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You’ll be greeted by a variety of things to do in Marseille, with its picturesque port, historic Le Panier quarter and surrounding colourful countryside. Beyond the city, discover unexpected Mediterranean-style beaches and a plethora of outdoor activities.
Enhance your holiday with one of our carefully selected experiences. The Marseille city pass and hop-on, hop-off tour are both great ways to tick off the city’s sightseeing attractions. Book them before you go to save money and avoid disappointment. Thought of as the gateway to southern France, hire a car in Marseille and explore the surrounding areas at your own pace or choose a guided day trip.
The diversity of shopping in Marseille is quite incredible; a short walk can take you from the exclusivity of designer boutiques to the vibrant and energetic food markets. Stroll down Rue de la Tour, which showcases Marseille’s own designers to the Galeries Lafayette department store. Awaken your senses at Rue Longues-des-Capucins food market or peruse the book and music stores of Cours Julien.
As the second largest city in France, the city is steeped in history, from the Musee des Arts Africains in the old town to The J1 Hangar, a converted ferry terminal in the heart of the bustling port area. Marseille’s flagship museum, MuCEM is a ‘must see’ on any trip to the city, as is the futuristic cultural centre, The Villa Mediterranee.
Head to the Chez Toinou at the old port for fresh shellfish or enjoy affordable, imaginative food at central Le Café des Epices. For something different, dine in Le Petit Nice, the only Michelin three-star restaurant in Marseille or go to Vallon for a boat ride, followed by traditional bouillabaisse.
Enjoy an aperitif on the terrace at Le Bar de la Marine or sip cocktails until sunset at Vieux Port’s fashionable bar, Le Crystal. Ascend the grand staircase at Hotel Belle Vue to La Caravelle, a first-floor jazz and tapas bar. This atmospheric bar has retained its 1930’s character and boasts great views of the port.
You may not expect it, but Marseille is home to some fantastic beaches. Sandy Plage des Catalans boasts plenty of facilities, while The Vallons consists of a series of small creeks, perfect for a spontaneous dip. Plage du Prophete is a great spot for families or an impromptu seaside picnic.
A tourist and cultural passport, the Marseille city pass is valid for 24 hours or 48 hours. Once you have collected the ticket booklet, take advantage of the fantastic offers including free admission into museums, public transport, guided walks and special offers for shopping, shows, a free sample of "Four des Navettes" (famous local biscuit) and much more. Discover the oldest city of France with your Marseille city pass.
Explore the oldest city in France on the Marseille hop-on hop-off tour. Sightsee at your own pace aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. Hop on and off as many times as you like, at any of the 13 stops, to see top Marseille attractions that include Notre Dame de la Garde, the Old Port, Fort Saint Jean, museums, historical landmarks and the exquisite restaurants in the city centre. With the choice of a one-day or two-day ticket it’s a great introduction to Marseille.
See the best of Marseille and Cassis, two gems of the French Riviera, on this six-hour tour with an expert guide. Setting off from Marseille, the tour passes along the stunning Corniche des Crêtes road before stopping to soak up views of the Côte d'Azur from Cape Canailles. Take a sightseeing cruise from Cassis Harbour and see three of the famous Cassis calanques (rock formations) before returning to Marseille for a city sightseeing tour. See highlights like Notre-Dame de la Garde, Abbey of Saint Victor and more.
Visit Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille on a full-day tour that combines Provence's artistic heritage with stunning coastal scenery. After setting off from Marseille, you'll admire architecture on the famous Cours Mirabeau boulevard in Aix and then visit the Cézanne Studio (additional charge applies) - dedicated to the 19th-century French painter Paul Cézanne. Discover rock formations known as 'calanques' on a cruise from Cassis, and then finish your day with a sightseeing tour of Marseille.