The city of Marseille on the southern coast of France is worth a visit, not least for its Mediterranean climate. It is officially the sunniest and the driest major city in France, which makes for a pleasant stay at any time of the year. The Notre-Dame de la Garde cathedral towers over the city and is viewed by many locals as their guardian and protector. You can also take a stroll through the Old Port area, which is guarded by two massive forts and brimming with cafés and restaurants. Marseille is home to numerous museums with a variety of exhibitions, from the ancient and more modern history of the city to traditional and contemporary art.