Visiting Marseille is child's play

Marseille Tourisme is the will to provide authentic information, certified by our dear tourist friends. Visiting Marseille is no longer a headache, discover now the secret places, jealously kept by the locals ;) Enjoying a tour in Marseille means discovering the emblematic districts, testing restaurants with exotic flavours, and enjoy the cosmopolitan life offered by the Phocaean City. It also means taking care of yourself and playing sports.

The Old Port

It is the must-see of Marseille. A real star in the city, the Old Port is a place to live, in which all generations blend together. Night and day, students, young working people, families and seniors stroll around. In the heart of the city of Marseille, the Old Port is a place steeped in an exciting history, where you can feel the atmosphere of Marseille, between the fish market and the excitement of the city centre. On match nights, it is here again that the fervour of the fans can be heard all the way to the Velodrome...

Notre-Dame de la Garde

The one we see all over Marseille. An emblem of the Phocaean City that proudly stands above the city and its inhabitants. Notre Dame de la Garde or "La Bonne Mère", in a few words: 800 pilgrimages, 157 meters high, and a breathtaking view of all of Marseille. The statue of Mary dominates the basilica with its 11 meters high and 9796 kilos, it shines in summer, and appears as a mirage among the thick clouds of winter. With its rich history, the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde is a must for anyone looking to discover Marseille....

Le Panier

Does the Panier District mean anything to you? If you are a fan of the french tv show Plus Belle la Vie, you certainly know this lively and friendly neighbourhood. If it already has a lot of charm in the TV series, the reality is even more beautiful! This district of Marseille is a few meters away from the Old Port and the Joliette. A real village in the city, you will feel like in the old Marseille. Local shops, gigantic graffiti tags that tell beautiful stories, typical houses, and terraces filled in summer and winter, do not hesitate to come and stroll through these mysterious and shaded alleys, which will tell you the story of an ever more captivating Phocaean city....

 

Marseille on foot

Discover and visit the Phocaean city on foot and take the time to admire its monuments, stroll among its shops and contemplate its most beautiful landscapes. Whether on the sea or land side, we have prepared personalised itineraries to suit your desire to discover the Phocaean City.

Marseille in 1 day

Visiting Marseille for a day? We have created itineraries that will show you the essentials of Marseille in a short time. Discover the must-see attractions of the South East Capital, and open your eyes wide, so you don't miss out on any of these breathtaking landscapes.

Marseille in 2 days

Between town and calanques, enjoy the beauty of Marseille and explore the heart of the city thanks to our tours specially designed for your two-day stay. Do not hesitate to visit the surrounding cities, Aix en Provence, Cassis, or Carry, and discover the more outlying landscapes of the Phocaean City, you will come back stunned!

Les plus beaux villages de France en Provence

Loin de l'affluence et de l'excitation des côtes méditerranéennes, parcourez et visitez les plus beaux villages de Provence dans les terres provençales.

18 reasons to never visit Marseille

Do you have a few days off and plan to spend them in Provence? Marseille Toursime gives you every reason NOT to go to the Phocaean City!

TOP 5 ski resorts less than 3 hours from Marseille

The winter holidays are coming soon and with them the question for all snow lovers: where to go skiing this year?

What's up in February?

On your agendas! Marseille Tourisme offers you a small selection with everything you need to know to have fun in February in Marseille.

« Je danse le MIA » à l'écran !

La fameuse musique de notre groupe préféré Marseillais: « je danse le MIA » va avoir son propre film.

Electric scooters are coming to Marseille!

The electric scooters are coming into the Phocaean city, and they're already invading us! We explain how it works!

The history of Marseille

If the exact conditions of Massalia's foundation are still clouded with mystery, we know that the City was built by the Greek settlers of Phocaeus who came to establish a trading port there. Thus, the bay of Lacydon - a wide and deep cove - has become one of the most attractive ports in the Mediterranean and an essential emblem of the Phocaean City. Massalia quickly became a prosperous city with strong growth. Its strategic location permits to maintain privileged commercial links with Greece, Asia and Rome. The population of Marseille was already around 40,000 at that time (enough to fill the Velodrome Stadium to the 3/4!), making it the largest urban area in Gaul and an important cultural and religious city.

Marseille: a Greco-Roman city?

But in the 1st century BC, the Phocaean City became Roman. The city's influence was gradually diminishing in favour of Arles, which quickly became a major competitor. The following centuries were marked by successive attempts to conquer the city. If the Visigoths failed to enter the City, the Burgundians (initially) and then the Ostrogoths managed to take control of Marseille. It was not until 536 AD that the Francs of Clovis took over Provence. Then began a prosperous period during which Marseille tried to compete with Arles; the construction of the Cathedral of the Major and the Abbey of Saint-Victor was a sign of this intention.

Definitive attachment to the Kingdom of France

Plundered in the 8th century by Charles Martel, ravaged by the great plague of Europe in 1347, it was not until the 15th century that the city really regained its former attractiveness, the date on which Marseille was truly attached to the Kingdom of France. Impressed by the commercial power of the city, François I deplored its vulnerability and lack of defence against potential enemies and ordered the construction of the Château d'If and ramparts.

A historically rebellious city

Marseille's rebellious past, still rooted in its DNA, resurfaced in the 17th century when the city rebelled against the Sun King's policies. Louis XIV besieged, disarmed and controlled the Phocaean City in order to assert his political authority. Aware of the city's potential, the King undertook a vast urban planning project (a little more impressive than the Euro-Mediterranean project) that gave way to numerous developments: construction of the Vieille Charité, Fort Saint-Jean, the new Town Hall, and the Canebière and Cours Belsunce developments. This urban momentum contributed to the rapid development of the city but ran out of steam dramatically with the 1720 plague, which killed a third of the Phocaeans. As always in its history, Marseille has rebounded by opening up even more to international trade. Historically rebellious, Marseille was naturally very committed to the ideas of the Revolution and sent nearly 500 men to Paris. The rest of the story is now famous: the Marseilles revolutionaries adopted the war song of Rouget de Lisle and took it up in chorus in the streets of Paris. La Marseillaise was born...