Marseille

Travel Guide
Vieux Port showing a marina and boating

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

Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
25 avenue du Général Leclerc, Marseille
The price is £55 per night from 10 Dec to 10 Dec
Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of La Canebiere, Old Port of Marseille and Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal. Grand Port Maritime ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (942 reviews)
"Séjour extrêmement agréable avec un personnel au petit soin. Je recommande"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2021

Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
The price is £194 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Quartier du Panier, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hotel de Ville and Old Port of Marseille. Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal and ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (749 reviews)
"The staff was great, especially for the restaurants and at the front desk. Very impressive property. We had some issues with the room (but were too tired to complain about); however, we had a good stay."

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2021

InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu, an IHG Hotel
Best Western Marseille Aeroport
Best Western Marseille Aeroport
3 out of 5
The price is £105 per night from 17 Dec to 17 Dec
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Eurocopter and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Plage des Marettes. Karting de L'Etang and Parc du Griffon are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (972 reviews)
"I arrived on foot late in the evening and could not find how to get in.. the main gate (a big steel gate) was locked and I could not find any other entrance or any button for ringing. I finally managed to call. This is the only slight complaint I have. The nice feature of being able to walk to the ..."

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2021

Best Western Marseille Aeroport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
Allée Turcat Méry, 7 square des frères Ambrogiani, Marseille
Located in Prado-Perier, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Prado Market and Old Port of Marseille. Timone Hospital and Velodrome Stadium are also within ...
3.8/5 Good! (631 reviews)
bon séjour
"très bon rapport qualité/prix. Bon emplacement, facile à trouver."

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2021

Residhotel Grand Prado
Staycity Aparthotels Centre Vieux Port
Staycity Aparthotels Centre Vieux Port
3 out of 5
4 place Pierre Bertas, Marseille
Located in Les Grands Carmes, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centre Bourse and Old Port of Marseille. Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal and Museum ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (726 reviews)
"Value for money"

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Centre Vieux Port
Residhome Marseille
Residhome Marseille
4 out of 5
23 Rue Mazenod, Marseille
Located in La Joliette, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Docks of Joliette, Old Port of Marseille and Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal. Museum of ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (86 reviews)
"New hotel. Everything you would expect when all is new."

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2021

Residhome Marseille
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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