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Marseille
Travel Guide

Take in France’s oldest city, a combination of old town charms, thriving café culture and the unique beauty of the Mediterranean Coastline.

Expect a historic bounty in Marseille, a city that blends a long-developed café culture with art, architecture and medieval landmarks. Not limited to history however, the city is home to exotic markets, spacious parks and breathtaking outdoor daytrips. Be sure to bring hiking boots.

Spring into the morning with a coffee at Vieux Port, Marseille’s historic centre. Here, the cafés have spent the last century tinkering with their formulas, perfecting each coffee to an art form.

Explore the nearby Panier, the city’s maze-like old town. Browse historic artefacts at Vieille Charité Museumor discover the stunning Baroque façade of the Hotel de Ville. The Petit Train provides easy access to the hilltop Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, where you’ll find a panoramic view of Marseille.

Join the bustle along the Canabière thoroughfare, the city’s main road and home to galleries, theatres and the magnificent Opéra de Marseille. Nearby, the city’s main tourism office provides event schedules and ticket booking. Step into the Noailles district, which is an exotic experience highlighted by a bazaar-like African market.

For some sun and fresh air, explore the intricately designed Borèly Park. Here, a grand chateau and botanic gardens provide memorable sights, historic items and exotic plants. Take the short walk to Prado Beachor Borèly Beach and enjoy a swim and a drink.

Further afar, the adventurous will delight in a day of hiking or boating around the soaring limestone formations that characterise the Calanques National Park. Combine a daytrip with a boat tour from Vieux Port to Chateau d’If, an island that once held a prison, as memorialised in Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo.

Get around the main areas of Marseille on foot, or use frequent bus and boat routes to the southern parks and more distant attractions. Trains connect Marseille to most regions of France, as well as major hubs in Central Europe. Alternatively, get to Corsica, Sardinia and North Africa via frequent ferry routes.

Where to stay in Marseille

Top hotels in Marseille

Appart'City Marseille Euromed
Appart'City Marseille Euromed
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$82 per night from 7 Mar. to 8 Mar.

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! (968 reviews)
a not so 3 stars hotel in marseille

"Frankly i don't know what to say about all the reasons to not go there : - they try to charge you for a room already paid on hotels.com - they refused at first to provide a receipt for local taxes (unbelivable) - they say the check in is at 4pm then when i showed the email where it's written between ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug. 2020

Appart'City Marseille Euromed
Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$88 per night from 7 Mar. to 8 Mar.

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (506 reviews)

"Very frendly and helfful staff"…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov. 2020

Residhotel Grand Prado
Premiere Classe Marseille Est - La Valentine
Premiere Classe Marseille Est - La Valentine
1 out of 5
The price is NZ$61 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Located in La Valentine, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Golf Marseille La Salette and within 3 miles (5 km) of Chateau de la Buzine and Allauch-Marseille ...

3.2/5 (540 reviews)

"very small, dirty, uncomfortable room. Smell of cigarettes"…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec. 2018

Premiere Classe Marseille Est - La Valentine
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.

Holiday Rentals in Marseille

Appart'City Marseille Euromed
Appart'City Marseille Euromed
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$82 per night from 7 Mar. to 8 Mar.

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! (968 reviews)
a not so 3 stars hotel in marseille

"Frankly i don't know what to say about all the reasons to not go there : - they try to charge you for a room already paid on hotels.com - they refused at first to provide a receipt for local taxes (unbelivable) - they say the check in is at 4pm then when i showed the email where it's written between ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug. 2020

Appart'City Marseille Euromed
Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$88 per night from 7 Mar. to 8 Mar.

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (506 reviews)

"Very frendly and helfful staff"…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov. 2020

Residhotel Grand Prado
Odalys City Marseille Prado Castellane
Odalys City Marseille Prado Castellane
114 Rue du Rouet et 12, rue de Cassis, Marseille
The price is NZ$106 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

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

4.1/5Very Good! (256 reviews)
A little disappointing

"Room was ok and as described. Serviced everyday which was good but I asked for ice and they don’t have any . I then asked for a wine bottle opener but again they did not have one which to me was poor. This is France after all"…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2019

Odalys City Marseille Prado Castellane
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.

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Reviews of Marseille

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Prav

9 Nov. 2019

Marseille was not as nice as other parts of France. I personally wouldn't recommend it as there are other nice places. I felt unsafe at times especially in the evening.

4/5 - Good

T

7 Oct. 2019

Nice place to visit but would stay elsewhere.

4/5 - Good

Des

13 Sep. 2019

Bus system very good to get around to the sites. The port area and old port are lovely. Notre Dame de la Gatde overlooking the town is a must see.

4/5 - Good

PortLocal

11 Sep. 2019

Marseille is a bit rough around the edges, I didn’t always feel completely safe traveling on my own here. That said it is worth visiting. The port, basilica & the Calanques were beautiful places to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Ron

21 Jul. 2019

Loved the port area, well set up for tourists. Hop on hop off bus was great.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jun. 2019

Give Marseille a chance!

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