Enjoy your stay in Marseille

A short week is on the horizon to come and taste the Provençal idleness! Marseille Tourisme informs you about the places not to be missed during your stay!

Stroll for 4 days in Marseille and its surroundings

A more rhythmic stay awaits you with these destinations:

    Jardin du Pharo: to appreciate the calm, a view over the entrance to the Port, a place where it is good to do nothing! After a long day of visiting, it is the ideal place to catch your breath.
    Rue de la République and Saint Ferréol: an open-air shopping-area in the city center with these two streets known for their shops. La République is to be done only partially, the beginning (towards the port).
    Aix en Provence: take advantage of your stay to visit Aix-en-Provence for a day. Aix is a small Provençal village as we like to imagine it: beautiful, bright, colourful!
    Place aux Huiles: ideal for aperitifs and restaurants. La Place aux Huiles is always very lively, and you will find some very nice places there.
    MuCem: the museum the world envies us, MuCem is a breathtaking temporary exhibition and an incredible setting. Architecture lovers will be delighted!

Hike Path
Hike Info
  • Distance:
    86.96 kilometers
  • Difficulty:
  • Duration:
    48 minutes to 1 hours

Points of Interest

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The MuCEM

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations: it is more than 40,000 m² dedicated to exhibitions around the Mediterranean world in all its diversity. Divided into 3 sites, you can access it from Fort Saint-Jean and discover a view of all of Marseille.

Aix-en-Provence

Aix en Provence, its Mirabeau course, its students, its lively terraces and its nightclubs. So much reason to walk through its pedestrian alleys day and night.

Les Augustins Church

Les Augustins church in Marseille is located on the Old Port. Easily recognizable by its immaculate white facade, it dates from the 13th century.

The Porte d'Aix

The Porte d'Aix is decorated with a monumental triumphal arch. Designed since the Ancien Régime, it has undergone many changes over the History of Marseille.

The Fort Saint Jean

The Fort Saint Jean was built to defend the port of Marseille. It was also used as a commandery by the Knights Templar during the Crusades. It is an essential monument of the Phocaean city!

The Old Port

Emblematic site of Marseille with its sardine which is actually a boat that blocked the Old Port. Walk along the Old Port, let yourself be transported. You will enjoy the terraces of restaurants and cafés throughout your walk.

The Jardin du Pharo

The Jardin du Pharo is a must-see in Marseille. Magnificent view over the entrance to the Old Port, shaded lawns and imperial palace built by Napoleon 3. The Parc du Pharo will delight families and photo lovers.

Saint Laurent Church

The Saint Laurent church dominates the pass of the Old Port. It is traditionally the parish of the professions of the sea. It is closely linked to the history of Marseille: it is one of the oldest churches in Marseille.

The Jardin des Vestiges

Located on the old Roman port, the jardin des vestiges allows you to see Marseille in the ancient period with its ramparts. It is an archaeological treasure.

First day

On the first day you will visit Marseille's cultural heritage and its mythical places.

Remarkable places :

    Rue Paradis: Rue Paradis is known for its many shops. It's the perfect place to do some shopping.
    Centre Bourse: Near the rue Paradis, the Centre Bourse includes brands such as Galeries Lafayette.
    Terrasses du Port: As its name suggests, the shopping mall has a huge terrace from where you can admire the cruise ships while enjoying a coffee from Starbucks.
    Mucem: Symbol of Culture, this monument from Marseille is an architectural jewel and offers a superb view over the sea and the Phocaean city.

Hike Path
Hike Info
  • Distance:
    7.51 kilometers
  • Difficulty:
  • Duration:
    1 hours to 2 hours

Points of Interest

Les Docks

Les Docks of Marseille have taken over from the Old Port for trade. Built on the English model, they symbolize the industrial development of the city. Recently renovated, you can do a shopping session or have a drink in the various courtyards of the building.

Marseille Cathedral

It's the Cathedral of Marseille! Its real name is Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure, but we locals call it La Major. Standing proudly from the quays, it's the first thing the sailors see when they arrive in Marseille.

The MuCEM

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations: it is more than 40,000 m² dedicated to exhibitions around the Mediterranean world in all its diversity. Divided into 3 sites, you can access it from Fort Saint-Jean and discover a view of all of Marseille.

The Musée Cantini

In a sumptuous 17th century private mansion, the Musée Cantini houses in rue Grignan one of the largest collections of works of modern and contemporary art in France. Its temporary exhibitions will delight art lovers.

The Opera

The Opéra de Marseille is one of the oldest in France. Destroyed by a fire, it was rebuilt in 1920. It is a real architectural jewel.

Marseille History Museum

Discover the rich history of Marseille through a multimedia system that brings together all the major dates of the Phocaean city. You will thus relive the different periods that marked the city, and the remains of past civilizations.

The Fort Saint Jean

The Fort Saint Jean was built to defend the port of Marseille. It was also used as a commandery by the Knights Templar during the Crusades. It is an essential monument of the Phocaean city!

The Palais de la Bourse

A symbol of Marseille's economic development in the 19th century, the Palais de la Bourse celebrates the history of Marseille and its trade. A real little architectural masterpiece.

Saint Laurent Church

The Saint Laurent church dominates the pass of the Old Port. It is traditionally the parish of the professions of the sea. It is closely linked to the history of Marseille: it is one of the oldest churches in Marseille.

The Jardin des Vestiges

Located on the old Roman port, the jardin des vestiges allows you to see Marseille in the ancient period with its ramparts. It is an archaeological treasure.

Second day

For the second day, why not walk along the coastline of Marseille?

Remarkable places :

    Old port: Part of the city center, it is also the oldest district with many monuments.
    Catalans: From the Old Port, along the Kennedy Corniche, you will find the Catalan beach.
    Escale Borely: At the end of the Corniche, facing the sea, Escale Borély is an invitation to take a dip. Facing its beaches, many restaurants and ice-cream shops will please everyone.
    Parc Borely: Finally, by going up Avenue du Prado, the shaded lawns of Parc Borély will offer you a fresh spot to rest for a few moments.

Hike Path
Hike Info
  • Distance:
    16.41 kilometers
  • Difficulty:
  • Duration:
    2 hours to 4 hours

Points of Interest

Marseille Cathedral

It's the Cathedral of Marseille! Its real name is Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure, but we locals call it La Major. Standing proudly from the quays, it's the first thing the sailors see when they arrive in Marseille.

The Statue of David

In Marseille, he is called "the David". The replica of the famous sculpture is a symbol that recalls summer, the beaches. It is a landmark to find the sea and its friends. Not far from the beach, it dominates the roundabout of the Prado.

The Fort Saint Jean

The Fort Saint Jean was built to defend the port of Marseille. It was also used as a commandery by the Knights Templar during the Crusades. It is an essential monument of the Phocaean city!

The Parc du 26e Centenaire

Parc du 26ème centenaire is located a stone's throw from Castellane and was built in honour of Marseille's 2600 years of history. Its gardens evoke the cultures that cross in the city and call for unity. Built on the site of an old one, it is undoubtedly the most beautiful park in the Phocaean city.

Saint Laurent Church

The Saint Laurent church dominates the pass of the Old Port. It is traditionally the parish of the professions of the sea. It is closely linked to the history of Marseille: it is one of the oldest churches in Marseille.

The Jardin de la Colline du Puget

The jardin de la colline Puget is one of the paths that lead to the Bonne Mère. Take its winding and steep roads and discover Marseille!

Saint Victor Abbey

Discover the abbey of Saint Victor in Marseille. One of the oldest and most emblematic of the Phocaean city. Visit the crypts and its ornaments.

Third day

For the 3rd day, we suggest you to take an urban walk.

Remarkable places :

    Place de la Joliette: From the Place, you can admire the Docks and its unique architecture.
    The Cathedral of the Major: Standing proudly close to the Fort Saint Jean, the Cathedral of the Major will impress you with its dimensions as big as those of the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome.
    La Canebière: The famous avenue de Marseille is no longer what it used to be. Take a look at it, but you probably won't stay long.
    Rue de Rome: Another one of Marseille's streets dedicated to shopping!
    Castellane: The Castellane fountain was built during the Louis XIV era. It sits in the middle of the square of the same name and is now a meeting point for the locals. It is surrounded by many bars and restaurants.


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Hike Path
Hike Info
  • Distance:
    5.88 kilometers
  • Difficulty:
  • Duration:
    49 minutes to 1 hours

Points of Interest

Les Docks

Les Docks of Marseille have taken over from the Old Port for trade. Built on the English model, they symbolize the industrial development of the city. Recently renovated, you can do a shopping session or have a drink in the various courtyards of the building.

The MAAOA

The Museum of Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas has the second largest collection behind the Louvre. Located in Marseille, in the heart of the Vieille Charité, it is a must-see museum in the Phocaean city.

The Prefecture Building

The Prefecture of the Bouches du Rhône is a magnificent historical building in the heart of Marseille. Inspired by Florentine palaces and Second Empire style, the monument is really worth a visit.

Marseille Cathedral

It's the Cathedral of Marseille! Its real name is Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure, but we locals call it La Major. Standing proudly from the quays, it's the first thing the sailors see when they arrive in Marseille.

Canebière / Noailles

The Canebière isn't the most commercial street, or even the most attractive in Marseille, but it's the one and only Canebière, and we love it. Noailles and its market.

The Alcazar Library

Once a prestigious cabaret, the Alcazar has now become a library. In the heart of the Belsunce district, discover this cultural space with its old charm.

Place Castellane

Place Castellane is one of the symbols of Marseille. Gateway to the southern districts, a strategic crossroads and a neighbourhood with a village atmosphere, the fountain is a work of art and a real strategic point in the Phocaean city.

Fourth day

Finally, on your last day you can enjoy a walk by the sea.

Remarkable places :

    Anse de Maldorme: A nap on the rocks under the sun in such a setting is a must! Go take a look, you won't be disappointed!
    Anse de la Fausse Monnaie: This small cove is worth a visit with its magnificent view over the Marseille islands.
    Prado Beaches: Prado beaches are undoubtedly the most beautiful in Marseille. Their turquoise waters are ideal for a swim before you continue your walk.
    Parc du 26ème centenaire: It is one of the most recent parks in the city. Its wide lawns are perfect for a picnic or outdoor activities.

 

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Hike Path
Hike Info
  • Distance:
    10.71 kilometers
  • Difficulty:
  • Duration:
    1 hours to 2 hours

Points of Interest

The Corniche John F. Kennedy

Enjoy the view of the Friuli Coast and Islands from the Corniche. By car or on foot, a breathtaking 8 km walk.

Prado Beaches

Le Prado Beaches a must-see. Kilometres of seaside with beaches, restaurants, bars and sports activities. One of the best beaches in France!

Le Roucas Blanc

Discover the charming Roucas Blanc district in the 7th arrondissement of Marseille. Built on a rock, it overlooks the sea and offers exceptional panoramas!

The Vallon des Auffes

Don't miss the beauty of this traditional fishing port and let yourself be tempted by one of its restaurants.

Malmousque

The Malmousque district is a real treasure for swimming enthusiasts. Many coves and small calanques can be found around.

The Vélodrome Stadium

Discover our legendary Orange Velodrome Stadium! The highlights, the renovation, the dream in blue, the Olympique de Marseille in all its splendour! Come and watch a game of the famous OM team, and vibrate with the fans in the corners! A unique moment in perspective!

The Statue of David

In Marseille, he is called "the David". The replica of the famous sculpture is a symbol that recalls summer, the beaches. It is a landmark to find the sea and its friends. Not far from the beach, it dominates the roundabout of the Prado.

The Parc du 26e Centenaire

Parc du 26ème centenaire is located a stone's throw from Castellane and was built in honour of Marseille's 2600 years of history. Its gardens evoke the cultures that cross in the city and call for unity. Built on the site of an old one, it is undoubtedly the most beautiful park in the Phocaean city.

The Parc Borély

The Parc Borély is a symbol for all Marseille residents. Everyone has their memories in the huge wooded alleys and along the canals. A must see!

Prophète Beach

Le Prophète Beach is very popular in summer, both during the day and at night. It is a friendly place to come with family in the morning and friends in the evening.