Location, Climate: Marseille is the capital of France's Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region and Bouches-du-Rhone department. This charming city is nestled between Barcelona, Spain and Genoa, Italy. Because of its location near the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille enjoys a mild climate all-year round. If you make booking discount hotels during autumn and spring you can see frequent rainfalls. Book in advance to avail of big discount on Marseille hotels. Brief History: The first permanent human settlers in Marseille were the Greek sailors who arrived in Old Port area the city during 600 BC and named that place “Massilia”. The Romans led by Julius Caesar conquered Marseille during the 1st century BC. After the downfall of the Romans and invasion of the barbarians, Marseille was established as a fortified post in the 7th century AD. Events, Landmarks, Activities: Marseille is famous for its sailing events including the SNIM (International Mediterranean Nautical Week) in April, and the Festival of the Wind and Juris' Cup both in September. Those who enjoy sightseeing would definitely be impressed with Marseille's list of remarkable sites such as the Notre-Dame de la Garde which is a spectacular Neo-Byzantine church situated on top of the old fort and the Chateau d'If which is a historic prison cell featured in the novel “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexander Dumas. Transportation: Some shopping areas in the city are pedestrianized which makes walking in those places pleasant. The fastest and most affordable way to get around Marseille is by metro or bus. The metro operates from 5am till 9pm only, but there are night buses that travel all over the city.