La Valentine awaits: its golf and more!

At the eastern edge of Marseille lies La Valentine, a small but bustling hub that is the perfect place to shop in (relative) peace and quiet or to get out into some nature without leaving the city itself. It gets its name from Jean Valentin, a nobleman who built a fortified town here in the 15th century. Today, most visitors come for the IKEA store and cinema multiplexes, but the neighborhood has many hidden gems for those who care to look.

Start your visit in La Valentine’s small but charming Old Town, where restaurants in charming buildings are the perfect place for a croissant or some bouillabaisse. Admire the Romanesque façade of the Église de la Valentine, which is still the spiritual heart of the neighborhood. Shop until you drop at the Centre Commercial Valentine, one of Marseille’s biggest malls, where you can find all of Europe’s biggest brands away from the touristic hubbub of the downtown.

Because it is near parks and green spaces, La Valentine is also a great place to get active or watch sporting teams in action. Cheer on the local amateur soccer team at the Jouvène-Pierre-d’Acunto Stadium, where the CAM Phenix team has its home games. Get out on the greens at the Golf de Marseille Salette, the largest golf course close to Marseille, where the holes are interspersed through a beautiful Provençal garden. Or simply go on a brisk walk through the 32 acres (13 hectares) of the Nécropole des Vaudrans, the perfect spot to watch the sunrise over the Huveaune valley or the sunset behind the Marseillais skyline.

La Valentine is in the 11th arrondissement, directly to the east of Marseille’s city center and is served by two metro stations at its southern edge. Drive to its center in 25 minutes from the Marseille-St-Charles train station or in 30 minutes from the Marseille Provence airport.

Celebrate the history of the neighborhood at the 19th-century Brasserie Heineken, once home to the now-defunct Phoenix Beer and still the only large beer brewery in southern France.

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Golf, Budget and Shopping

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Top Hotels in La Valentine

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Premiere Classe Marseille Est - La Valentine
Premiere Classe Marseille Est - La Valentine
1 out of 5
117 Traverse de la Montre C.C. Grand V, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
$36
per night
Nov 4 - Nov 5

Located in La Valentine, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Golf Marseille La Salette and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Calanques National Park. Chateau de la Buzine ...

3.2/5 (473 reviews)

"good location, stores and restaurants nearby small room, small bathroom electronic heater in the room good parking friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

Premiere Classe Marseille Est - La Valentine
hotelF1 Marseille La Valentine (rénové)
hotelF1 Marseille La Valentine (rénové)
117 Traverse de la Montre, ZAC de Valentine, Marseille
$29
per night
Nov 1 - Nov 2

Located in La Valentine, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Golf Marseille La Salette and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Calanques National Park. Chateau de la Buzine ...

3.2/5 (77 reviews)

"Poprostu ; brudno smierdząco i nieprzyjemnie , odrażająco , nie dla obcokrajowcow , very bad never again"…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2017

hotelF1 Marseille La Valentine (rénové)
Villa Pool Marseille Hill Of Pagnol Close Sea, Golf and Cassis
Villa Pool Marseille Hill Of Pagnol Close Sea, Golf and Cassis
Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur

Located in La Valentine, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Golf Marseille La Salette and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Calanques National Park. Chateau de la Buzine ...

Villa Pool Marseille Hill Of Pagnol Close Sea, Golf and Cassis
T3 Villa With Pool, Refined Services in the Countryside
T3 Villa With Pool, Refined Services in the Countryside
Marseille, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur

Located in La Valentine, this villa is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Golf Marseille La Salette and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Chateau de la Buzine. Calanques National Park ...

T3 Villa With Pool, Refined Services in the Countryside
Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
25 avenue du Général Leclerc, Marseille
$69
per night
Oct 24 - Oct 25

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Aix-Marseille I and Old Port of Marseille. La Vieille Charite and Museum ...

4.1/5Very Good! (410 reviews)

"We have stayed at this property for a few days. It is a new building in an excellent location. The main train station is about 5-7 minutes by walking. The main tourist attraction area - old port, is about 20 minutes by walking. Very good choice of items from the breakfast buffet, very friendly staff. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
Allée Turcat Méry, 7 square des frères Ambrogiani, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
$48
per night
Nov 8 - Nov 9

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

3.9/5Good! (309 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 Oct 9, 2019

Residhotel Grand Prado

Popular things to do in La Valentine

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

4.5/5(63 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(133 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(24 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(193 reviews)

Marseille’s old harbor offers centuries of history, outstanding coffee and produce, and beautiful views of the city and Mediterranean Sea. 

Calanques National Park
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Calanques National Park

4.5/5(62 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(10 reviews)

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

Top activities in La Valentine

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

$17

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

$145

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.

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

$145

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.

Baux de Provence, Arles & Pont du Gard Tour from Marseille
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Baux de Provence, Arles & Pont du Gard Tour from Marseille

$121

Meet your guide at 8:30 am in front of Marseille tourist office. Scope out the clifftop hamlets and medieval villages of Provence as you wind through the Alpilles. With an engaging guide to lead you between each charming site, explore Les Baux-de-Provence, Arles, Pont du Gard Aqueduc and Avignon.

Marseille Small Group Walking Food Tour
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Marseille Small Group Walking Food Tour

$98

Discover Marseilles' gourmet food and drink with this walking tour. We start the tour near to the neighborhood of “panier” and go to the old port. We taste local cakes, chocolate,olive oil, cold cut and cheese, wine, stop at bars and typical shops and restaurants.

Brunch Calanques Day Cruise
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Brunch Calanques Day Cruise

$95

Boarding : 11:00 am in front of the city hall, Marseille Vieux Port - Ends : 4:00 pm You will have a look on several monuments of the phocaean city while sailing, such as the Mucem, the Major cathedral, the Pharo Palace, the castle of If….

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