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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.

Have a look at Expedia's offers to find an all-in-one package, including transport, accommodation and car rental. It's the secret to fabulous holidays in Marseilles!

Where to stay in Marseille

Top hotels in Marseille

NH Collection Marseille
NH Collection Marseille
4 out of 5
The price is £74 per night from 22 Dec to 23 Dec

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Port of Marseille and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Marseille ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (378 reviews)
Good Hotel in Marseille

"The hotel is a 10 minute walk to the main attraction area around the old port area with restaurants and attractions. Staff was friendly. WiFi was good. A few blocks to the train station but uphill from the hotel to the station. My room was large and comfortable but the windows were not soundproof. ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

NH Collection Marseille
Lemon Hotel - Plan de Campagne Marseille
Lemon Hotel - Plan de Campagne Marseille
The price is £26 per night from 12 Dec to 13 Dec

Situated in Septemes-les-Vallons, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Plan de Campagne and within 9 miles (15 km) of Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal and Old ...

2.5/5 (235 reviews)

"Un hôtel simple pour ds gens simples sans chichi. Des draps propres un lit une douche une télé. Prix très intéressants. Parking bien surveiller. Personnel du soir au top"…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2020

Lemon Hotel - Plan de Campagne Marseille
Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux-Port – MGallery
Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux-Port – MGallery
4 out of 5
The price is £88 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

Located in 1st Arrondissement, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Port of Marseille, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Notre-Dame ...

4.4/5Excellent! (884 reviews)

"The hotel had excellent views of the harbour. It was clean and everyone was very conscious of Covid19. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. A lovely hotel with character."…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2020

Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux-Port – MGallery
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Marseille

Appart'City Confort La Ciotat Cote Port
Appart'City Confort La Ciotat Cote Port
3 out of 5
57 Passage Jean d'Huart, La Ciotat, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is £59 per night from 5 Dec to 6 Dec

Located in the heart of La Ciotat, this residence is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from La Ciotat Harbour and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Calanques National Park. Calanque du Grand ...

3.7/5Good! (346 reviews)
Good Choice

"Was a good place, probably 2nd best place in La ciotat l"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Appart'City Confort La Ciotat Cote Port
Citadines Prado Chanot Marseille
Citadines Prado Chanot Marseille
3 out of 5
The price is £46 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec

Located in 8th Arrondissement, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of International Fair and Exhibition Center Marseille and Parc Chanot Convention and ...

4/5Very Good! (433 reviews)
Could do with an update, fine for a short stay

"We stayed at the appartement (not the hotel) and while the service was nice enough the flat was a bit tired and could have done with a deep spring clean. Going in and out of the car park was really hard work as you need to get a key from reception and then bring it back, if no one's there you can't ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019

Citadines Prado Chanot Marseille
Citadines Castellane Marseille
Citadines Castellane Marseille
3 out of 5
The price is £52 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

Located in 6th Arrondissement, this residence is within 1 mile (2 km) of Prado Market, Old Port of Marseille and Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition Center. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (555 reviews)

"spacious room equipped with a kitchen, central location."…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2019

Citadines Castellane 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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