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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019
Reviewed on 2 Nov 2019
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 is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Marseille. Visit the area's shops or amble around its waterfront.
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.
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.
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.
The biggest acts from Marseille and the world perform at this modern concert venue, easily accessible from the city center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.