Marseille is the second-largest city in France after Paris, the funding of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and also the earliest city in the nation. Located on the Gulf de Lyon, which becomes part of the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is the excellent mix of African and also French society. Known as the bridge in between North Africa and also Europe, Marseille is a city that will certainly beauty you with its lovely blue waters and also historical old community. There are numerous points to do in Marseille that you can quickly invest a couple of days in this seaside city.
From its stunning Old Port to the epic Chateau d’If, Marseille this Mediterranean City ought to not be missed out on when going to Southern France.
Top Things to do in Marseille
The bulk of the great points to do in Marseille lie in the Vieux port/Le Panier component of community. This all-natural harbor has actually been utilized for the last 2400 years and also is the excellent area to start your expedition of the city.
1. Old Harbour – Le Vieux Port
Marseilles is among our favored cities in France. Le Vieux Port of Marseilles is spectacular and also full of the raw power that you would certainly get out of any type of dynamic port city. Surrounded by historical structures and also full of angling watercrafts and also recreation crafts, the port really feels as if it has actually stalled in time. And it should, the Old Port of Marseille go back to 600 BC!
The old ft stands happily at the water’s side and also the sanctuaries overlook over the primary square. Other than the glossy restaurants and also coffee shops lining the blvds, it appears maybe the setup for an old pirate flick. We can picture what it resembled back in the 17th Century when schooners would certainly enter into the Vieux port full of seafarers. And it seems like it hasn’t transformed a little bit.
When going to the Old Port, we recommend getting a place at an exterior patio area with a glass of champagne come with by fresh mussels to absorb the power and also environment.
When going to Marseille, we recommend obtaining a Marseille City Pass – The city pass stands for 1-3 days and also allows you get on jump off to see all the leading traveler destinations. With limitless accessibility to public transport plus a trip on the Tourist train to Notre-Dame de la Garde or via the Old Marseille. You’ll have entrance to MUCEM, and also Regards de Provence Museum, plus going across Frioul Island, or If Island with entryway to Chateau D’If. There are lots of discount rates, entrance to metropolitan galleries, and also a directed city trip. See information right here.
2. Le Panier
When going to Europe, we constantly like obtaining shed in the old communities of its historical cities. And Marseille is no various. Le Panier, The Old Quarter go back to 600 BC when the old Greeks cleared up in these components. It is the earliest area in Marseille and also was initially called Massala when it was started and also ultimately changed right into its French name today. It has actually been the facility of migration to the city developing a modern flare full of exhilaration.
The slim rock roads lined with vibrant shivered home windows produce a charming go through the lives of the citizens and also the location is full of dining establishments and also coffee shops.
This directed audio trip allows you experience Le Panier, the historical area of Marseille where you’ll go to Vieux Port, City Hall, Saint Nicolas, and also Saint-Jean fts, and also the Notre Dame “Bonne Mère” Basilica.
3. Fort Saint-Jean
Standing front and also facility of the Old Town is among one of the most seen monoliths in Marseille. Fort Saint-Jean is linked by a footbridge to MuCEM (Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and also the Mediterranean). Fort Saint-Jean can’t be missed out on with its high watchtower. Built by shipowners in the Middle Ages to strengthen the location and also protect Marseille from intruders.
3. MuCEM – Museum of Civilizations of Europe and also the Mediterranean
It is suitable that this gallery stands in among Europe’s earliest cities. In 2013, Marseille was called a European Capital of Culture and also The MuCEM – Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée was opened up as component of its commencement. The contemporary framework is a sharp comparison to the historical style lining the waterside. Built in between land and also sea, MuCEM, lies close to Fort Saint-Jean bringing life to the location.
While the gallery is devoted to the background of European human being and also Mediterranean Culture, it is the structure itself that has actually captured the interest of travelers. It is the latest of Marseille’s traveler destinations and also is swiftly ending up being one of the most preferred point to do in Marseille.
4. Chateau d’If
Marseille is the setup for this well-known story, The Count of Monte Cristo created by Alexander Dumas, yet Chateau d’If is not an imaginary place. It is extremely genuine and also this island jail stands simply off the shore of Marseille in the Mediterranean Sea.
Originally constructed as a citadel, Chateau d’if was later on utilized as a jail for political detainees. Take the watercraft over to If Island (consisted of in our CityPass) and after that check out the cells of the well-known political detainees that endured an uninspiring destiny without possibility of retreat.
Surprisingly, the cells of Chateau d’If were fairly big. The higher-ranking detainees spent for far better cells that were roomy and also also had fire places. The poorer detainees were condemned to the reduced dungeons which were excruciating and also we were unable to see.
If you have actually reviewed The Count of Monte Cristo or recognize with any one of the films, Chateau d’If should be included in your listing. Poor Edmond Dantes was sent out to the jail island of Chateau d’If where he invested 14 years experiencing through his browbeaters prior to running away and also taking his retribution. Get your duplicate on Kindle or Paperback right here.
€10 will certainly obtain you a seat on the 20-minute ferryboat come through to the island. You will certainly need to pay an additional €5 when you get to Chateau d’If to see the websites. Or if you have a City Pass, the entrance and also going across are consisted of.
4. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Paris isn’t the only city with Notre Dame. Marseille city has its very own Notre Dame, the Notre Dame de la Garde standing high up on a hill maintaining watch on its ships. This is an excellent area to direct for sights of the city of Marseille and also its port. Make certain to seek out, a huge Virgin Mary rests atop the belfry watching the seafarers.
Also referred to as La Bonne Mère, this point of view is not to be missed out on. The high stroll up 150 meters deserves it yet if you don’t wish to stroll, you can capture the traveler train as much as see the sights and also the gigantic opulent sculpture of the Virgin Mary. Arrive early to defeat the thrill of travelers as it is Marseille’s most well-known destination.
This full-day sightseeing excursion consists of a browse through to the basilica Notre Dame de la Garde plus much more destinations consisting of, MuCEM and also the Villa Méditerranée, Saint-Victor Abbey, and also its 4th-century crypt, and also a lot more.
5. Marseille Cathedral – Cathédrale de la Major
When going to Europe, we constantly “find our religion” (well, a minimum of we discover a passion in seeing its monoliths) Cathédrale de la Major is a stunning monolith on the waterside going back to the 19th century.
Like a lot of the structures in Marseille, The Cathedral blends Romanesque and also Byzantine designs. It is a huge basilica covering 141 meters (462 feet). Its dome towers get to an elevation of 16 meters (52 feet) This basilica advised us of the Duomo in Florence, yet with a much more lovely setup.
6. Parc National des Calanques
An excellent day journey from Marseille is Calanques National Park. It is the only national forest in Europe that lies near city locations and also is both ashore and also sea. It lies straight close to Marseilles en course to Cassis.
Calanques National Park is a huge park at 520 square kilometres (201 square miles) and also it most absolutely appears like something from the Greek Islands. It was marked a national forest in 2012 and also has wonderful treking tracks and also locations for kayaking and also discovering the sedimentary rock high cliffs and also peaceful coves.
Take a watercraft trip to see the spectacular shore and also covert angling towns that line the coast. This Catamaran trip to Calanques National Park. This 5-hour trip accompanies the Mediterranean Sea in between La Madrague and also the community of Cassis, using Les Goudes and also Callelongue. It is a remarkable means to check out the shore.
9. History Museum – Musée d’Histoire de Marseille
With Marseille being the earliest city in France, it is just suitable to go to the History Museum. The Musée d’Histoire de Marseille residences 4000 exhibitions and also interactive destinations showcasing the 26-century background of the city. Entrance to the History Museum is consisted of in your City Pass.
10. Palais Longchamp
Palais Longchamp is a monolith that was constructed to commemorate the conclusion of a lengthy canal, The Canal de Marseille that provides the city with water from the Durance River. It is a huge eco-friendly area with interconnected parks. It houses the Museum of Fine Arts going back to 1801 and also it is likewise house to the Natural History Museum. Its 2 wings are linked by a stunning big water fountain and also falls.
11. Abbaye Saint-Victor
If you haven’t obtained sufficient of the background in Marseille, visit Abbaye Saint-Victor. Not just will you discover the city’s spiritual background, yet it is likewise an Abbey with a sight. The Basilica and also the crypts have lovely sights of the Old City.
A fantastic means to navigate Marseille is to take a biking trip. This 3.5-hour trip covers all the highlights of Marseille while absorbing the fresh sea air. You’ll undergo:
The Panier Neighborhood (the earliest area of Marseille)The Major CathedralThe brand-new MuCem Museum locationThe Old Port (the primary area in Marseille)The Pharo (where you have a stunning sight of the Old Port)Malmousque Little PortThe Vallon des AuffesThe Kennedy CornicheNotre Dame de la Garde (the “bonne mère”)The Abbaye of Saint-Victor
12. Vieille Charité
Vieille Charité was when an old almshouse (a structure to aid the bad) and also is currently a gallery and also social facility. It is a hip location with a Bohemian ambiance having 3 rates of art galleries, road art, and also stores. This is an excellent area to obtain a feeling for the regional society, and also to do some buying a the art market. There are numerous bars and also coffee shops and also it’s excellent for individuals viewing. Plus there are 2 crucial galleries in the facility, the Museum of Art of Africa and also the Museum of Archaeology.
13. Parc Borély
Marseilles was charming and also any individual mosting likely to the south of France ought to make it a quit on their listing. It is full of background, lovely style, and also parks. Parc Borély is taken into consideration among one of the most amazing yards in France. It was built in the 17th century and also is made up of 3 various yards. An English Garden, a French yard, an equine auto racing track linked by an arboretum.
How to reach Marseille
Marseille lies in the south of France and also you can fly to the Marseille Provence Airport which is simply 27 kilometres away. There are trips daily from all cities in Europe. International trips to Marseille link using London, Paris, and also Dublin.
The train is among the simplest means to reach Marseille and also there are everyday trains from Paris. Marseille’s primary terminal is the Gare de Marseille St Charles.
The primary bus terminal in Marseille is Gare St Charle (St. Charles bus terminal) and also shows up from throughout Europe.
Where to Stay in Marseille
When taking a trip via Europe, we frequently remain at Ibis or Etap resorts when taking a trip on a Budget. Now that we are a little bit older, we like to spend lavishly on higher-end holiday accommodation, yet we still believe these are 2 wonderful resort chains.
Vieux Port – The ideal location to remain in Marseille is the Old Port. It is centrally situated and also simple to see the majority of the top Marseille destinations. It can be fairly loud and also active however.
Le Panier – The Old Town is an additional wonderful alternative in the 2nd arrondissement. Not much from the Old Port, there are numerous options of holiday accommodation. composed of 3 locations in Marseille and also this is a great alternative for a quieter remain than the old port. Les Grands Carmes, Town Hall, and also La Joliette.
Train Station – This is a great alternative that is an extra inexpensive location, yet it is still simple to navigate. We remained at the Ibis Hotel and also located it to be fairly enjoyable.
Getting Around Marseille
We had a vehicle while going to Marseille, yet website traffic was active, so we parked it and also mainly strolled. But due to the fact that we had a vehicle leasing so we were extremely mobile in Marseille and also had the liberty to remain outside the city while taking a trip on a Budget.
If you don’t wish to stroll, a Marseille City Pass is an excellent alternative. It allows you Ride Marseille’s public transportation completely free. Passes can be purchased for 24, 48 or 72 hr and also cover:
Free accessibility to Marseille’s galleries consisting of – the Marine Museum, Natual History Museum, Fine Arts Museum, Palais Longchamp, and also a lot more. A Ride on the train to Notre-Dame de la Garde or le Panier old communityGet samplings and also discount rates in licensed stores.