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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

Musee d\'Histoire de Marseille

1st Arrondissement

4/5Very Good!(138 area reviews)

Old Port of Marseille and Marseille Opera House are top sights in 1st Arrondissement, and you should be sure to explore the captivating waterfront views. Hop aboard the metro at Réformés-Canebière Metro Station or St. Charles Station to see more sights in the area.

1st Arrondissement
Cathedral la Major

La Joliette

4/5Very Good!(21 area reviews)

If you're spending time in La Joliette, you might enjoy attractions like Old Port of Marseille and Docks of Joliette. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's captivating waterfront views before hopping on the metro at Joliette Station to see more of the city.

La Joliette
8th Arrondissement featuring a fountain, a pool and a park

8th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 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
Notre-Dame de la Garde showing heritage elements, landscape views and views

6th Arrondissement

4/5Very Good!(39 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
La Vieille Charite

Quartier du Panier

4.5/5Wonderful!(44 area reviews)

Quartier du Panier is known for its captivating waterfront views, and you can make a stop by Old Port of Marseille and La Vieille Charite while in the area.

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

7th Arrondissement

4/5Very Good!(29 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 ¥10,060 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (448 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Golden Tulip Marseille Euromed
Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
Allée Turcat Méry, 7 square des frères Ambrogiani, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥5,532 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

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! (455 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Residhotel Grand Prado
nhow Marseille
nhow Marseille
4 out of 5
200, Corniche J F Kennedy, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is ¥13,529 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (177 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jul 24, 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.

Vacation Rentals in Marseille

Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
Allée Turcat Méry, 7 square des frères Ambrogiani, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is ¥5,532 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

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! (455 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Residhotel Grand Prado
Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Prado Plage
Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Prado Plage
46 Rue des Mousses, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is ¥5,603 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 22

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! (230 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Prado Plage
Appart'City Marseille Euromed
Appart'City Marseille Euromed
3 out of 5
118-120 rue de Ruffi, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is ¥5,354 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

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! (946 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 Feb 20, 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(210 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

5/5(68 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(89 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(43 reviews)

Nothing says vacation 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(12 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(13 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Marseille

Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence & Les Baux-de-Provence Full-Day Tour
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Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence & Les Baux-de-Provence Full-Day Tour

¥16,015
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Marseille Self-Guided Audio Tour
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Marseille Self-Guided Audio Tour

¥1,495
Per adult
Provence in a Day from Marseille
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Provence in a Day from Marseille

¥16,015
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Cassis: sea, cliffs and wines
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Cassis: sea, cliffs and wines

¥11,498
Per adult
Half-Day Tour of Cassis
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Half-Day Tour of Cassis

¥8,008
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Transfer from Cruise terminal of Marseille to Marseille airport
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Transfer from Cruise terminal of Marseille to Marseille airport

¥8,171
Per adult

Reviews of Marseille

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
89
5 - Excellent 37.23849372384937%
4 - Good
109
4 - Good 45.60669456066945%
3 - Okay
33
3 - Okay 13.807531380753138%
2 - Disappointing
6
2 - Disappointing 2.510460251046025%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.8368200836820083%

5/5 - Excellent

A.Lawrence

Mar 9, 2020

loved it. people said it was dangerous, i beg to differ.. the port and the surrounding areas are just lovely. i will return to see more of Marseille

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

We stayed a week at this property because they were honest. We had issues with other places who were not very trustworthy. Marseille is not a very straightforward experience, you have to be careful where you stay.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

This city is not sightseeing city. Some local trains are dirty on the outside. Rail roads in the station were filled with garbage.

4/5 - Good

Ozzy

Feb 23, 2020

During the day and up u til 8pm, it is nice. But when the sun goes down, it gets empty and shady. I was alone and am a female and felt a bit scared. There seems to be many transients that prey on tourists. I felt like I was being followed a few times

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

Unfortunately strikes & protesting is happening during my visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Beautiful weather, kind people, great graffiti, lots to do, great food

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