Escape to Marseille! Enjoy its cafés, museums, and boating.

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.

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Cafes, Skyscrapers and Museums

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Where to stay in Marseille

La Valentine
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La Valentine

Known for Golf, Budget, Shopping

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.

La Castellane
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La Castellane

Known for Shopping, Monuments, Football

To the south of Marseille’s Vieux-Port, this bustling neighborhood along the Avenue Prado is full of magnificent civil and religious architecture.

Top Hotels in Marseille

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
25 avenue du Général Leclerc, Marseille
$68
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.1/5Very Good! (354 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay,it was close to amenities, close to the bus station, helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port
4 out of 5
38-40 Quai De Rive Neuve, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
$135
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.2/5Excellent! (1,154 reviews)

"Excellent Breakfast with lots of choice, friendly helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port
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Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
Allée Turcat Méry, 7 square des frères Ambrogiani, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
$52
per night
Oct 5 - Oct 6
3.9/5Good! (288 reviews)

"It has a good kitchen. But shelves should be cleaned better."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Residhotel Grand Prado

Popular things to do in Marseille

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

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.

La Vieille Charite
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La Vieille Charite

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

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

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

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

Prado Beach
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Prado Beach

Lie on the sand, join a game of beach rugby or take to the Mediterranean skies at Marseille’s favorite summertime beach.

Top activities in Marseille

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

$123

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

$99

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

$96

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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