With a busy harbor and a vibrant urban energy, Marseilles appeals to visitors seeking an authentic tourist experience. This cosmopolitan city is France's oldest and the second largest after Paris and has much to offer, from ancient history and cultural diversity to gorgeous seaside scenery. Everywhere in Marseille, visitors are close to the serene blue waters-whether walking along a charming old street with a view, or feeling the refreshing sea breeze. The city's colorful, multiethnic heritage also makes Marseille a fascinating place. Considered the bridge between Europe and North Africa, Marseille is home to a sizable emigrant population from Algeria.