Marseille

Travel Guide
Vieux Port featuring boating and a marina

A stunning coastline, thriving café culture and 26 centuries of history makes this port city in the South of France the perfect year-round escape.

Welcome to Marseille, France’s oldest city, beloved for its history, art, architecture and café culture. Be sure to pack a camera, swimming costume and hiking boots as Marseille has beautiful historic attractions, sun-drenched city beaches and superb hiking along its dramatic Mediterranean coastline.

Start your day at the city’s bustling center, the Vieux Port. Sample the coffee and brunches that local café owners have proudly perfected into an art form over the last century.

For some of the best sightseeing, take a stroll through the Panier, the city’s old town just north of the port. Explore the Vieille Charité museum, then visit the Hotêl de Ville to admire its magnificent Baroque-style exterior. Catch the Petit Train from the north side of the port to the magnificent Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, where you’ll be rewarded with heavenly city views.

Visit the grand Opéra de Marseille and some of the many galleries and theaters around the bustling Canebière thoroughfare. While you are on the Canebière, stop by the tourism office to see what events and festivals are on in Marseille during your visit. In the Noailles district, experience the exotic in the bazaar-like atmosphere of the African markets.

Discover Marseille’s great outdoors by hiking or boating along the southern coastline through the exquisite limestone features of the Calanques National Park. Take a guided boat tour from the Vieux Port to Château d’If, a former prison island made famous in Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo. Spend a lazy afternoon in Borély Park. Explore its grand chateau and its botanic garden, then head to nearby Prado Beach or Borély Beach and enjoy a drink by the sea at sunset.

Marseille’s best sights are within walking distance of the Vieux Port, and bus and boat routes run frequently from here to more distant attractions. Rail lines connect Marseille to just about everywhere in France, and to several rail hubs in Central Europe. Regular ferries link the city to Corsica, Sardinia and North Africa. Marseille Provence Airport is one of France’s busiest, and connects with most major European airports.

Where to stay in Marseille

Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
25 avenue du Général Leclerc, Marseille, 13003
Fully refundable
The price is $63 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Marseille. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,024 reviews)
"Clean and functional Japanese style accommodation close to main train station"

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
Maisons du Monde Hôtel & Suites - Marseille Vieux Port
Maisons du Monde Hôtel & Suites - Marseille Vieux Port
4 out of 5
43 Quai Des Belges, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, 13001
The price is $162 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Marseille. Enjoy free WiFi, a marina, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (138 reviews)
"Great location, close to everything. The staff was so nice, especially the one man that worked overnight shift. He was so kind to my friend."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

Maisons du Monde Hôtel & Suites - Marseille Vieux Port
Best Western Marseille Aeroport
Best Western Marseille Aeroport
3 out of 5
Face à L'aéroport, Vitrolles, Bouches-du-Rhone, 13127
The price is $132 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 25
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Vitrolles. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (970 reviews)
"It was super easy to get to from the airport. The shuttle came shortly after being called. Bed was very comfortable and made for a good airport stay."

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

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.
Appart'City Marseille Euromed
Appart'City Marseille Euromed
3 out of 5
118-120 rue de Ruffi, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, 13003
The price is $59 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Marseille. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
3.4/5 Good! (1,023 reviews)
a not so 3 stars hotel in marseille
"Frankly i don't know what to say about all the reasons to not go there : - they try to charge you for a room already paid on hotels.com - they refused at first to provide a receipt for local taxes (unbelivable) - they say the check in is at 4pm then when i showed the email where it's written between ..."

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Appart'City Marseille Euromed
Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
Allée Turcat Méry, 7 square des frères Ambrogiani, Marseille, 13008
The price is $63 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Marseille. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the overall value in our ...
3.8/5 Good! (750 reviews)
"location is great"

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhome Marseille Saint Charles
Residhome Marseille Saint Charles
3 out of 5
10 boulevard Charles Nedelec, Marseille, 13001
The price is $79 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this 3-star residence in Marseille. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,173 reviews)
"The staff were very kind and accommodating, the rooms well equipped with everything a traveler needs."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Residhome Marseille Saint Charles
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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