Marseille, the only French city to appear on the World’s Greatest Places 2022 list

The French city of Marseille has made a list of the greatest places in the world, in a new world ranking by the American weekly magazine TIME.

The magazine considers the city’s cultural venues, the quality and innovation of its gastronomic scene as one of the main reasons for its choice as well as the recent opening of the Cosquer Méditerranée cave.

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It listed the city of Bouches-du-Rhône using the somewhat outdated spelling of its name, with an S at the end.

The listing called the city a “Mediterranean darling” and suggested visitors check out the “resolutely contemporary” Cosquer, Europe’s first solar-powered restaurant Le Présage, the Moroccan court restaurant La Famille Marseille and the Grandes Halles du Vieux. -Port. food stalls in July.

Maxime Tissot, director of the Marseille tourist office, said: “The image of the media vis-à-vis Marseille has completely changed. They saw that Marseille is a cultural city and there is a lot going on.

Ilan Dray, manager of downtown rooftop restaurant Ciel Rooftop, said: “Marseille is booming. We have companies that come here, great restaurants and Michelin star chefs that are here.

Marseille is the only place in France to feature in the top 50.

Other European destinations that made the cut include: Devon, England, Valencia in Spain; the Alentejo and Madeira region, Portugal; Calabria, Italy; Copenhagen, Denmark; Thessaloniki, Greece; Kaunas, Lithuania; and Portree, Scotland.

Worldwide destinations include: Galapagos Islands; Seoul in South Korea; the Great Barrier Reef, Australia; Sao Paulo in Brazil; the Trans Bhutan Trail; Franschhoek, South Africa; Toronto, Canada; Boracay, Philippines; Salta, Argentina; Kigali in Rwanda; Fremantle, Australia; and Ilulissat, Greenland.

Check out the full list and learn more about each destination on the TIME website here.

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