(last updated: February, 5th 2014)

Discovering Marseille

During the symposium, you can enjoy the nightlife of the city center, which is run by its restaurants and pubs. The day, you can easily visit the several tourist sites, such as: Saint-Victor Abbey, Notre-Dame de la Garde (Basilica), Cathédrale de la Major, The If Castle
(Strong Hold), Vieille Charité, and the MuCem (starting from the entrance located in Fort Saint Jean).

We suggest to spend a little more time for a visit of this area and to have the opportunities to attend cultural events.

Marseille in pictures:

Discovering the Calanques

A visit of the Parc des Calanques by boat will be held on Saturday at the request of participants (wiki, map, info, walks). It is a succession of cliffs that fall into the sea between Marseille and Cassis (it is a national park). The tour will be during the afternoon, either by boat, from Cassis, or by walk, starting from the Luminy campus. The return will be scheduled before nightfall. In the latter case, it is recommanded to take good walking shoes. In both cases, do not forget your sun protection (hat, sun cream…) and your swimsuit. The organization of this excursion depends on the vagaries of the weather.

Discovering Provence

You can discover Provence by your yourself, rich in historic cities and with its sunny landscapes. If you like to drive from village to village, for short visits, and more especially for tasting the gastronomic products (wine, honey…), the Luberon Regional Park offers good opportunities. The best solution is to rent a vehicle and browse itineraries that you can choose in the guides and tourist information centers. You can also move by train or bus. It is not necessary to go very far, a weekend could already make you want to return.

The main cities to visit in a short time are Aix en Provence, Arles and Avignon. Do not miss the Provencal cuisine, which is mainly based on olive oil, herbs (thyme, rosemary…), lots of vegetables, and flavors with garlic.