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Quite off-center, the 9th district is the largest of all the boroughs in Marseille. It is very rich in beautiful and unspoiled natural spaces such as the famous hills of Calanques, some of which, such as the Calanque de Sugiton or En-Vau, are only accessible by foot or boat. But the 9th district also has well-urbanized neighbourhoods including Sainte-Marguerite or Mazargues. But it is far from urban madness, it is really good to live there as it is like being in mall villages where everyone knows each other and where the atmosphere is friendly. Finally, the 9th is also rich in important business hubs for the Phocaean City. The Faculty of Science at Aix-Marseille University welcomes 8,000 students on the Luminy campus as well as about 1,500 researchers in the laboratories of CNRS, INSERM and INRA. Finally, concerning the population, there is a certain social mix in the 9th district, the most upscale areas being in the heights, close to nature, as in Vaufrèges where the sublime villas are legion.

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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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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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