The Jardin du Pharo

History of the Parc du Pharo

When Louis Napoleon Bonaparte visited the Phocaean city in 1852, he was charmed by the city and decided to build a waterfront residence there. In 1858, the first stone was laid on the so-called "Teste More" site, which overlooks the port and offers a magnificent panorama. The young prince became Napoleon III in the meantime, but he did not have the opportunity to take advantage of it, since at the time of the fall of the Empire the palace remained unfinished.

The Parc du Pharo

Between the sea and the plunging view it offers on the Old Port, the park is bordered by almost six hectares of garden called Émile Duclaux, which are the ideal place for a stroll in Marseille. These green spaces, highly prized by families, walkers and tourists alike, are among the most pleasant in the Phocaean city.

Sitting on a bench facing the Old Port, or lying on the grass facing the sea, you will love to relax and let your mind wander with the landscape, the boats leaving the port and the history impregnating the place. The Jardin du Prado is a peaceful and natural heaven in the city. It is one of Marseille's most pleasant gardens to walk in and is a children's park. Children's games and large shaded lawns are a delight for families. Photo lovers will have a great time as inspiration will never be lacking there.

And why not profit from this view and this magnificent park to run in Marseille. And have you thought about renting bicycles? The city also offers Vélib Marseille and, for those who have balance, you could try renting a segway!

A monument in the Park also pays tribute to the sailors who died during World War I.

Today, the area includes a 900-seat international conference center that welcomes nearly 60,000 people per year. You can go to the restaurant in Marseille located in front of the Palace.