7. Marseille

Marseille is one of the most visited cities in France. Humans have inhabited the region for almost 30,000 years. Palaeolithic cave paintings in the underwater Cosquer Cave near the calanque of Morgiou date back to 27,000BC. Marseille has been a crossroads of immigration and trade since its founding by the Greeks, at its heart is the Vieux-Port (Old Port), where fishmongers sell their catch along the colourful boat-lined quay in the shadow of Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, a Romanesque-Byzantine church. The city is renowned for Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse as well as museums, theatres, clubs, bars, restaurants, fashion shops, luxury hotels, and art galleries.