the great metropolis of Aix-Marseille offers business tourism and congresses a vast choice of places, activities and team building options.