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MarseilleFrance

A stunning coastline, thriving café culture and 26 centuries of history makes this port city in the South of France the perfect year-round escape. 

Welcome to Marseille, France’s oldest city, beloved for its history, art, architecture and café culture. Be sure to pack a camera, swimming costume and hiking boots as Marseille has beautiful historic attractions, sun-drenched city beaches and superb hiking along its dramatic Mediterranean coastline.

Start your day at the city’s bustling center, the Vieux Port. Sample the coffee and brunches that local café owners have proudly perfected into an art form over the last century.

For some of the best sightseeing, take a stroll through the Panier, the city’s old town just north of the port. Explore the Vieille Charité museum, then visit the Hotêl de Ville to admire its magnificent Baroque-style exterior. Catch the Petit Train from the north side of the port to the magnificent Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, where you’ll be rewarded with heavenly city views.

Visit the grand Opéra de Marseille and some of the many galleries and theaters around the bustling Canebière thoroughfare. While you are on the Canebière, stop by the tourism office to see what events and festivals are on in Marseille during your visit. In the Noailles district, experience the exotic in the bazaar-like atmosphere of the African markets.

Discover Marseille’s great outdoors by hiking or boating along the southern coastline through the exquisite limestone features of the Calanques National Park. Take a guided boat tour from the Vieux Port to Château d’If, a former prison island made famous in Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo.Spend a lazy afternoon in Borély Park. Explore its grand chateau and its botanic garden, then head to nearby Prado Beach or Borély Beach and enjoy a drink by the sea at sunset.

Marseille’s best sights are within walking distance of the Vieux Port, and bus and boat routes run frequently from here to more distant attractions. Rail lines connect Marseille to just about everywhere in France, and to several rail hubs in Central Europe. Regular ferries link the city to Corsica, Sardinia and North Africa. Marseille Provence Airport is one of France’s busiest, and connects with most major European airports.

Where to stay in Marseille

1st Arrondissement, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, France

1st Arrondissement

4/5Very Good!(90 area reviews)

Travellers love 1st Arrondissement for its captivating waterfront views, and you can see more of Marseille by jumping on the metro at Réformés-Canebière Metro Station or St. Charles Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Old Port of Marseille and Marseille Opera House.

1st Arrondissement
La Joliette, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, France

La Joliette

3.5/5Good!(18 area reviews)

Visitors often come to La Joliette for its waterfront views, but many stay to explore sights like Old Port of Marseille and Docks of Joliette. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you take a ride at Joliette Station.

La Joliette
8th Arrondissement, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, France

8th Arrondissement

4/5Very Good!(13 area reviews)

Beaches, shopping and waterfront views highlight some notable features of 8th Arrondissement. Make a stop by Calanques National Park or La Corniche while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Rond-Point du Prado Station or Perier Metro Station to get around town.

8th Arrondissement
6th Arrondissement, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, France

6th Arrondissement

4/5Very Good!(16 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Notre-Dame de la Garde while getting to know 6th Arrondissement, and be sure to check out the waterfront views. You can hop aboard the metro at Castellane Station or Estrangin Station to see more of the area.

6th Arrondissement
Quartier du Panier, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, France

Quartier du Panier

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 area reviews)

Travellers come to Quartier du Panier for its waterfront views, and you can see top attractions like Old Port of Marseille and La Vieille Charite while you're in town.

Quartier du Panier
7th Arrondissement, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, France

7th Arrondissement

4/5Very Good!(20 area reviews)

The ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to 7th Arrondissement. A stop by Old Port of Marseille or La Corniche might round out your trip.

7th Arrondissement

Top hotels in Marseille

Golden Tulip Marseille Euromed
Golden Tulip Marseille Euromed
4 out of 5
6 Place Henri Verneuil, Marseille
The price is Rs6,962 per night from 7 Nov to 8 Nov

Located in La Joliette, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Port of Marseille, Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal and Grand Port Maritime de Marseille. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (447 reviews)

"Staff highly professional and dedicated to help their customers"…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Golden Tulip Marseille Euromed
Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
The price is Rs3,828 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

Located in 8th Arrondissement, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Prado Market and Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition Center. Old Port of Marseille ...

3.9/5Good! (453 reviews)

"The room was not cleaned on a daily basis. Towels were not changed."…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

Residhotel Grand Prado
nhow Marseille
nhow Marseille
4 out of 5
The price is Rs9,419 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

Located in 7th Arrondissement, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of La Corniche, Prado Beach and Borely Park. Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition ...

4.3/5Excellent! (176 reviews)

"nice location pool spacious room seaview friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020

nhow Marseille
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Marseille

Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
The price is Rs3,828 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

Located in 8th Arrondissement, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Prado Market and Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition Center. Old Port of Marseille ...

3.9/5Good! (453 reviews)

"The room was not cleaned on a daily basis. Towels were not changed."…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

Residhotel Grand Prado
Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Prado Plage
Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Prado Plage
The price is Rs3,883 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Located in 8th Arrondissement, this beach residence is within a 10-minute walk of La Corniche, Prado Beach, and Borely Park. Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition ...

3.9/5Good! (229 reviews)

"Great staff, no hazzle check-out, clean, well located."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Prado Plage
Appart'City Marseille Euromed
Appart'City Marseille Euromed
3 out of 5
The price is Rs3,711 per night from 21 Oct to 22 Oct

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Docks des Suds, Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal and Grand Port Maritime de Marseille. ...

3.4/5Good! (942 reviews)
Not great

"Shabby room. Don’t be fooled by the pictures. In a building site. Bed was ok. Absolutely nothing around the area. Only reason to stay there is if you need to walk to work in the immediate area."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Appart'City Marseille Euromed
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Marseille

Old Port of Marseille
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Old Port of Marseille

4.5/5(155 reviews)

Eat fresh local produce, gaze across the city to the sea and learn about the local heritage in the historic heart of Marseille, one of France’s oldest harbours.

Calanques National Park
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Calanques National Park

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Hike, paddle, or simply sit and gaze upon the incredible white limestone cliffs, inlets and coves that have inspired many of France’s greatest artists.

Grand Port Maritime de Marseille
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Grand Port Maritime de Marseille

4.5/5(52 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Marseille with a trip to Grand Port Maritime de Marseille. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in the area.

Cassis Beach
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Cassis Beach

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Cassis Beach, a popular beach in Cassis. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Velodrome Stadium
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Velodrome Stadium

4/5(7 reviews)

Catch an event at Velodrome Stadium during your trip to Marseille.Amble around the area's beaches or visit its shops.

Le Dôme
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Le Dôme

4.5/5(5 reviews)

The biggest acts from Marseille and the world perform at this modern concert venue, easily accessible from the city center.

Reviews of Marseille

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 37.735849056603776%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 45.283018867924525%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 13.836477987421384%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.2578616352201257%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.8867924528301887%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

It’s lovely city but the people are bit roud not good manners not polite.,tube station is horrible they never want to help at least to open gate for my bay puch chair many times I have to lift a puch chair to go true

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Jan 2020

It’s very nice city love to come back again in the future

3/5 - Okay

Millie

24 Nov 2019

Marseille disappoints at first but grows in appeal. Old town best place to visit but some areas are in disrepair and feel intimidating. Docks village overrated. Marseille doesnt feel like a whole.. more like disjointed parts.. Aix en Provence lovely

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Nov 2019

I think Marseille is a beautiful and very interesting city. To me, it felt safe and I found the inhabitants very friendly. To explore properly, you need several days.

3/5 - Okay

Bob

7 Nov 2019

Central Marseille busy with locals and tourists. However widespread warnings about pickpockets made the City feel slightly unsafe Some nice backstreet cafes and bars around the old Port area. Stunning Cathedrals.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Nov 2019

Lovely city to visit. Trips, public transport, general atmosphere of the place all good. Disappointed with the food! Need more unique, authentic and one off restaurants. Lots of chains, could really do with a lovely French or Italian place.

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