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Marseille

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Gateway to Provence
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France. From its colorful markets, like the Noailles market that will make you feel like you're in Africa, to the Calanques de Marseille miniature fjords with tall limestone cliffs down into the sea, Marseille has a lot to offer. Add the historical district at Vieux Port to your itinerary for fabulous restaurants, bars, and nightlife. Also, consider Corniche, the old scenic sightseeing road along the sea with many places to find adventure, such as diving, climbing, and boating.

The mild Mediterranean climate has mildly warm and humid winters, and warm to hot, mostly dry summers with plenty of sun. Wonderful aromas produced by traditional seafood dishes, such as Bouillabaisse, a famous seafood stew made with fresh local fish, fill the streets. Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, and one of the oldest cities of the Mediterranean founded by Greeks in 600 BCE. Because of the city's historical building development, many of the roadways are narrow, making it difficult to drive. A great alternative option is to rent a bicycle from any of the 130 terminals offered by Le Vélo. Add Marseille and other destinations in France to your travel plans using our France trip planner.
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Religious Site
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations ©
Art Museum
Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Le Vieux Port
Pier / Boardwalk
Le Vieux Port
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Parc National des Calanques ©
National Park
Parc National des Calanques
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Marseille

Calanques ©
Geologic Formation
Calanques Cassis
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Lérins Islands ©
Island
Lérins Islands Cannes
4.6
Duration: 6 hours
Palais des Papes ©
World heritage site
Palais des Papes Avignon
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
La Croisette ©
Neighborhood
La Croisette Cannes
3.9
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Marseille

Abbaye Saint Victor ©
Religious Site
Abbaye Saint Victor
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Palais Longchamp ©
Historic Site
Palais Longchamp
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Marseille

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MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain ©
Art Museum
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Musee d'Histoire de Marseille ©
History Museum
Musee d'Histoire de Marseille
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Centre de la Vieille Charite ©
Specialty Museum
Centre de la Vieille Charite
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Le Musee de la Moto ©
Specialty Museum
Le Musee de la Moto
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Tours in Marseille

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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
3.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Food Tour
Food Tours
4.5
Duration: 3 hours

Nature in Marseille

Chateau d'If ©
Island
Chateau d'If
4.2
Duration: 4h 30 min
Ile de frioul ©
Island
Ile de frioul
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
Trolib ©
Segway Tour
Trolib
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
The Panier ©
Neighborhood
The Panier
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
Cathédrale La Major ©
Religious Site
Cathédrale La Major
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Art Museum
Carrieres des Lumieres Les Baux de Provence
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Where to stay in Marseille

The Old Port is near the water, seafood restaurants, and the not-to-be-missed museums. Hotels with sea views come with a price tag to match, though. For more affordable accommodations and local character, check out hostels and rental apartments in the Panier district. The Canebière neighborhood is in the heart of the action. For a more nature-oriented locale, a hotel near Garde Hill offers the nearby botanical gardens.
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