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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alex was an outstanding guide, knowledgeable, had interesting stories

Great synopsis of relevant French history, key stories and personal harm to make a 9 hour day fly by! Thanks Alex for wonderful memories

Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour Reviewed by Carole, 15/11/2018

Good way to see the town if you've got 24 hrs

Good way to see the town if you've got 24 hrs. We were on a cruise ship and couldn't take advantage of all the offerings.

It was a great and perfekt Day. Thank you!:-)

It was an interesting day and we got lot of Informations. We had seen a lot of beautiful things and our Tourguide Anaisa was a very Nice Person and she did her Job very well. I was very glad i had booked that tour.Thank you :-)

Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour Reviewed by Jasmina, 23/08/2018

The guide was very helpful and well informed.

Just a little glitch at the beginning...there were 6 of us...until we understood that the booking companies were all different (Get Your Guide, Viator, etc) and apparently all sub contracted to the same organization in Marseille. It all worked out, but our tour was not in French, as arranged. We agreed to take the tour in English, as the other 4 people did not speak French. But, Get Your Guide should take care with this, as if we were not bilingual, it could have been uncomfortable. As we were able to take the tour in English, all went well for everyone. The guide was helpful and well-informed and we had a very fulfilling day.

Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour Reviewed by Lucien, 20/07/2018

Excellent!!! So much covered in 8 hours!!!

What a fantastic excursion. Our tour guide Melissa was amazing and very knowledgeable. We covered so much on our tour!!! The breathtaking scenery of Cassis was picturesque. Highly recommend this tour!!!

Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour Reviewed by Janet, 18/07/2018