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One Day in Marseille

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Whether you'd like to take in the beautiful views from the Old Port, shop till you drop on the southern "Champs Elysees", or climb to the top of Notre Dame de la Garde, find out what not to miss on a day in Marseille.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Like a Local

8 Places

4 City Tips

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8 Places

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

Sacred & Religious Sites

Calanques

Geologic Formations

La Canebiere

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Vieux Port

Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Panier

Neighbourhoods

Abbaye Saint Victor

Sacred & Religious Sites

Vallon des Auffes

Historic Walking Areas

Cathedrale de la Major

Sacred & Religious Sites

LouGarri's City Tips

  • You should try Bouillabaisse, Couscous (this is not just the grain but a North African berber stew), Merguez French Fry sandwich from a food truck, and tapenade.
  • Waiting times in restaurants can sometimes be long but it's best to be patient!
  • Remember that in France 15% service is always included in restaurants and no further tip is required. Locals sometimes leave small change if paying in cash.
  • The City Pass allows visitors to discover Marseille at their own pace and economically through an all-inclusive pass.
  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    LouGarri Says:

    Notre Dame de la Garde is a must-see on a visit to Marseille. The basilica is richly decorated with ex-votos offered by sailors who called the church 'La Bonne Mere' (the Good Mother) — the protector of the city. Make sure you go to the top for stunning views of the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • In the one-day CityPass, a ride in the Petit Train up to the basilica is included.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 231 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Church and Beautiful views 12/11/2018
    • Nice Hike Up + Great View of Marseille 11/11/2018
    • 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:
  • Calanques
    Geologic Formations
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    LouGarri Says:

    The Calanques are world-renowned formations to the South of Marseille — known as the 'fjords of the French Riviera.' This beautiful scenery can be seen by picking up one of the many boat tours departing from the Old Port.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's no need to book a tour in advance but it can get very busy at peak times so you may want to go down to the port in the morning to book an afternoon tour.
    • The tours vary in length but two to three hours should be plenty of time for a great experience.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Cassis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cassis Visit 06/11/2018
    • Walk, boat or swim there, but go there! 24/10/2018
    • Calanques
    Phone:
    +33 892 39 01 03
    Other:
  • La Canebiere
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    LouGarri Says:

    Marseille's historic street — La Canebiere — is referred to as the southern 'Champs Elysees' but it's actually probably closer to Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Buzzing with shops and restaurants, and leading down to the Old Port, La Canebiere is the perfect place for a stroll while soaking up the atmosphere of the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You'll find the Musée d'Histoire and Musée de la Marine on La Canebiere.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #207 of 231 things to do in Marseille
    • Giving recognition to a faded treasure's past 28/09/2018
    • Not so nice 12/08/2018
    • La Canebiere
  • Vieux Port
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    LouGarri Says:

    The Old Port is the heart of Marseille and has a long and rich history. Now the new port is the city's commercial harbor and the old port is enjoyed for its stunning views, bustling markets and many cafes and restaurants.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • In the mornings there is a great fish market to explore.
    • A free ferry service frequently crosses the harbor.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 231 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful day and night view 11/11/2018
    • History of Marseille 07/11/2018
    • Vieux Port
  • The Panier
    Neighbourhoods
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    LouGarri Says:

    The Panier — the oldest section of Marseille — is steeped in history and definitely worth a wander on foot. It's a short walk from the Old Port or catch the Petit Train for a guided tour.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    Tips
    • While you're in the area, treat yourself to a meal at the trendy Cafe des Espices.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 231 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A definitive must see 14/11/2018
    • Night walk can also be interesting 11/11/2018
    • The Panier
    Other:
  • Abbaye Saint Victor
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    LouGarri Says:

    The Abbaye Saint Victor is an eleventh-century abbey named after a local soldier who became a Christian martyr. One of Marseille's most beautiful churches, it's well-worth a visit on your way up to or down from Notre Dame de la Garde.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    Tips
    • The church is open daily from 9am to 7pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 231 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:
  • Vallon des Auffes
    Historic Walking Areas
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    LouGarri Says:

    The Vallon des Auffes is a charming little fishing village where you can experience great seafood restaurants or find a pretty spot for a picnic. This picture-postcard port is a real hidden gem in Marseille and not to be missed.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Stop to have a Bouillabaisse at Chez Fonfon — one of the most famous restaurants in this area.
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 231 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing view 23/10/2018
    • An incredible surprise. 14/10/2018
    • Vallon des Auffes
    Address:
    Boulevard des Dardanelles
    Marseille
    France
    Other:
  • Cathedrale de la Major
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    LouGarri Says:

    The Cathedrale de la Major is a wonderful example of Byzantine architecture with impressive proportions comparable to those of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The central dome is the most striking aspect of this Marseille Cathedral.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • It is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm during the spring and summer, and 9am to noon and 2pm to 7.30pm in the winter. It is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 231 things to do in Marseille
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful exterior 14/11/2018
    • Worth a visit but Notre Dame more impressive 03/11/2018
    • 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:
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