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The 7 Best Things to See in Marseille

Wondering what to do in Marseille? This port-side city is the second largest in France, and offers maritime sightseeing, history, and nightlife on the sunny south coast. Let our guide of the best tourism and attractions give you a flavor.

The Old Port

The thriving heart of Marseille, this is the prettiest part of town and a great place to catch boat tours or soak up the atmosphere. Use the free ferry to cross the harbor.

Notre Dame de la Guarde

Looming over the city is this popular attraction - a Catholic Basilica with an unmissable gold statue of the Madonna and Child, known locally as la bonne mère, at its crest.

Palais Longchamp

This grand monument houses the French Natural History Museum and the Musee de Beaux-arts, so a visit kills three birds with one stone. Museum admissions are charged individually.

Marseille Cathedrale

Catch the train up the hill in summer to see this beautiful cathedral and enjoy wonderful views of the harbor and sea below. One of the best sightseeing spots in the city.

Catalanques

Lace up some sensible footwear to explore these amazing Mediterranean coves. Best enjoyed as part of a walk, hire a car or book an organized trip to get there.

Abbaye Saint Victor

Ready for Roman architecture? Enjoy the views, explore the crypts and be sure to grab yourself a 'navette' - a local pastry made with Pastis - from the bakery out front.

Nouveau Stade Vélodrome

The French love their sport, as this 67,000 seat stadium attests. Home to rugby and football, you can visit and tour the stadium by booking through the website. It costs 13€.

Planning Your Marseille Visit

What is Marseille famous for?

France is probably most famous for its amazing and indulgent food, and this harbor town is no exception. Seafood is the dish of the day, most notably bouillabaisse - a delicious fish and seafood soup.

How to get there

Marseille is best accessed by plane – check the local airport site to see who flies there from your city – or by train from mainland Europe or the UK. It's also a popular stop-off for cruise ships.

Getting around

Taxis are not cheap in this cosmopolitan city, but public transport is plentiful. A great way to see the city is by bike, using the cycle hire system. You will need to register and have a credit card handy. See the Le Velo website for more information.

Good to Know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    The temperature is pleasant year-round and Marseille enjoys a nice breeze, being coastal. July is packed with crowds celebrating Bastille Day, so if you want to avoid the rush, consider going earlier or later in the season.

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What People Are Saying About Marseille

Electric bikes makes this enjoyable for everyone!

Our guide was wonderful and allowed us to explore while taking copious amounts of pictures. Amazing vistas, beaches and forests with some good down hill fun.

Trip to Marseille's Calanques Reviewed by Brian, 10/24/2016

Absolutely beautiful, I highly recommend this tour!

Our guide was great and we had lots of fun! The views were absolutely stunning. The e-bikes make getting up and down hills easy so we had no issues keeping up. The state park is beautiful and our guide was very knowledgeable about the area, we had an excellent time.

Ride to Sormiou with an E-Bike Reviewed by Kate, 10/18/2016

The City Pass, Marseille made transpor and tourist attractions so easy

We spent 3 days in Marseille and made good use of the 72 hour City Pass visiting Chateau D'If (the boats don't always run if windy so check the weather forecast), taking the tram to Palais de Longchamps, the Petit Train to Notre Dame de la Garde, visiting MuCem amongst other things. The only thing that was disappointing was the walking tour of the Vieux Port and Panier district. We booked the English tour but were the only two English people on it so at every stop we listened to 10 mins of French and if we were lucky she remembered to give us 1 min in English (usually whilst walking to the next stop). This was really disappointing and the only walking tour we have ever had a bad experience on!. I would recommend the City Pass.

City Pass Marseille 24 Hours Reviewed by Helen, 05/18/2016

Unbelievably memorable experience from start to finish!

We booked a few days holiday in Marseille and the trip to the Luberon was a last minute decision but it ended up being one of our most memorable experiences to date; from the tranquility of Fontaine de Vacluse to the spectacular hillside beauty of Gordes with its bustling local market (on Tuesdays) to the orange hues and shops at Rousillon (where my wife went crazy and bought up a storm in a local ceramic shop) to endless cups of coffee throughout the day, we had the time of our lives with memories that will last us a lifetime; in addition we were the only clients who booked the tour that day and Get Your Guide still went ahead with the tour so we effectively had a private tour; our only disappointment was the lavendar was not in bloom as we went in May but the weather was still cool without being cold so we did not mind! We will just photoshop them in

Luberon Region Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Kevin, 05/18/2016

route was amazing. well timed. amazing guide - Chris. great vehicle.

The route was excellent. The key to the successful trip was - the guide. Chris. Professional guide, driver. Very knowledgeable. Fun, funny and personal. completely emerged and very caring and accommodating as a person and as a guide. We felt very lucky to have known him. In fact, we enrolled in another trip which he suggested - Cote d'Azur. Was beautiful although on the expensive side...

Luberon Region Full-Day Tour Reviewed by hanna, 08/12/2015

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