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Essential things to see and do on a three-day trip to Marseille.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

15 Places

6 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

The Panier

Neighbourhoods

Centre de la Vieille Charite

Speciality Museums

Mucem

Art Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums

Cathedrale de la Major

Sacred & Religious Sites

Les Terrasses du Port

Gift & Speciality Shops

Day 2

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

Sacred & Religious Sites

Abbaye Saint Victor

Sacred & Religious Sites

Chateau d'If

Historic Sites, Islands, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Musee d'Histoire de Marseille

History Museums

Le Cours Julien

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 3

Parc national des Calanques

National Parks

Vallon des Auffes

Historic Walking Areas

Cite Radieuse Le Corbusier

Architectural Buildings

Orange Velodrome

Arenas & Stadiums

Plage de la Pointe Rouge

Beaches

AnglaiseaMarseille's City Tips

  • You can pay the driver to travel on the bus, but it's cheaper to buy tickets in advance.
  • If you're planning to visit a lot of museums and major sights, consider the Marseille City Pass, available from the Tourist Office.
  • Restaurants around the Old Port (Vieux Port) can be pricey. Explore the backstreets for the best bargains, and go for a set-price menu at midday for the cheapest eats of all.
  • Try to learn a few words of basic French. Many locals don't speak English and will welcome your efforts.
  • The French are big on formal greetings. Say "Bonjour" when you enter a shop, and "Bonne journée" as you leave to get appreciative service.
  • There's a cheap range of multi-fare tickets available for use on the bus and metro - these include one-day and three-day passes, and a 10-ticket pass.
    Day 1
  • The Panier
    Neighbourhoods
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Marseille's Old Town is steeped in history - it was first settled by the Ancient Greeks. Today its winding backstreets hum with bars, restaurants and craft stores.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable non-slip shoes and prepare for steep hills.
    • Shops and bars tend not to open until around 11am.
    • Watch out for some super street art.
    • You can visit the Old Town on the little tourist train in summer if you don't feel like walking.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Panier District is cool 10/10/2018
    • Brilliant grafitti! 04/10/2018
    • The Panier
    Other:
  • Centre de la Vieille Charite
    Speciality Museums
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Constructed of pink-tinted local limestone, this very beautiful building is one of Marseille's architectural masterpieces. Once an alms house and a prison, today it houses arts centers, a museum and superb temporary exhibitions.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Inside the courtyard, the Charite Cafe serves light meals and drinks in a lovely setting.
    • The Vieille Charite has one of Marseille's very few public toilets, tucked away in a corner. Good to know!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you like mexican masks... 19/09/2018
    • Interesting building and interesting and diverse collection of artefacts 10/09/2018
    • Centre de la Vieille Charite
    Address:
    2 rue de la Charite
    13002 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 91 14 58 52
    Other:
  • Mucem
    Art Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Set at the mouth of the Old Port, local architect Rudy Ricciotti's amazing black cube is an architectural marvel. The gardens and adjacent Fort Saint Louis are great to wander around, with stupendous views. Inside, though, the exhibitions are less exciting.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance is free to the grounds and gardens, and locals avail themselves of it eagerly.
    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
    • Entrance to the museum exhibitions is free on the first Sunday of each month.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Do NOT waste money on a ticket 08/10/2018
    • Fantastic museum 07/10/2018
    • Mucem
    Address:
    1 Esplanade du J4
    7 Prom. Robert Laffont
    13002 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 84 35 13 13
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cathedrale de la Major
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Marseille's landscaped cathedral sits right on the seafront. Its restored vaults now house high-end boutiques, bars and even a gourmet food market. The gardens have a playground, lots of benches and superb views.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The bars in the vaults of the Cathedral are a popular and trendy venue with locals in the evenings.
    • Not to be confused with Notre Dame de la Garde, the iconic hilltop church that many people think is Marseille's cathedral!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see in Marseille - tips- you can get free parking at the carrefour 5 mins walk down the road 14/10/2018
    • Cathédrale de la Nouvelle Major is beautiful 10/10/2018
    • Cathedrale de la Major
    Address:
    Place de la Major
    13002 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 91 90 53 57
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Les Terrasses du Port
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    For serious shoppers only: this enormous, shiny, modern mall sits on the seafront in the commercial port area, and is bound to have what you're looking for.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Even if you're not into retail therapy, check out the bars and restaurants lined up along the huge seafront terrace on the top level. They're open long after the shops have closed.
    • Look out for special late-night events hosted by local DJs on the outdoor terrace in the summer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 104 Shopping in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to be in 29/09/2018
    • Big classy shopping mall with wonderful terraces with sea view and restaurants 14/08/2018
    • Les Terrasses du Port
    Address:
    9 quai Lazaret
    13002 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 42 45 00 46
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Part citadelle, part beacon - this is THE iconic symbol of Marseille, and much loved by locals, who always call it the Bonne Mère (Good Mother). You don't need to be religious to be stunned by the incredible panoramic views here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can take the little tourist train up the hill, stop off, and pick up a later train back down. Or, take bus number 60 from the Old Port. Don't even think about walking!
    • Visit early in the morning to beat the noisy tour groups.
    • There's a nice little cafeteria run by volunteers in traditional dress, recruited from around the world by missionaries.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful view from the hill 14/10/2018
    • Stunning 12/10/2018
    • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
    Address:
    Rue Fort-du-Sanctuaire
    13281 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 91 13 40 80
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 6:15 PM
    Other:
  • Abbaye Saint Victor
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    This is one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in Marseille - visit it while walking back down the hill from Notre Dame de la Garde.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • It's worth paying the small charge to visit the restored, atmospheric, maze-like crypt packed with early Christian sarcophagi and stone carvings.
    • Look out for the little vineyard planted in the garden opposite the abbey - one of only two in Marseille.
    • If here on February 2nd, join the traditional Candlemas procession with the abbey's Black Virgin. If not, buy Candlemas cookies (navettes) at the nearby bakery.
    • There's a santons shop and museum nearby where you can see these traditional Christmas crib figures being made.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dark inside, but well preserved 04/10/2018
    • Fantastic artefacts in the Crypt 21/09/2018
    • Abbaye Saint Victor
    Address:
    3 rue de l Abbaye
    13007 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 96 11 22 60
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Chateau d'If
    Historic Sites, Islands, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    The iconic fortress prison where the Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas' fictional hero, languished for years (as well as many real-life prisoners).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • You can get off the shuttle boat at If Island, then pick it up later and continue on to another island, Ratonneau, which is well worth visiting.
    • Take water with you as the snack bar on If is not always open and the island can get very hot in midsummer. Or bring a picnic to eat on one of Ratonneau's beaches after you visit.
    • Neither island has ATMs, so make sure you have enough cash with you.
    • You can swim off the creeks of Ratonneau so take swimwear and a snorkel if this appeals.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect Short Excursion 04/10/2018
    • Get on the right ferry boat! 04/10/2018
    • Chateau d'If
    Address:
    1 quai de la Fraternite
    13001 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 91 59 02 30
    Other:
  • Musee d'Histoire de Marseille
    History Museums
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    If you only visit one museum in Marseille, make it this one: restored and reopened in 2013, it's a fascinating, beautifully presented trip through the city's millennia of history.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month.
    • There's a great children's circuit with kid-level games and puzzles.
    • Closed Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top museum and gallery 09/10/2018
    • Visit to Marseilles History Museum 05/10/2018
    • Musee d'Histoire de Marseille
    Address:
    2 rue Henri Barbusse
    13001 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 91 55 36 00
    Other:
  • Le Cours Julien
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Marseille's trendy 'bo-bo' (bourgeois-bohemian) district, celebrated for its buzzing bars and brilliant street art, is definitely worth a wander.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There are several great street markets in this part of town, notably the North African one in nearby Noailles.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    • Dirty, shops without any interesting products 19/09/2018
    • Definitely worth spending an evening here 14/09/2018
    • Le Cours Julien
    Address:
    Cours Julien
    13006 Marseille
    France
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Parc national des Calanques
    National Parks
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    The city's unmissable sight: Marseille's spectacular Mediterranean 'fjords.' Go by on food, or by boat, car or rail - it's up to you (and the weather).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Boats won't run on days of high wind, and hiking trails may be closed in summer. One alternative: visit the smaller Blue Coast calanques by train.
    • If hiking, take plenty of water and sun block. Check the night before that the trails are open.
    • You won't be able to go swimming if you take one of the tourist boat tours.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • definitely do this 05/10/2018
    • a must see in autumn 02/10/2018
    • Parc national des Calanques
    Address:
    141 avenue du Prado
    13008 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 20 10 50 00
    Other:
  • Vallon des Auffes
    Historic Walking Areas
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    A pretty little fishing port in the heart of the metropolis. Take a short ride on a local bus and you'll forget you're in France's second city.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go there for lunch (but be sure to book ahead). Then go swimming off the rocks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An incredible surprise. 14/10/2018
    • One of the nice places in Marseille 05/10/2018
    • Vallon des Auffes
    Address:
    Boulevard des Dardanelles
    Marseille
    France
    Other:
  • Cite Radieuse Le Corbusier
    Architectural Buildings
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    Pioneering architect Le Corbusier's post-war housing project is a modernist masterpiece. The Marseillais, with typical irreverence, call it the 'madman's house!'

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a tour with the Tourist Office or visit one of the private 1950s-style apartments which are open to the public in summer.
    • Don't miss the stunning roof terrace and art gallery.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pilgrimage to this amazing building 02/10/2018
    • Must see if you like architecture 01/10/2018
    • Cite Radieuse Le Corbusier
    Address:
    280 boulevard Michelet
    13008 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    03 4 91 16 78 00
    Other:
  • Orange Velodrome
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    You don't need to be a football fan to appreciate this: Marseille's football stadium has had a major makeover and it's now a stunner. Plus, it's just down the road from the Cite Radieuse, making it a good spot to visit in tandem.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Peek behind the scenes (changing rooms, executive boxes, etc.) with a tourist office tour. Or go on a match night for unrivalled atmosphere.
    • At matches, locals sit in the "virages" at each end of the stadium.
    • Olympique de Marseille vs Paris Saint Germain are the liveliest match confrontations.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent stadium, poor tour 12/07/2018
    • Great 21/04/2018
    • Orange Velodrome
    Address:
    3 boulevard Michelet
    13008 Marseille
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 13 64 64 64
    Price range:
    US$ 13 - US$ 13
    Other:
  • Plage de la Pointe Rouge
    Beaches
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    AnglaiseaMarseille Says:

    After lots of sightseeing, a few hours on one of Marseille's beaches makes for a great reward. Pointe Rouge is one of the nicest, and has some great beachside bars and restaurants, too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Take the "batobus" (public boat shuttle) to dodge the traffic and get some great views of the coast - but be prepared to queue as the boats are used by commuters.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 286 things to do in Marseille
    • awful, crowdy and dirty 23/09/2018
    • Boat ride to Pointe Rouge for lunch 10/09/2018
    • Plage de la Pointe Rouge
    Address:
    Avenue de la Pointe Rouge
    Marseille
    France
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