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Things to do in Marseille

Religious Site
Climb up the hill for a beautiful view of the bay from Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, located at the highest natural point in Marseille. T
Tours from $16
National Park
Tours from $49
Pier / Boardwalk
Le Vieux Port , Marseille
Le Vieux Port has been a natural harbor for millennia. The port spans 200,000 sq m (239,200 sq yds).
Tours from $18
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Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
See top Marseille attractions including Palais du Pharo (Napoleon’s Palace) and Notre-Dame de la Garde from an electric bike as your local guide shares the long and colorful history of one of Europe’s oldest cities. Explore hidden areas most tourists don’t know about, see picturesque ports, and marvel at sublime views of the Mediterranean Sea. Riding an electric bike allows you, your family and your friends to cover plenty of ground without getting tired, so you can see the best of this dynamic coastal town with ease.This small-group tour is limited to eight people for a more intimate experience.
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Religious Site
Cathédrale La Major , Marseille
Cathédrale La Major has been a Roman Catholic cathedral since 1896, and has been registered as a heritage building since 1840. The present ca
Tours from $5
History Museum
Enrich your understanding of European and Mediterranean civilizations at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, which takes an i
Tours from $5

Recommended Marseille tours


Sacred & Religious Sites · Piers & Boardwalks · History Museums
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. Plan how to spend your time in Marseille and other destinations in France using our France visit planner.

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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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