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Holidays in Bouches-du-Rhone, France
The department of Bouches du Rhone is named after the river that runs through the region and into the Mediterranean Sea on the coast. Marseille is the main city in the area, though there are other smaller historic towns nearby that are well worth visiting. If you prefer the countryside to cities, the region has a number of mountains and lakes with walking trails and other outdoor activities as well as the Camargue area of the Rhone delta famous for its wild horses.


Marseille is the second most populous city in France after the capital, Paris, and has been designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2013. If you enjoy cultural activities, the city is home to a world-famous opera house where you can watch musical and dance performances. There are five art galleries, including the Musee Cantini, which features many works by Picasso. The old port is the centre of the city, with a daily fish market, dozens of cafes on the waterfront and two massive forts guarding the entrance. The city’s cathedral features different architectural styles from the 11th to the 19th century while the Abbey of St Victor is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Europe, with catacombs and a crypt dating from the fifth century.


The smaller town of Aix-en-Provence features typical wide French boulevards and a gothic cathedral. The Cours Mirabeau is one of the most well-known streets in the town, featuring historic cafes such as the Deux Garcons, which boasts former customers like Hemingway, Cezanne and Emile Zola. Aix is also home to two major music festivals. Musique dans la Rue features free performances by classical, pop and jazz artists in outdoor venues. The more famous Festival d’Aix en Provence is one of the most important opera festivals in the world. It was founded in 1948 and includes performances by major artists and conductors and also workshops for young musicians.


The Camargue is the name given to the Rhone’s delta, a marshy area just south of the town of Arles. The area is most famous for its wildlife; water birds, plants and the grey horses that run wild in the region. There are many horses still living wild in the Camargue today, they can also be bred in captivity and are often used in equestrian events. As you drive or walk through the area, keep your eyes open for herds of these beautiful wild creatures running through the marshes.
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