Lives in Marseille, France
Since Sep 2010
50-64 year old female
I'm a British journalist based just outside Marseille, writing about the city and Provence in general. My website, with a full guide to travelling to and visiting Marseille, Aix en Provence and the surrounding area: www.marvellous-provence.com. I'm also available for personalised travel planning and guided tours.
Historic Sites, Islands, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Other Outdoor Activities
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Arenas & Stadiums
Get your kids to read 'The Count of Monte Cristo,' Alexandre Dumas' thrilling novel of escape and revenge. Then visit the iconic island-prison, the story's real-life location.
Take a ride on this fun little blue and white tourist train, which will chug you up to Notre Dame de la Garde and along the beaches, or take you through the hilly backstreets of the Old Town.
There are lots of attractions for families to explore in this imposing monument to water: the Planetarium, the Museum of Natural History and a huge park to wander, play and picnic in.
Marseille has plenty of beaches, but this one near the middle of town is the best for families. Easily accessible by bus, it has plenty of amenities to keep all ages entertained: playgrounds, bars and restaurants, and in summer, supervised sports, fun activities and a giant wheel.
Marseille's trendy and very kid-friendly 'bo-bo' (bourgeois-bohemian) district has a huge play area, colorful street art and fun spots to visit, like a little factory which makes traditional Marseille soap.
It's not always hot in Marseille! This big covered sports park with skateboarding, BMX biking and ice-skating facilities is one decent place to go when the sun won't shine.
Revamped and expanded, this excellent museum (tucked away in a 60s shopping mall!) tells you all you need to know about the fascinating history of Marseille, with plenty of interactive audio-visual aids and a special circuit of games designed especially for children.
This is a must for football fans. The stadium was renovated in 2014 and looks sensational. Guided tours take you behind the scenes...
One of Marseille's 'green lungs' is this gorgeous English-style park and lake. Hire a rowing boat or a pedal car, take a picnic or (with older children) visit the three museums in the Chateau Borely.
The stunning landscapes of the calanques are Marseille's real must see, either on foot or on a boat trip from the Old Port.