A week to visit Marseille

Marseille Tourisme offers you several ideas for a perfect one-week holiday"! A relaxing and total exotic experience. Let's go!

First day

For this first day, you can visit the basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde and then go to Les Terrasses du Port by public transport. Walk around the Place de la Joliette and visit our beautiful Mucem.

Hike Path
Hike Info
  • Distance:
    11.92 kilometers
  • Difficulty:
  • Duration:
    2 hours to 3 hours

Points of Interest

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.

Notre Dame de la Garde

The Bonne Mère is known all over the world. It sits atop the Phocaean city and continues to attract visitors and pilgrims from all over the world.

The Maison Diamantée

The Maison Diamantée is with the Hôtel de Cabre one of the oldest buildings in Marseille. It is the last vestige of the patrician houses of Marseille.

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.

Cabre Hotel

The Hôtel de Cabre is one of the oldest buildings in Marseille. Its construction date is estimated at the 16th century. Its mixture of Gothic and Renaissance style and its atypical history will fascinate you.

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 Daviel Pavilion

The Daviel Pavilion is the former town hall of Marseille. It was also where heads were cut off during the revolution. Today, it is more peaceful and this place full of history deserves a stop during your visit to the Phocaean city :)

Marseille City Hall

The Marseille City Hall is a symbol of the city. Influenced by the Genoese palaces, it stands majestically in front of the Old Port with its typical silhouette.

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!

Notre Dame des Accoules

It is one of the oldest churches in Marseille. All we see now is the bell tower, so recognizable, and so important to the people of Marseille. Destroyed several times, it was rebuilt in the 18th century.

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.

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!

The Musée des Beaux-Arts

In the heart of the magnificent Palais Longchamp, the Musée des Beaux Arts de Marseille presents hundreds of works dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. François Puget's collection is worth a visit.

Second day

Stroll along boulevard Perier, in the heart of the 8th arrondissement, passing through Malmousque and the Vallon des Auffes.

Remarkable places :

- Roucas Blanc: This is a district of the 7th arrondissement with a superb panoramic view and magnificent villas.

- Pharo: Requested by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Palace is an architectural marvel. The surrounding garden is superb and overlooks the Old Port, offering a magnificent view.

- Vallon des Auffes: This small cove has a traditional fishing port and very good restaurants. It is the perfect place to have a peaceful lunch.

- Anse de Malmousque: This is the perfect place to take a break during your visit. Sit for a few moments on the surrounding rocks to enjoy the view.

- Corniche Kennedy: The Corniche runs along the sea to the Prado and its 8 km long bench will allow you to sit down and admire the view over the coast and the Friuli islands.

- Parc Borély: The park is one of Marseille's symbols. Its magnificent gardens make it an ideal setting for joggers.

Hike Path
Hike Info
  • Distance:
    19.28 kilometers
  • Difficulty:
  • Duration:
    3 hours to 4 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.

The Monument aux Morts de l'Armée d'Orient

On the Corniche you can't miss this majestic monument. A must for all visitors travelling to the Vallon des Auffes or Malmousque.

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.

Catalans Beach

Les Catalans is a very popular sandy beach located almost in Marseille's city centre. A mythical address for all Marseilles residents

Fort Saint Nicolas

Fort St Nicolas, or Fort Entrecasteaux, was built both to defend the city and to control its inhabitants. To see the view from the ramparts.

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.

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.

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

Relax on the Lac de Peyrolles. Rent a bike and tour the island or find a cove to relax and swim by the clear water! Alternatively, you can enjoy the wild nature of the Verdon with the Lac de Sainte Croix or visit the small shopping streets of Hyères.

Remarkable places :

- Lac de Peyrolles: Lac de Peyrolles is renowned for its outdoor activities. You can indeed wake-boarding, water skiing....

- Aix en Provence: Aix will be an essential stopover during your holidays.

- Sainte Victoire Nature Reserve: The famous Sainte Victoire mountain which inspired Cézanne offers many walks for all levels.

Hike Path
Hike Info
  • Distance:
    66.28 kilometers
  • Difficulty:
  • Duration:
    9 hours to 15 hours

Points of Interest

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.

Fourth day

Enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the Route des Crêtes and spend some time at La Ciotat and Cassis.

Remarkable places :

- The road of the Ridges: Connecting Cassis to La Ciotat, this road will offer you magnificent views.

- La Ciotat: With its beaches and market, La Ciotat is a must if you are on holiday in Marseille.

- Cassis: Very famous for its wine, Cassis has a small port typical of Provence and beaches with beautiful clear water.

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  • Distance:
    37.12 kilometers
  • Difficulty:
  • Duration:
    5 hours to 9 hours

Points of Interest

Cassis

Cassis is the ideal starting point to explore the calanques. But it is also a typical Provençal village that will charm you with its small port, restaurants and beaches. The beaches and creeks of Cassis are very famous in Bouches-du-Rhône and Provence.

Cassis

The beach of Cassis, near Marseille: a paradise of fine sand and turquoise water! To visit very now!

Fifth day

Visit the calanques of Marseille and take a boat tour around the Friuli islands. Don't forget to visit the famous Château d'If!

Remarkable places :

- Friuli Islands: Located in front of Marseille, these islands, steeped in history, served as the setting for the Count of Monte Cristo. The remains of the Caroline Hospital and the Château d'If Prison are also worth a visit.

- Calanque de Sormiou: It is one of the most beautiful creeks in Marseille. Whether you go by sea or by hiking, you will not be disappointed by the crystal clear waters.

- Calanque de Morgiou: At the end of a hike, you will arrive in this small port. Its turquoise waters are a very beautiful reward.

Hike Path
Hike Info
  • Distance:
    31.06 kilometers
  • Difficulty:
  • Duration:
    4 hours to 7 hours

Points of Interest

Ratonneau Island

Visit Ratonneau Island and discover the Fort de Ratonneau. The Ratonneau island is part of the Friuli islands, located just opposite Marseille. Remains of a fort and a hospital can be visited.

The Friuli Islands

The Friuli islands are an archipelago off the coast of Marseille, France. It includes 4 islands, all equally beautiful, with fine sand, turquoise water, wild and protected fauna and flora. A beautiful escapade to discover quickly!

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.

Calanque de Sormiou

Sormiou is one of the most beautiful creeks in Marseille National Park and undoubtedly the favourite calanque of the inhabitants of Marseille. Far from the city, you can rest and admire the magnificent view from the calanque.

Last day

Go to Aix-en-Provence and take a walk in the Allées Provençales.

Remarkable places :

- Cours Mirabeau: Cours Mirabeau is the most famous avenue in Aix. Bordered by plane trees, you can relax on a terrace and enjoy its shaded areas.

- Parc Jourdan: An emblematic park of the city, it is also one of the largest. Its lawns will be an ideal playground!

- La Rotonde: It is the meeting place for all the locals. Located at the bottom of Cours Mirabeau, its fountain stands in the middle of the roundabout of the same name.

- Plan de campagne: It is the 4th most visited commercial area in France. Imagine more than 500 shops spread over 250,000 m2... A paradise for shopping fans!

 

Hike Path
Hike Info
  • Distance:
    26.65 kilometers
  • Difficulty:
  • Duration:
    4 hours to 6 hours