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MarseilleFrance

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

Top Hotels in Marseille

Citadines Castellane Marseille
Citadines Castellane Marseille
3 out of 5
60 Rue Du Rouet, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is $59 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in 6th Arrondissement, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Prado Market, Old Port of Marseille, and Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition Center. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (554 reviews)

"spacious room equipped with a kitchen, central location."…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2019

Citadines Castellane Marseille
NH Collection Marseille
NH Collection Marseille
4 out of 5
37 Boulevard des Dames, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is $101 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Port of Marseille and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Marseille ...

4.4/5Excellent! (376 reviews)
Good Hotel in Marseille

"The hotel is a 10 minute walk to the main attraction area around the old port area with restaurants and attractions. Staff was friendly. WiFi was good. A few blocks to the train station but uphill from the hotel to the station. My room was large and comfortable but the windows were not soundproof. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

NH Collection Marseille
Pullman Marseille Provence Aéroport
Pullman Marseille Provence Aéroport
4 out of 5
Bp 50 Aeroport, Vitrolles, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is $130 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Eurocopter and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Plage des Marettes. Karting de L'Etang and Parc du Griffon are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (425 reviews)

"The Hotel was conveniently located next to the airport. The inclusion of a free shuttle to/from the airport was great as we had an early flight to catch, but the transport from the airport to Marseilles was straight forward on the bus. The rooms were of a great size, and the restaurant served some ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Pullman Marseille Provence Aéroport
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.

Vacation Rentals in Marseille

Citadines Castellane Marseille
Citadines Castellane Marseille
3 out of 5
60 Rue Du Rouet, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is $59 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in 6th Arrondissement, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Prado Market, Old Port of Marseille, and Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition Center. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (554 reviews)

"spacious room equipped with a kitchen, central location."…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2019

Citadines Castellane Marseille
Studio à 2mn du vieux port
Studio à 2mn du vieux port
5 Cours Jean Ballard, Marseille

Located in 1st Arrondissement, this apartment building is steps from Marseille Opera House and Old Port of Marseille. Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)
Good base - 50 steps to get to lift!

"We just used the studio to store our luggage after getting off a cruise ship as our flight was later that evening."…"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

Studio à 2mn du vieux port
Les Appartements d'Edmond St Suffren
Les Appartements d'Edmond St Suffren
70 Rue Saint-Suffren, Marseille

Located in La Castellane, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Prado Market and Old Port of Marseille. Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)

"There were about 65 steps up to the property with no lift. There were several cafes in the square nearby. Very near to Castellane Metro and Tram. The bathroom window had to be kept shut as it could be smelly outside from the neighbour's downpipe. A nice place though, I'd go again."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Les Appartements d'Edmond St Suffren
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.

Popular places to visit in Marseille

Top things to do in Marseille

Reviews of Marseille

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 37.23849372384937%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 45.60669456066945%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 13.807531380753138%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.510460251046025%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.8368200836820083%

5/5 - Excellent

A.Lawrence

Mar 9, 2020

loved it. people said it was dangerous, i beg to differ.. the port and the surrounding areas are just lovely. i will return to see more of Marseille

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

We stayed a week at this property because they were honest. We had issues with other places who were not very trustworthy. Marseille is not a very straightforward experience, you have to be careful where you stay.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

This city is not sightseeing city. Some local trains are dirty on the outside. Rail roads in the station were filled with garbage.

4/5 - Good

Ozzy

Feb 23, 2020

During the day and up u til 8pm, it is nice. But when the sun goes down, it gets empty and shady. I was alone and am a female and felt a bit scared. There seems to be many transients that prey on tourists. I felt like I was being followed a few times

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

Unfortunately strikes & protesting is happening during my visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Beautiful weather, kind people, great graffiti, lots to do, great food

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