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Marseille is France's second largest city and has a long and complex history. It was once known as a rough town frequented by pirates and merchant sailors. Now, it's now a pulsating, busy port city with a melting pot of many different cultures. If you want to discover a unique city with international flavour, then a visit to one of our Marseille hostels is a must. Forget the stories from the past - from colourful markets, bars and restaurants that will sometimes make you feel like you're in Africa, to the Old town and the Calanques (an area of big cliffs falling into the sea), Marseille has a lot to offer. The public transport is cheap and efficient, so it's easy to get around, and you'll find a feast of shops, cuisines, music and cultural events representing the diversity of people here.