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The 13th district is one of the most contrasting parts of Marseille. It is in fact both made up of neighbourhoods that look like villages and of housing towns, the well-known cities of the northern districts that have rather bad reputation. The 13th district looks like a village due to Château-Gombert and the Heroes Square and the many villas that lie to the northeast, especially on Paroyes Road. On the other hand, in the Rose or Malpassé districts, it is the large estates that dominate. But in the 13th there is also an important university hub of the Phocaean city since it includes the Central School of Marseille, the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CMI) of the University of Provence, the Laboratory of Astrophysics, the School university polytechnic and a large campus with university residences. Finally, the 13th is also famous for its traditional Provencal festival of Saint-Eloi which takes place in June in the district of Château Gombert. This festival which is very lively is famous for its cavalcade, its beautiful parades of costumes and its torchlight retreat.

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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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