Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, countless lonely travellers laid down their suitcases in Marseille, the cosmopolitan “Gate to the East” that has eternally been shrouded by the mystery of the exotic destinations that lie beyond its shores. Whether strangers in search of new lands or great writers passing through – including Alexandre Dumas, Joseph Conrad, Arthur Rimbaud and Arthur Schopenhauer –, they each left their own romantic imprint. An enchanting city that inspires wanderlust, Marseille has retained its unique character while undergoing a transformation that culminated in it being crowned the European Capital of Culture for 2013. Thanks to the exceptional beauty of its geographic surroundings and architectural heritage, from the towering silhouette of Notre-Dame de la Garde to the small fishing village of Estaque and the turquoise waters of Calanques, an increasing number of tourists are making Marseille their destination of choice for a city break. Located in the neighbouring city of Aix-en-Provence, Emile Garcin Marseille & Littoral is ready to introduce you to this metaphorical Mediterranean balcony, the perfect setting for a range of unique luxury real estate. From town mansions overlooking the Corniche, to exclusive penthouse properties with vast roof terraces, and modern villas perched in the upper reaches of La Ciotat, these are unique properties with the very finest facilities – home cinemas, Jacuzzis, swimming pools, guards and parking spaces – that are bound to win over all those lucky enough to visit them.