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Located south east of Marseille, the 11th district is very diverse. It concentrates on its own the different facets of the Phocaean city. It has working-class neighbourhoods such as the Apple, where marseille's largest housing estate is, the famous Air Bel ghetto, but also peaceful neighbourhoods which look like villages like Accates at Saint-Christophe Square. On the hills live the wealthiest inhabitants of the 11th, usually in pretty villas. In the 19th century, however, this borough was rich in industries, and despite the strong deindustrialization in the 20th century, some historic sites were saved. On François de Chardigny Avenue, in Valentine district, a brewery created in 1872, for example, is still in operation. But today this district of Valentine has above all a commercial vocation for the people of Marseille. It is indeed an important shopping area because of its very large shopping centre and its many shops, not far from the motorway that connects Marseille to Aubagne.

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The best time to go to Marseille is in spring or autumn, during the low season. Hotel and restaurant prices are much lower than in summer at this time and the beaches are almost deserted. As for the climate, it is ideal, warm but not too hot, and you can often swim from spring to late November in autumn. Winter is the very low tourist season ñ but the climate remains mild with the possibility of many ñ hiking under the sun. The high tourist season is of course summer, July and August, the roads are crowded and the fares are easily tripled. It is then really necessary to book your stay early if you want to have a place and not leave all your savings there. Marseille is indeed an increasingly touristic city and it is not only appreciated by the French but also by a very large number of foreign tourists. If you go to Marseille in summer, it's the right time for outdoor festivals and you can easily find an exhaustive list of these festivals at the Tourist Office.

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Pictures Marseille 11th

Le château d'If et les îles du Frioul - Lawrence Banahan - Author's Image
La Calanque de Sormiou, aux environs de Marseille - TOM PEPEIRA - ICONOTEC
La basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde - Lawrence Banahan - Author's Image
La nouvelle et vaste esplanade piétonnière - Carine KREB

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