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Take an aerial view of Marseille, France’s second-biggest city

The second largest city of France, Marseilles has a lot to offer to the curious tourist. Here's a bird's-eye view of Marseilles.

Marseille is a port city in the southern part of France. Though, not as popular as Monaco or Nice, Marseille offers a quiet getaway for tourists who want to experience the splendours of southern France without the commercial overtness that a touristy place tends to acquire over time. Here's an aerial view of the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica (or the Basilica of Our Lady of the Guard) in Marseille. Residents see it as a guardian and protector of the city. (Source: Reuters)

One of the most impressive buildings in this port city is the headquarters of the CMA-CGM shipping company (left). CMA CGM (acronym for Maritime Freighting Company - General Maritime Company) is the third largest container transportation and shipping company in the world. (Source: Reuters)

Marseille happens to be France's largest city on the Mediterrenean coast (second largest in the country, after Paris) and has historically been the most important trade centre in the region. (Source: Reuters)

An aerial view of the Morgiou Cape in the Calanques National Park near Marseille. Calanque de Morgiou — formerly a fishing port — is known for the gigantic tuna fishing organised in 1622 for the visit of king Louis XIII to the city. (Source: Reuters)

An aerial view shows the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MUCEM) and the Fort Saint-Jean in Marseille. MUCEM is partly covered with a delicate ornamental skin of filigreed concrete and includes a chapel that dates back 12th century. (Source: Reuters)

The Paul Ricard circuit at the commune of Le Castellet near Marseille is a motorsport race track that was built in 1969. It was the safest track of it kind at the time of its opening. (Source: Reuters)

An aerial view of the headquarters of the CMA-CGM shipping company in Marseille. The landmark building was designed by archiect Zaha Hadid — the first woman to have recieved the prestigious Pritzker Prize. With little much to do in the slow-paced city, taking long walks along the Mediterranean Sea coast is a popular pass-time among tourists and locals alike. (Source: Reuters)

Aerial view of the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, which was one of the venues of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The port city has very enthusiastic football fans, and there is a fairly large Algerian migrant population in the city as well. It's not uncommon for the city to be covered with policemen on nights when Algeria is playing a World Cup match. Should the country win, supporters take to the streets in their cars and on foot, screaming, shouting and celebrating with flares and crackers. (Source: Reuters)

Here's a general view of the port 'Les Goudes' in Marseille. A popular filming location, Les Goudes faces such a tourist influx that it takes several hours to reach it by car on weekends. (Source: Reuters)

Tourists can keep Marseille as a base and tour neighbouring regions. One recommendation would be taking one of the many wine tours to the picturesque Aix en Provence. (Source: Reuters)

An aerial view shows boats moored in the Old Harbour of Marseille. A 10-minute walk towards the shore leads you to the beautiful 17th century Fort Saint-Jean, where musical evenings are often organised for the locals and tourists. (Source: Reuters)

An aerial view shows the Calanques National Park near Marseille, which takes about a day or two to explore. The stunning park extends up to Cassis, and has been created along the beautiful coastline. (Source: Reuters)