Hello Everyone - This is my first post in this particular forum so I apologise if my questions could have been answered by more research on my part. Over the past few days I have been reading many previous posts and the other information available, but still have some questions to which I am hoping that residents and/or experts may be able to assist.
My husband and I have the opportunity to take part in a home exchange with another couple who have an apartment along the sea front in Marseille. The suggested timing is from mid-December to the end of January.
We realise that this period is outside the popular time for tourism, but think that this could possibly be a plus as the sites will not be crowded. We are "mature-aged" and not looking to spend our time at a beach - other than perhaps a nice walk. However, we love sightseeing, scenery, history, food, wine, occasional shopping and learning about other cultures.
My concerns are:-
Is it likely to be too cold to be able to enjoy the above pursuits?
Is it likely that many of the "tourist sites" will be closed ?
Will the boat trips to the Calanques be available?
Will markets be running?
Are we just plain crazy to be even considering coming at that time of the year?
Any comments or advice anyone would like to give will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance. Cheers.