Marvellous Marseille

Marseille is one of France’s oldest cities and offers a rich blend of culture and tradition. It’s no surprise it’s been awarded European Capital of Culture for 2013.

 

 

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What to do

Discover the coastlines of Marseille

Discover an array of secret little beaches scattered along the coastline. Family-friendly or exclusive, sandy or rocky: there is something for everyone. Take a break at the welcoming Prophète Beach, protected by a breakwater and lifeguards it's ideal for the kids. Don't forget a visit to the Vallon des Auffes, a brightly-coloured fishing village.

 

Tip: Enjoy a drink on the terrace of Le Petit Pavillon on the water's edge – the perfect spot for seeing the sun set. 
 


Admire the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica

Climb up the hill known as La Garde, to admire the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica. At the top, you’ll see the beautiful ‘La Bonne Mère', as the locals call her, watching over the city. At nearly 10 metres high you can’t miss the gold painted statue of the Virgin Mary. Go back down towards the Saint-Victor Basilica, stopping off at the Santon Marcel-Carbonel Museum on your way. After all of that, take a well-earned break and relax on the grassy lawns of the Jardin du Pharo.


Explore the Frioul archipelago on foot

Four little islands, each with eccentric names: If, Tiboulen, Pomègues and Ratonneau are only a short boat trip from the Old Port. Follow in the footsteps of Alexandre Dumas on the island of If and visit the famous Château d'If. Alternatively, take a walk on the remarkable twin islands of Pomègues and Ratonneau. You’ll find sea birds and rare plants on these tiny islands, or perhaps you’d prefer to chill out on one of the 3 beaches on Ratonneau.


TRAINS TO MARSEILLE