Time magazine ranked Marseille among the 50 most beautiful places to see in the world

The American magazine ranked Marseille as one of the first cultural destinations in southern Europe, particularly to reproduce the Cave of Cosquer and the culinary specialties of the Mediterranean.

Seoul, the Arctic, Bali … and Marseille! American magazine time Just published my 2022 list of the most beautiful destinations in the world, and the city of Marseille is part of a lot.

Landscape, culture and gastronomy, Bouches-du-Rhône is now on par with exceptional destinations, such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, or the International Space Station.

A place steeped in history

Among the places that make Marseille one of Europe’s top cultural destinations according to the magazine is a replica of the Cosquer Cave, which opened in Villa Méditerranée last June.

Reconstruction of a prehistoric cave discovered thirty years ago in the Calanque de Triperie, which contains more than 480 inscriptions and paintings dating from 33,000 to 19,000 BC.

The main purpose of the cave version project was to get people to discover this historical place threatened by rising waters. The sea has swallowed more than 80% of the cave since the last ice age.

Landscaping and gastronomy

Another element that makes Marseille a success: the Provencal landscape. The city is one of the ten stages of the pilgrimage “in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene”.

A 222 km route between Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, which crosses two of the nine regional nature parks in the southern region: Parc de Camargue and Parc de la Sainte-Baume.

Gastronomy plays an important role in the arrangement. The time Highlights are local nuggets, such as “Le Présage”, Europe’s first solar-powered restaurant. The magazine apparently pays homage to Mediterranean cuisine, honored at the Grandes Halles du Vieux-Port, which opens Friday at the Cour Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves.

For his part, the president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Renaud Muselier, was pleased with this timely arrangement.

“This is a global appreciation, at a very high level, for Marseille and for the South. We can be very proud that two projects implemented by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region make Marseille shine,” he said.

Reconnect residents through travel

To create this list of the world’s most beautiful destinations, the magazine invited its international network of reporters to suggest places. The list was compiled with the goal of ‘finding human contact through travel’.

The time So it highlights destinations that are being economically rebuilt after two difficult years linked to the health crisis, but also places in full expansion, such as ultra-modern Seoul at the forefront of technology, or even Doha, the luxurious capital of Qatar, which plans to open a hundred new hotels to welcome spectators to the Cup World football end of the year.

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