Top attractions 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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€.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
We wanted a segway excursion that gave us the quality of our limited time here and this did not fail to deliver. Reading about other segway service providers where there was no communications between booking and actual date, this was concerning. Comparing, this was more expensive but reliability and delivery was essential and therefore worth it. We segwayed around with no problem after a quick recap on how to use them, we stopped for the brief historic talks and moved at a good pace. The instructor always kept an eye out. It was a shame at first that we could not communicate via headsets, however this made the trip more enjoyable so was later preferred. We had enough time later to seaway across the old streets which was fun. It was amazing that we could also segway on the roads, where drivers were very friendly. thank you
We missed a reservation at Chez Fonfon because we got back at 7.30 the time of our reservation. The tour started at 8 and I was told it would be 9 and a half hours. We should have got back at 5.30. Don’t know why the guide Virginie spent so long in certain villages eg 2 hours in Gordes. Not long enough in some towns with more to see and do and too long in villages where little to do. Went to Marseille to eat Bouillabaisse and missed that experience because of bad timing. Also the guide should not ask for a tip that should be at the discretion of clients. Loved seeing all the villages but if the guide had stuck to the timetable we would have been able to eat Bouillabaisse. We hit the traffic jam coming back because she left too late. Disappointed in all and very tired at the end of the day.
This e-mountain bike tour is an excellent way to see the Calanques National Park and nearby villages. The bikes were in good order, and the route was great including a mix of beachside streets, walking paths and rocky, hilly hiking paths. I am a regular cyclist with familiarity with riding over rocks and sand but someone with little experience might find the handling a little daunting. You don't have to be in super shape -- the e-bikes work great getting you up the grades. Meeting location was easy to find, and easily accessible by Metro and bus from downtown Marseille. I felt like it was a good value. And we had fun going to the beach across the street to cool off afterward!
This E-Bike tour was a great mix of sightseeing and historical perspectives of a most interesting ancient town. Our guide was great, very insightful and able to provide just the right mix of riding and stopping to observe the areas visited. There is no way the same amount of distance and inaccessible areas could be covered in a vehicle tour or by walking (not enough time).
Our guide, Ginny (Virginia), was very friendly and informative. She made the journeys in between the locations fun and was very happy to answer questions etc. Each location was worth stopping at although it would have been nice to have longer in the village near the Quarry of Lights. But overall it was very enjoyable and we are glad we signed up.