Marseille is the second largest city in France and an ancient city. The first known population was the Ligurians, who were there when the Phoenicians started the city in 600 BC. The Greeks conquered it in 540BC and the Romans about 2000 years ago. It is most of all, a Provencal city, centered around an old port, an active down town, medieval village streets, parks, great shopping and great seafood. The most famous seafood dish of Marseille is Bouillabaisse, which has been perfected in this town and is available at many of several seafood restaurants that surround the old port.