Marseilles is Europe's last major metropolis before Africa. It's a multicultural city full of contrasts, where every neighbourhood is a little piece of a grand urban and maritime history.

Unpack your bags and head straight to La Canebière, the shopping street renowned for its lively atmosphere by day and by night, to meet the locals, then head for the Vieux-Port (Old Port). There you can sample fried fish or a classic bouillabaisse while watching the buzzing fish market on the Quai de la Fraternité. Look up and admire the Notre-Dame de la Garde church, delightfully known by the nickname "la Bonne Mère" (the Good Mother). Having loomed over Marseilles for eight centuries, it seems to protect the city.

Continue your visit by strolling from one historic neighbourhood to another. Walking along the streets of the famous Panier area, you can't help but be tempted by the perfumed soaps, rare oils or colourful fabrics.

Along the seafront, you can walk along the Mediterranean via the port or the corniche up to l'Estaque, a traditional fishing village immortalised by Cézanne and Renoir. More sporty types can put on their trainers and head for the Calanques, the steep-walled inlets extending over 12 miles of coastline between Marseilles and Cassis.

Whether you're an art lover or simply curious, you'll find folk art treasures in the superb setting of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, MUCEM, which opened in 2013. Unless you'd rather explore the 800 works housed in the museum of contemporary art, or learn all about the history of the French national anthem at the Mémorial de la Marseillaise. You'll be spoiled for choice and this diversity, which is part of Marseilles' charm, means there is always something new!

Marseilles is served by Saint-Charles station and Marseilles Provence airport, and can be reached by car via the A7-A51, A55 and A50 motorways.

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Where to stay in Marseille

1st Arrondissement
1st Arrondissement, Marseille, France

1st Arrondissement

Known for Ports, Cafés, Dining

4/5(81 reviews)

Enjoy the captivating waterfront views in 1st Arrondissement. Old Port of Marseille is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Réformés-Canebière Metro Station or St. Charles Station to see more of Marseille.

8th Arrondissement
8th Arrondissement, Marseille, France

8th Arrondissement

Known for Beaches, Family-friendly, Romantic

4/5(10 reviews)

Beaches, shopping and waterfront views highlight some notable features of 8th Arrondissement. Make a stop by Calanques National Park or Velodrome Stadium while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Rond-Point du Prado Station or Perier Metro Station to get around town.

La Joliette
La Joliette, Marseille, France

La Joliette

Known for Ports, Shopping, Marinas

3.5/5(18 reviews)

Take time in La Joliette to visit attractions like Old Port of Marseille and Docks of Joliette. You might also appreciate the waterfront views, and you can hop on the metro at Joliette Station to see more of the city.

7th Arrondissement
7th Arrondissement, Marseille, France

7th Arrondissement

Known for Ports, Dining, Beaches

4/5(20 reviews)

The ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to 7th Arrondissement. A stop by Old Port of Marseille or Catalan Beach might round out your trip.

2nd Arrondissement
2nd Arrondissement, Marseille, France

2nd Arrondissement

Known for Ports, Marinas, Churches

3.5/5(23 reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal while getting to know 2nd Arrondissement, and be sure to check out the waterfront views. You can hop aboard the metro at Joliette Station or Jules Guesde Station to see more of the area.

La Valentine
La Valentine, Marseille, France

La Valentine

Known for Golf, Budget, Shopping

Although best known for its shopping centers, this eastern Marseillais neighborhood is also home to a small historic district, a golf course and a beautiful cemetery.

Top hotels in Marseille

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Collection Marseille
NH Collection Marseille
4 out of 5
£94
per night
24 Nov-25 Nov

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Port of Marseille and La Vieille Charite. Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (265 reviews)

"We were only here one night, but the hotel was lovely and the room was terrific. Large, modern, comfortable beds and nice bathroom as well. We would have stayed longer if we could have but our travel plans did not allow."…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019

NH Collection Marseille
Escale Oceania Marseille Vieux Port
Escale Oceania Marseille Vieux Port
3 out of 5
£76
per night
1 Dec-2 Dec

Located in 1st Arrondissement, this hotel is steps away from La Canebiere and Old Port of Marseille. La Vieille Charite and Museum of European and Mediterranean ...

4.3/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"The hotel was as expected, a clean and modern hotel right by the Old Port. The staff was friendly and helpful. Yes, there was construction right outside the window, but even with it starting at 7am, it didn’t bother me, and I’m a light sleeper. I thought the toilet being in a separate little room ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2019

Escale Oceania Marseille Vieux Port
Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
£41
per night
29 Nov-30 Nov

Located in 8th Arrondissement, this residence is steps away from Prado Market and Velodrome Stadium. Old Port of Marseille and Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition ...

3.9/5Good! (315 reviews)

"The cleanliness of the room is outstanding. The staffs were very nice and helpful. The location of the hotel is very convenient as its near the metro station."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

Residhotel Grand Prado

Popular things to do in Marseille

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations
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Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

4.5/5(28 reviews)

In a striking landmark building, find exhibits that aim to give a new understanding of the Mediterranean, and France’s relation to it, now and in the past.

Notre-Dame de la Garde
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Notre-Dame de la Garde

4.5/5(70 reviews)

Notre-Dame de la Garde is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Marseille. Visit the area's shops or amble around its waterfront.

La Vieille Charite
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La Vieille Charite

4/5(17 reviews)

A vibrant culture and museum complex serves as an artistic hub for Marseille, in a building that was once a 17th-century shelter for the homeless.

Old Port of Marseille
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Old Port of Marseille

4.5/5(144 reviews)

Eat fresh local produce, gaze across the city to the sea and learn about the local heritage in the historic heart of Marseille, one of France’s oldest harbours.

Calanques National Park
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Calanques National Park

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Hike, paddle, or simply sit and gaze upon the incredible white limestone cliffs, inlets and coves that have inspired many of France’s greatest artists.

Le Dome
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Le Dome

4.5/5(5 reviews)

The biggest acts from Marseille and the world perform at this modern concert venue, easily accessible from the city center.

Top activities in Marseille

Colorbus Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
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Colorbus Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

£13

A hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Marseille is a great way to get a flavor of this beautiful french city steeped in history. tour the Vieux-Port and soak up the charm of Marseille life with its many restaurants, fishermen's stalls and daily fish market.

Provence in a Day from Marseille
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Provence in a Day from Marseille

£112

Explore the iconic locations of Provence on this full-day tour. Visit the remarkable Palais des Papes in Avignon, see the magnificent Pont du Gard, taste local vintages in the wine-centric town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and discover the charming hilltop village of Les Baux-de-Provence.

Marseille & Cassis Calanques Cruise
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Marseille & Cassis Calanques Cruise

£60

Discover the cosmopolitan seaport of Marseille and the Mediterranean coast on this full-day tour. Explore the little port of Cassis, cruise by sheer limestone calanques, and see the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Abbey of Saint Victor, and Marseille's ancient harbor.

E-Bike tour from Marseille to Calanques
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E-Bike tour from Marseille to Calanques

£65

With our E-bike Day Marseille to Calanques, our seaside will have no more secret for you. After 35 km (22 miles) with us , you will enjoy the wild beauty that lies on the outskirts of the city and which seems at the end of the world.

Perched Villages of the Luberon Full-Day Tour
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Perched Villages of the Luberon Full-Day Tour

£112

On this full-day tour through Luberon, explore hilltop villages like Lourmarin, walk through a Provencal open-air market, and uncover the best-kept secrets of Roussillon and Gordes.

Transfer from marseille Cruise Terminal to Arles
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Transfer from marseille Cruise Terminal to Arles

£54

Transfer available for groups up to 50 people. After a 90 minute drive the bus will drop you off in the center of Arles, next to the Julius César Hotel. You will be free to enjoy up to 4 hours exploring Arle on your own.

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