Explore Marseille ∙ traveler guide

Explore Marseille, FranceExplore Marseille, France. Photo by Pim Myten

Explore Marseille: bucket tlist for traveler

Marseille, one of the major ports of the Mediterranean Sea, is a beautiful city with over 2600 years of history, splendid architecture, lots of seafood, and sunny days. It is your next top European destination with a busy harbor, urban energy, and 2,4 million tourists visiting the attractions each year.

Things not to miss in Marseille

  • Admire the magnificence of Notre Dame de la Garde rising on the top of the hill and overlooking the city.
  • Take a stroll around the Vieux Port to take photos, taste fresh seafood, and watch the myriad boats in the Old Harbour.
  • Don’t miss out on spectacular views of Marseille’s Old Town Le Panier with colorful buildings and narrow alleys. 
  • Find yourself in Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Montecristo novel visiting the famous 16th-century castle, Château d’If.
  • Enjoy the architectural masterpiece of Palais Longchamp, built to commemorate the victory over the cholera epidemic.
  • Take a day trip to Calngues, the limestone cliffs stretching 20 miles along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.  

Eat like a local in Marseille

  • Find the best navettes (boat-shaped cookies) in the Four des Navettes in the Vieux Port, the oldest bakery in Marseille.
  • Try tasty and fresh seafood in Le Petit Nice Passedat with a menu changing according to fishers’ catch.
  • Experience the palette of emotions and flavors in Chez Fonfon, a restaurant serving a tremendous local shellfish and fish stew.
  • Head to popular and modern bistro Madame Jeanne for confit veal with homemade gnocchi, piston soup, and organic wines. 
  • Wait in the queue at Patisserie Sylvain Depuichaffray to buy the most delicious green tea and strawberry millefeuille. 
  • Enjoy unique French wine with seasonal lunches like greek yogurt and spiced potatoes in Chicoulon

Where to stay in Marseille

  • Minimalism intertwined with luxury welcomes you in Hotel C2, a 5-star hotel with every detail you will adore.
  • Enjoy your stay in an elegant 4-star Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port – MGallery hotel in the heart of the town with Napoleon III furniture and a Provencal-style breakfast.
  • There is always an option to enjoy the romance of Marseille with a limited budget by choosing a 3-star hotel like Maison Dormoy.
  • Enjoy the big city’s advantages without the crowds’ drawbacks at an affordable price by booking Le Bungalow Guesthouse
  • Your trip to Calanques will be truly memorable if you stay in the 5-star Hôtel Les Roches Blanches Cassis, with the most romantic outdoor pool overlooking the sea.

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