The city of Marseille, a little jewel in the Mediterranean, is bursting with things to see and do! Here, The Colivers shares its city guide to Marseille, with a top 7 list of must-sees:
1 – Bonne Mère
Overlooking the whole city from the top of its hill, the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde is said to be the guardian angel of the people of Marseille and the fishermen who go out to sea. A breathtaking view awaits you from here, and you can get there on foot for the more sporty types, or by taking the city’s little train from the Vieux-Port.
2 – Old-Port
The Old-Port is one of the symbols of Marseille, located at the foot of the famous Canebière. Come and soak up the sunshine on the many waterside terraces, discover the fish market every morning, and admire the comings and goings of legendary boats like the Ferry-boat… There’s no shortage of things to do!
3 – The Frioul Islands
Off the coast of Marseille, discover the must-see Frioul Islands. This archipelago of 4 islands is accessible by ferry and offers an exceptional panoramic view. For history buffs, there are the Roman remains of the Caroline Hospital, and for beach lovers, there are numerous coves and beaches.
4 – Fort Saint Jean
Just a stone’s throw from the Old Port, Fort Saint Jean is a monument at the heart of Marseille’s history, built in 1365 to defend the port. Climb a few steps to discover a breathtaking 360° panorama of Marseille!
5 – The Calanques
The Calanques nature park is one of Marseille’s treasures, whether for hiking, swimming or exploring nature and the seabed. A jewel box of preserved biodiversity that is unique in the world, it can be reached on foot or by boat. Among the most beautiful calanques? Sormiou, Morgiou, Calanque d’En-vau, Port-Pin and Sugiton!
6 – Mucem
Inaugurated in 2013, Mucem – the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisation – is a cultural and artistic centre. Now an institution in Marseille, this cultural city is a mecca for architecture and heritage, spread over three sites: the J4, Fort Saint Jean and the CCR. Good deal alert: admission to the museum is free every 1st Sunday morning of the month.
7 – The Velodrome Stadium
It’s impossible to visit Marseille without seeing the Stade Velodrome! Marseille is the city of football, and this venue in the Saint-Giniez district is an institution for Olympians. We recommend that you attend a match to see for yourself the passion for football that reigns in the city.
And what are your must-see places in Marseille?