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Marseille France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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  • Harbor (1628)
  • Museums (1139)
  • Beach (861)
  • Culture (646)
  • Food (481)
  • City Trip (469)
  • Sightseeing (381)
  • Seafood (364)
  • Shopping (353)
  • Monuments (282)

Marseille was highly rated for sightseeing by 21 guests from the United States!

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What seafood experience in Marseille is still on your mind?

nikmpz
nikmpz, United Kingdom

3 hours ago Report

Le Marseillais, really nice restaurant with delicious traditional fish soup

What makes Marseille one of those classic city-trip experiences?

zincsilla
zincsilla,

3 days ago Report

Nightlife, sightseeing, city walks, restaurants, harbour, boats, markets - and all these in a great warm weather.

How can you enjoy the sights in Marseille while avoiding the crowds?

Tony
Tony, United Kingdom

5 days ago Report

Take L'Open Tour (Open top double decker bus tour of all main sights). Use cafés/bars just off waterfront in Vieux Port area (can still people watch but out of glare of sun).

The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in Marseille mean to you?

zincsilla
zincsilla,

3 days ago Report

Marseille was the first stop in our tour of South-France and I wanted to go to the beach. It's not the classic French Riviera style, mostly just a few small beaches at the south of the city (not in the center). The coast is really rocky but there are a few hidden little gem beaches to try.

What is it in Marseille that makes history come to life?

kriszeng
kriszeng, Singapore

15 days ago Report

Buildings and quarters, food and people of North African origins, and of course, the wonderful Marseille port.

What effect did the scenery in Marseille have on you?

Muneera
Muneera, Bangladesh

23 days ago Report

Wonderful and cherishing experience! I would love to return to the city again.

Why do people say Marseille can be seen best by foot?

Muneera
Muneera, Bangladesh

23 days ago Report

Because all the sights to see are nearby and can be easily covered by foot. The pavements beside the sea make the overall experience worth remembering.

What were the best places for wandering in Marseille's old town?

zincsilla
zincsilla,

3 days ago Report

The old port and the surroundings are obvious to visit, but the Course Julien square is lovely and gives you insights to lovely cafes, hidden little streets and stairs that's a must to see.

What did you discover about the museums in Marseille that wasn't in the guidebooks?

zincsilla
zincsilla,

3 days ago Report

The MUCEM opened last year when Marseille was the City of the Culture. Half of it is created from and old castle with great view to the sea and the port, the other part is a newly built modern building right next to it with amazing architecture and interesting exhibitions.

What's your best piece of advice for a first-time hiker in Marseille?

kriszeng
kriszeng, Singapore

15 days ago Report

Buy the calanques map from Tourist Information Centre, it's worth the money and you can find your way better.

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Marseille.

Pravir
Pravir, France

26 days ago Report

My room had a private balcony overlooking the sea. Spent hours in solitude with just me, my beer and the sea........sublime !

What makes the people from Marseille so friendly? Tell us your story.

Muneera
Muneera, Bangladesh

23 days ago Report

They were very helpful even though I spoke no french. They tried to help me with how much ever English they knew and always smilingly :)

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Marseille?

Joseph R
Joseph R, Malta

16 days ago Report

By making it a point to visit all places of interest by foot as they are clearly marked on map or by transport which is conveniently available for such purpose in Vieux Port

What's the best way to make the most of Marseille by foot?

kriszeng
kriszeng, Singapore

15 days ago Report

Wear scandals with straps or comfortable trekking shoes because most of the terrain is tarmac, pebbles, rocks. I prefer scandals because you can take them off easily if you feel like swimming. In fact, you can swim with it and protect from stepping on sharp rocks or pebbles on the seasides or shores. However, trekking shoes will protect your feet while trekking on rocks. Choose what you feel more protected and secured.

How can you prepare for the sun in Marseille?

zincsilla
zincsilla,

3 days ago Report

Don't leave your sunblock cream at home and make sure you use it before leaving the hotel. We almost didn't see any clouds while we were there, it's better to make sure that you won't get a sunburn.

What kind of boating is Marseille best for?

zincsilla
zincsilla,

3 days ago Report

There are boat tours leaving from the old port. Some of them just go to closeby islands, some of them further for 2-3 hours. The view is great, the coastline is idyllic.

What sights did you see on your favorite excursion in Marseille?

zincsilla
zincsilla,

3 days ago Report

On a boat tour we received a detailed guide (in French) to the five best calanques south-east of Marseille, on their beauty, accessibility and the range of facilities on offer.

What's the best way to deal with the warm weather in Marseille?

zincsilla
zincsilla,

3 days ago Report

Put a big hat on an leave your warm clothes at home! We went at the end of August and the weather was still lovely, not too warm or cold, just perfect.
  • Food 481 endorsements

Why do you recommend Marseille for food?

Muneera
Muneera, Bangladesh

23 days ago Report

Seafood is pretty tasty here!
  • Restaurants 194 endorsements

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Eric
Eric, United Kingdom

8 days ago Report

Shop at the local supermarkets

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