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Marseille is the undiscovered jewel in the crown of France’s Mediterranean coastline. The rocky hills of Provence look down onto the ancient port and the thousands of boats docked in its clear blue waters. Countless artists have been seduced by the sunny climate and the hustle-and-bustle of the town. France’s second city has all you could ask for - beautiful beaches, ancient buildings, thriving arts, and a dynamic nightlife. Welcome to a place fiercely proud of its unique cultural heritage, dubbed "Planet Mars" by its youthful population.

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Château d'If

Château d'If was, historically, France’s very own Alcatraz, built in 1527 and used as a prison in the 17th century. This place was the inspiration for Alexandre Dumas's novel "The Count of Monte Cristo", and occupies an island of its own 1.5 km offshore.
Adresse: L’Archipel du Frioul, Marseille
Telefon: +33 6 03 06 25 26
Åpningstider: Opening hours depend on the season
Transport: Boat leaving from Quai des Belges (Vieux Port)

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

The defining symbol of Marseille towers on a hilltop 154 metres above the city, with the gilded statue of the Virgin Mary stretching skywards. The views from up here are simply stunning. Take the shuttle for convenience or embark on a just-under-an-hour-long hike up from the old port.
Adresse: Rue Fort du Sanctuaire, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 13 40 80
Åpningstider: Opening hours depend on the season

Vieux Port Fish Market

There is a bustling fish market in the Vieux Port (old port) well worth exploring. The intense smell of fish and salty sea breeze contributes to making this experience engaging to the senses. Why not buy some fresh fish and try your hand at the local speciality fish stew (bouillabaisse)?
Adresse: Quai des Belges, Marseille
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-12am. May not take place in case of bad weather.
Transport: Métro Vieux Port

Saint Victor Abbey

Abbaye Saint Victor is Marseille's oldest church. The abbey is built by the graves of Marseille’s first martyrs. Throughout history, the building was used as a church, prison, warehouse and barracks. Entry is free of charge, but a small fee is collected for seeing the crypt containing important historical artefacts and sarcophagi.
Adresse: 3 Rue de l'Abbaye, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 96 11 22 60
Åpningstider: Opening hours depend on the season
Transport: Métro Vieux Port

Marseille History Museum

Musée d'Histoire de Marseille is an interesting and well-visited museum with historical and archaeological artefacts dating back to the city's founding times. You can find it ideally located next to the Old Port. An English audio guide is available to visitors.
Adresse: 2 Rue Henri-Barbusse, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 55 36 00
Åpningstider: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm
Transport: Métro Vieux Port

Prado Beaches

Located at the end of the corniche are the Plages du Prado, Marseille’s stretches of sandy beaches. With a steady sea breeze, the beaches are excellent for kite-flying or a first windsurfing lesson. Prado encompasses several compact beaches with multiple shopping and dining opportunities in the vicinity.
Adresse: Avenue Mendès, Marseille

Park Borély

Park Borély (Parc Borély) is a stunning development covering many hectares, situated not too far from the Prado beaches. Along with the 18th-century château, there are the superbly well-maintained English and French Botanical Gardens and a rowing lake.
Adresse: Avenue du Parc Borély, Marseille
Åpningstider: Daily 6am-8:45pm

Roman Docks Museum

Roman Docks Museum (Musée des Docks Romains) is situated on the site of a Roman docks warehouse discovered after World War II. Here you can find a range of impressive artefacts discovered during the reconstruction of the old harbour. One of its primary attractions are the "dolia" - large ceramic containers once used to store oils and wines.
Adresse: 28 Place Vivaux, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 91 24 62
Åpningstider: Mid May-mid Sep: daily 10am-7pm. Rest of year: daily 10am-6pm - closed Mon
Transport: Métro Vieux Port

Orange Vélodrome Stadium

The Orange Vélodrome is where the official football club in Marseille, Olympique de Marseille, is based at. Attending a football game here is a lot of fun thanks to the lively atmosphere created by cheering locals, and will likely prove enjoyable even if football isn't exactly a passion of yours.
Adresse: 3 Boulevard Michelet, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 13 64 64 64

La Corniche

Enjoy this romantic walkway along the sea and the stunning views that it provides. En route you will see the Château d'If, as well as beautiful coves called "calanques". The entire 12-kilometre long Corniche leading down to the Prado Beaches is best explored by bike, with stops for photos and dining.
Adresse: Corniche du Président John F Kennedy, Marseille

Place Castellane

This is an impressive Marseille roundabout where many tourist photos have been taken. It is a major transport hub, whose focal point is a large fountain with an interesting obelisk statue. There are several cafés around the square's perimeter and off down the streets of the neighbourhood.
Adresse: Place Castellane, Marseille

Les Calanques

A "calanque" is an inlet, cove or bay, and the ones you find outside Marseille are no less than mesmerising. The impressive limestone formations and the turquoise waters make for an excellent retreat. There are a wide range of sporting activities available here, as well as plenty of relaxation for the weary.
Adresse: Les Calanques de Marseille, Marseille

The Old Charity

The 17th century brought a cruel repression of beggars to France, and in Marseille many of them were imprisoned. Almshouses were opened to serve as workhouses for beggars and this specific building was just that. Nowadays the building, called La Vieille Charité in French, is a cultural centre and houses, among other things, museums such as the Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology and the Museum of Art of Africa, Oceania and Amerindia.
Adresse: 2 Rue de la Charité, Marseille

Garden of Remains

This archaeological site (the local name Jardin des Vestiges) was discovered as constructions of a shopping centre commenced here in 1967. The garden contains an interesting mix of Greek and Roman remains. The majority of its finds are ruins of the old port.
Adresse: 2 Rue Henri-Barbusse, Marseille
Transport: Métro Vieux Port

Lighthouse Palace

On the left hand side of the port you can find the Lighthouse Palace, a congress and conference building ideally located in a park with great views of the water and islands. Heralded as one of Marseille's most beautiful palaces, "Palais du Pharo" was first constructed for Napoleon III in 1858.
Adresse: 58 Boulevard Livon, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 14 64 95

Palais Longchamp

Palais Longchamp is an extraordinary, majestic building right in the middle of the city that throws you years back in time with its ornamental staircases and large fountains. The building houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Natural History Museum.
Adresse: Boulevard du Jardin Zoologique, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 55 25 51
Transport: Métro Cinq-Avenues

Memorial of the Marseillaise

The Memorial de La Marseillaise tells the story of Marseille and the French national anthem. It is a compact museum found on Rue Thubaneau, whose staff are very friendly to visitors and eager to share the story of the quintessentially French tune and how it came into existence - paradoxically, not in the city of Marseille at all.
Adresse: 23-25 Rue Thubaneau, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 91 91 96
Transport: Métro Noailles

OK Corral

OK Corral is a Wild West thematic amusement park, a great outing for the whole family. You can try water slides, different adventure rides and roller coasters, and much more. Stunt and cowboy shows are put on daily. The park is located near Cuges-les-Pins outside Marseille.
Adresse: DN8 Rue Nationale, Cuges-les-Pins
Telefon: +33 4 42 73 80 05

Le Miramar

This restaurant is located in the heart of the Vieux Port (along with all the other upmarket local fish restaurants). Le Miramar has earned its spotless reputation much due to serving excellent bouillabaisse.The restaurant's menu is, however, rather varied, and includes meat dishes, too.
Adresse: 12 Quai du Port, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 91 10 40
Åpningstider: Tue-Sun 12:30pm-2:30pm and 7pm-10:30pm
Transport: Métro Vieux Port


L’Epuisette is located in the old port of Vallon des Auffes, which makes for a magical backdrop with great views of the sea and fishing boats close by. The cuisine served is gourmet Mediterranean, greatly appreciated by both locals and tourists alike.
Adresse: 158 Rue du Vallon des Auffes, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 52 17 82
Åpningstider: Tue-Sun 12pm-1:30pm and 7:30pm-9:30pm

Le Café Thaï

This traditional Thai restaurant has an exquisite patio garden, a refreshing green retreat with wrought iron chairs. Here, flavourful Thai food comes served in an inspiring and fun environment. Food is reportedly authentic, cooked to order by trained chefs.
Adresse: 136 Rue du Rouet, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 25 44 45

Nul Part Ailleurs

Nul Part Ailleurs serves lunch and dinner in the old port area. This means the restaurant's location is favourable for sight-seers: it is located in close proximity to many of the city's attractions. The menu holds dishes of Provençal cuisine, grilled meat, pasta and pizza.
Adresse: 18 Quai de Rive Neuve, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 33 58 95

Le Petit Nice

Le Petit Nice is a lovely family-run seaside inn that seems almost to be trapped in time, keeping its nostalgic charm from days gone by. The hotel’s restaurant has been awarded 3 Michelin stars, thanks to head chef Gerald Passedat’s exquisite sense for flavour and presentation, consistently offering unforgettable gastronomic experiences.
Adresse: Anse de Maldormé, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 59 25 92

Les Trois Forts

Make sure you book a table at this restaurant in advance, and ask for the corner table to get the best views of the Old Port. Gourmet restaurant Les Trois Forts is located at the top floor of the hotel Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, and offers a feast for all senses.
Adresse: 36 Boulevard Livon, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 15 59 56
Åpningstider: Tue-Sat 12pm-1:30pm and 7:30pm-9:30pm

La Côte de Boeuf

Being in Marseille, you might experience seafood burnout. If you do, try and give La Côte de Boeuf a shot. This place serves gigantic steaks grilled to perfection, and the wine list is just as impressive to match. Staff speak English, and will be glad to accommodate your requests.
Adresse: 35 Cours d'Estienne d'Orves, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 28 31 26 03
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 12 pm-2:30 pm and 7pm-11:30pm

Peron Restaurant

This restaurant is beautifully located on a cliff overlooking the sea, and offers diners the possibility of enjoying their meal outside on the terrace. The best time to go is in the evening, so you get to experience the stunning sunset while you dine.
Adresse: 56 Corniche Kennedy, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 52 15 22

Les Arcenaulx

It is a diverse crowd that throngs to this intellectual restaurant that also functions as a bookshop, salon de thé and a Provençal produce seller. Dishes include the classic Filet de bœuf “Rossini” and set menus. The wine list include labels from all across France and beyond.
Adresse: 25 Cours d'Estienne d'Orves, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 59 80 30
Åpningstider: Daily 12pm-2pm and 7:30pm-10:30pm
Transport: Métro Vieux Port

Torrefaction Noailles

It is hard to miss the intriguing entrance to this cafe, which looks more like a shop of curiosities than anything else. There are, indeed, some curious edibles and drinkables inside - coffee beans are imported from all over the world, and there is confectionery as far as the eye can see.
Adresse: 56 La Canebière, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 55 60 66
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 7am-7pm. Sun 10am-6pm

Le Café de la Banque

Le Café de la Banque is a classic Parisian-style cafe and bistro that seems charmingly stuck in time. The cafe offers a reasonably priced, varied menu and a good selection of drinks and coffees, and is certainly worth the short 10-minute walk from the old port.
Adresse: 24 Boulevard Peytral, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 33 35 07

Le Bar de la Marine

Le Bar de la Marine is a beautifully decorated 1930s bar made famous by French author Pagnol who used to frequent it. The bar is also known for being the set of a romantic wedding proposal in the popular British comedy "Love Actually". Enjoy the views of the port and a fresh breeze in the outdoor seating area. The place is open all day long and gets buzzing at the weekends, when locals and visitors gather for assorted evening drinks.
Adresse: 15 Quai Rive Neuve, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 54 95 42
Åpningstider: Sun-Wed 7am-2am. Thu-Sat 7am-3am

Victor Café

Victor Café has earned itself a reputation for its amazing brunches - on Sundays, the establishment teems with regulars. Regardless of which meal of the day brings you here, expect tasteful dish presentation, solid southern cooking, and a professional staff.
Adresse: 71 Boulevard Livon, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 88 00 46 00
Åpningstider: Daily noon–2:30pm and 7pm–10:30pm

Café Populaire

Whether you come during the day for lunch and a cup of joe or at night time for a low-key drink, the snug and friendly atmosphere of Café Populaire will certainly pull you in. This charming and stylish bistro has a lot to offer - food is above par, and both the glass roof and open kitchen add to the unique ambience.
Adresse: 110 Rue Paradis, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 02 53 96

Les Buffets du Vieux Port

The buffet you will find at this restaurant is more than enough to please just about anybody. It does not matter what you are in the mood for, you will find everything and more on tables loaded with fine meats, salads, seafood, an astonishing selection of cheeses and, naturally, dessert and pastries.
Adresse: 158 Quai du Port, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 13 20 11 32
Åpningstider: Daily 12pm-3pm and 7:30pm-10:30pm

La Caravelle

Ideally located in the port area (the first floor of Hotel Bellevue, to be exact), La Caravelle is a restaurant and live jazz venue that has become an institution in Marseille. It is a good place to enjoy a couple of drinks, breakfast or brunch, or maybe some exquisite French cooking in the evening.
Adresse: 34 Quai du Port, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 90 36 64

Le Bar de la Marine

Le Bar de la Marine is a beautifully decorated 1930s bar made famous by French author Pagnol who used to frequent it. The bar is also known for being the set of a romantic wedding proposal in the popular British comedy "Love Actually". Enjoy the views of the port and a fresh breeze in the outdoor seating area. The place is open all day long and gets buzzing at the weekends, when locals and visitors gather for assorted evening drinks.
Adresse: 15 Quai Rive Neuve, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 54 95 42
Åpningstider: Sun-Wed 7am-2am. Thu-Sat 7am-3am

Espace Julien

Espace Julien is the place to listen to live music in Marseille. Bands and genres played here vary - everything ranging from hip hop to jazz, reggae and chanson française has sounded here. Check their website to see who is performing when you're in town.
Adresse: 39 Cours Julien, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 24 34 10

Le Bazar Marseille

Le Bazar Marseille throws big parties for the city's young and trendy. There are four bars and an outside VIP area to enjoy, and drinks are professionally crafted. Do mind that dress code and face control apply, and bring your dancing shoes along with the pair you're wearing.
Adresse: 90 Boulevard Rabatau, Marseille
Telefon: +33 6 58 52 15 15

Dock des Suds

Dock des Suds has hosted musicians and bands from all over the world, including artists from countries like Cameroon and South Korea. Housed inside a former warehouse, it is a spacious venue where a concert or event is on most days of the week. Check the schedule to see what's on when you are in town.
Adresse: 12 Rue Urbain V, 2e, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 99 00 00

The Shamrock

This jolly Irish pub is conveniently located in the Old Port. The Shamrock is great for drinking beers (lots of them - a dozen varieties on draft and many more bottled varieties on offer) and watching sports. The atmosphere is good fun, partly due to the daily happy hour.
Adresse: 17 Quai de Rive Neuve, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 33 11 01


Another good Irish pub (along with the old port's Shamrock) is the O’Brady’s. Here you can enjoy a beer or two in a cosy atmosphere in the company of good friends. They also host live bands and broadcast sporting events, and - rumor has it - serve the cheapest pint of Guinness in the city.
Adresse: 378 Avenue de Mazargues, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 71 53 71
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 11am-01:30am. Sun 12am-12:30am

The Red Lion

The Red Lion is one pub worth writing into your itinerary if you're heading out of the stuffy town to a more relaxed beach area. This busy British pub offers a genuine British feel, hosts live band performances and broadcasts sporting events. Enjoy the breezy outdoor seating or head inside for a game of darts - the choice is entirely yours.
Adresse: 231 Avenue Mendès, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 25 17 17
Åpningstider: Sun-Thu 4pm-2am. Fri-Sat 4pm-4am


The Polikarpov is a famous bar ideally located near the Old Port. This is a good place to go for some pre-party drinks, shots or aperitifs. Enjoy your drink outside, on the breezy outdoor terrace in one of the old town squares. It tends to get rather busy in the evenings.
Adresse: 24 Cours d'Estienne d'Orves, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 52 70 30

Vieux Port Fish Market

There is a bustling fish market in the Vieux Port well worth exploring. The intense smell of fish and salty sea contribute to making this experience one you will not soon forget. Why not buy some fresh fish and try a hand at the Marseille speciality Bouillabaisse stew?
Adresse: Quai des Belges, Marseille
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-12am. May not take place in case of bad weather.
Transport: Métro Vieux Port

Les Terrasses du Port

In May 2014 a new shopping experience opened its doors. Les Terrasses du Port, a waterfront shopping mall, is ideally located north of the port and is a unique building complex full of shops, restaurants and a fitness park. Shop for everything under the sun, under one roof.
Adresse: 9 Quai du Lazaret, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 88 91 46 00
Åpningstider: Shops open daily 10am-8pm. Restaurants open daily 10am-1am

Centre Bourse

The Centre Bourse is a massive shopping centre, with about sixty stores and department stores, a stone’s throw away from the Old Port. It is a great place for getting all your shopping done in one place - from fashionable clothing, to cosmetics, to anything else you may possibly fancy.
Adresse: 17 Cours Belsunce, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 14 00 50
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 10am-7:30pm

Rue de la Tour

Rue de la Tour is your best bet for serious designer luxury, including chic evening wear. If you are looking for something nice to wear for the evening you can head here - there is certainly no shortage of classy, elegant and sophisticated designs.
Adresse: Rue de la Tour, Marseille

Cours Julien Area

If you want smaller shops then head to the Cours Julien area, which has a reputation as an alternative, bohemian quarter. The area is also great for food and antique markets at weekends - come here to find that one-of-kind vintage souvenir or item of clothing.
Adresse: Cours Julien, Marseille

Le Panier Area

Le Panier, Marseille’s oldest neighbourhood, is the best place for local produce. Rue des Petits Puits and Place des Pistoles are good streets for Provençal pottery and shops selling lavender soap and olive-based goodies. Come here to pick up quintessential local souvenirs.
Adresse: Le Panier, Marseille

La Maison du Pastis

La Maison du Pastis offers 65 different pastis and absinthes. They also have a tasting room which is worth stumbling upon, and then out of. Sample several varieties of liquor, and pick a favourite to bring home as a reminder of the good times had in Marseille.
Adresse: 108 Quai du Port, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 90 86 77

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette is one of the most spectacular and well-known department stores in France - there are multiple spread across the nation. You will find the most prestigious designer and cosmetics labels here. This is also home to huge toy, jewellery, home ware and delicatessen departments.
Adresse: 28 Rue Bir Hakeim, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 56 82 12
Åpningstider: Daily 10am-8pm


Monoprix is one of the most famous store chains in France. Here you can find everything from food to cosmetics, to interior design items and affordable clothing. If designer boutiques prove too pricey, Monoprix is solid alternative to find nearly anything you're looking for.
Adresse: 258 Avenue du Prado, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 32 00 50
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 8:30am-9:30pm. Sun 9am-1pm

Centre Bonneveine

In the southern part of Marseille, in the eighth district to be exact, you can find the bustling Centre Bonneveine. The Centre Bonneveine offers more than 60 shops, a cinema, several restaurants and a supermarket. It is the best one-stop shopping location in the southern part of town.
Adresse: 112 Avenue de Hambourg, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 16 35 20
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm

The Grand Littoral Retail Park

In the northern part of Marseille the go-to shopping centre is the Grand Littoral Retail Park. This shopping complex is one of the biggest in Europe. You can find it all here - fashion, food, eateries, bars, and much more. Come with time to really explore all this humongous centre has to offer.
Adresse: 11 Avenue de Saint-Antoine, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 09 88 06
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 9:30am-8pm

Centre Valentine and Printemps

The well-known Printemps offers a wide range of fashion items and accessories. Printemps is located inside the large Centre Valentine, in the outskirts of Marseille. The shopping centre itself holds a plethora of shops, including independent boutiques.
Adresse: Traverse de la Sablière, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 89 52 03
Åpningstider: Lun-Sat 10am-8pm

Cours Julien Market

Cours Julien is located near the busy street of Cours Lieutaud. This little alley hosts various markets, one of the most popular ones being the local farmer’s market on Wednesdays. Come for fresh, organic local produce and portable edibles to bring home.
Adresse: Cours Julien, Marseille

Prado Market

Next to the court house is the Avenue du Prado Market, which offers almost everything under the sun - food, clothes, knick-knacks, fruits and vegetables. Do not forget to bring your wallet and a big shopping bag - few have successfully ventured out empty-handed.
Adresse: Avenue du Prado, Marseille

Marseille Provence Airport

Marseille Provence Airport is located 30 kilometres from the town centre. You can take the train to reach the city centre, and the journey takes approximately half an hour. There are also shuttle buses that run between the airport and Marseille’s train station, Gare Saint Charles. From the train station you can easily reach other nearby cities. Taxis and car rental companies are represented at the airport. Airport taxis +33 4 42 88 11 44
Adresse: Marseille Provence Airport, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 42 14 24 44

Passport / Visa

France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

Most people choose July and August for their stay in Marseille and Provence, due to the pleasant - although sometimes very hot - weather, which allows for beautiful days at the beach. However, visiting in May or June can be a great idea as well: the city will be less crowded and the temperature nicer, spring at its best. Provence's famous lavender fields are in bloom from June to August.

Public Transport

The best way to get around in Marseille is by using the very efficient metro system which runs between 6 am and 9 pm. With two lines, it is part of a wider Marseille public transport network (RTM) that includes buses (which run later). The public transport network consist of the metro, buses, trams, trains and ferries. There are different types of tickets depending on your preferences. A useful ticket is the Carte Groupe for four to twelve people, which makes a single journey cheaper. A 24H/72H card is also available: it allows you to make as many journeys as you like on the RTM network.


Remember that you will be charged for suitcases, unless it is hand luggage, when you order a taxi. There are 98 taxi stations in Marseille, 31 of which can be phoned. Taxi Radio Marseille:
Telefon: +33 4 91 02 20 20


Look for a yellow mailbox if you want to send a letter or postcard. Post Office:
Adresse: 25 Rue Colbert, Marseille


Pharmacies take turns to stay open around the clock. Pharmacie du Vieux Port:
Adresse: 4 Quai du Port, Marseille
Telefon: +33 4 91 91 63 10


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Country code: +33 Area code: 04