Parc Borely, Marseille

(4.3/5 based on 550 reviews on the web)
Parc Borely covers a total of 17 hectares (42 acres), and has been declared one of the Notable Gardens of France by the French Ministry of Culture. The park includes a French garden, an English garden, a rose garden, and a recently renovated racetrack. The other two parts of the garden are connected to the sea and to the neighboring botanical garden by a promenade. At the heart of the park, flanked by the French garden, is the Borély Castle, which is also a historic monument. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Parc Borely by using our Marseille trip generator.
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  • Borély Park really is a beautiful park that is worth the visit. Old trees with species from all countries of the world are beautiful, the alleys where children do the bike or scooter, pedaling on bicycles to 4 people, families are large and Nice. The Lake on which you can rent a boat, the coypu and their young in the spring walking without fear (I think that some contributors, I've read the comments horrified, have confused rats and coypu...). However, there is a big downside for the Botanical Garden in Borely. By a beautiful fall afternoon I decide to go for a walk in the parc Borély. I stop in front of the Botanical Garden I have ever visited. I notify a park warden and ask him if he's paying. Answer: "Yes, € 11 must buy the ticket at the counter of the Museum a little more away". Me: "€11... Wow is not given" him: "good... we're closing in not long, go Madam" I confuse myself thanks to kindness and go. I walk for about a half an hour in the aisles. I see different kinds of trees and plants for most half wasted... in myself I say to myself "it's a good thing I didn't pay € 11 to see this! What misery". I'm heading to the exit of the Botanical Garden and then... I think that I read! The grid is closed and padlocked. This grid should measure 4 meters high! I'm not the first youth and don't see myself play the acrobats to climb it! Next to the gate there is a sign: "in case of problems call the 04.91..." I dial my cell number... sounds, sounds, sounds... no answer... I'm looking for an another possible outcome. NADA. I spend the night there? Anxiety takes me, I call the Fire Department? I return to the grid and calls the Park walkers staring at me like a freak. Finally a nice lady approached, I explain my situation and she promises to prevent the guard at the exit station. I pray to God that she go by pacing in front of this bloody grid! Phew after a good half an hour of waiting I see get a guard who deliver me, I would have gladly done the Kiss to this gentleman! So a Tip If you visit the Botanical Garden beware of closing time which is not the same as that of the Borely Park. But honestly there is nothing to see interesting in this part, do not spend money to see trees and exhausted plants.
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  • The Park is very nice, use the rosalies lets not be too tired. Very nice little restaurant next to the Lake, magical moment
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  • Ballad very refreshing and rewarding. Nice surprises: bunker dating back to the 2nd World War, contraceptive lofts, beautiful rose garden, cormorants and beavers... cry of peacocks. Refreshment in the shade overlooking the Lake.
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  • Very good spot to play Pokemon GO! Very great park, green and a nice place to run or just have a walk. It has its own lake.
  • Great scenery and beautiful château. A perfect place for a run or to have a picnic. Lots of water nearby and plenty of trees providing shade.
  • A nice place to chill to avoid the crowd of the beach just near.
  • One of the most beautiful park in Marseille, great for a walk.
  • Looking at the scenery: A little black bird, with a wing span no bigger than a man's hand, bounces on air just above our hotel room and dives for the ground several stories below. With a twitch of its fragile wings it uses a delicate breeze to vault itself back into the air and barrel roll out of the path of a soaring seagull. Other small birds join the flight. They twirl past tree trunks. They glide over graveled rooftops. Some just adopt the phrase "I'll go wherever the wind takes me" and allow themselves to be guided by the laws of nature. However, all birds rest their fatigued feathers on a large stretch of grass. Birds and flora alike keep themselves hydrated. Water is of endless supply here and chugs from left to right out of sprinklers that don't tire from the incessant heat of the sun. From the balcony of the hotel it seems as if the water never touches the green clippings of grass, but turns to mist seconds before. Observing the landscape as a whole it mimics a mirrored image of the letter 'S'. At the top of the S there are white mountains checkered in black that give curve to the horizon, nothing can be seen beyond them. Enclosed within the upper part of the inner S: water so light blue that the sky and clouds must have fallen into it; mixed together like paint in an artist's pallet and created a blend of turquoise as smooth as icing on a cake. Moving down the great slanted slope of the S the pier is just about visible. Cars can be seen too, their metallic bodies reflecting the rays of the sun, but they cannot be heard, they're as silent as the sea. Finally the S is complete by the grass mentioned earlier. Only the grass is sat in the middle of an oval track of gravel the colour of violet volcanic rock. It's a horseracing track but there are no horses; only birds swooping and snatching water from the sprinklers into their beaks.