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About Marseille

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France's second-largest city is a melting pot of maritime history and culture. Famed for its ancient harbor and great museums, Marseille offers a wide variety of things to see and do. The city's focal point is its iconic old harbor, Vieux Port – the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood dishes like local favorite "bouillabaisse," watch the boats come in, or go for a ride on the famous Ferris wheel. Next to Vieux Port is Le Panier ("The Basket"), Marseille's oldest district and the site of the original Greek settlement. Its cozy, village-like vibe is great for a leisurely stroll past artisanal shops and museums like Musée d’Archéologie Méditerranéenne and Musée d’Arts Africains, Océaniens, et Améridiens. The modern Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations is also worth a visit – it's just as impressive from the outside as it is from the inside.

Other highlights include the Notre-Dame de la Garde cathedral and the Stade Vélodrome – Olympique de Marseille FC's impressive stadium. Weather permitting, don't miss out on a boat ride to the amazing Calanques. This stretch of coast between Marseille and Cassis offers breathtaking views, sandy beaches, and miles of hiking trails.

Marseille-Provence International Airport is located about 18 miles from the city, so connections by bus, trains or taxi take less than 30 minutes.


From $506 per night

This weekend

From $927 per night

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From $168 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit March-May
Local currency € 1 = $1.18
Language French
Average weekend price $118 per night
Average weekday price $116 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Marseille reviews

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Marseille is not the oldest (2600 years) French city for...

July 27, 2020

Marseille is not the oldest (2600 years) French city for nothing. It played an important role at various stages of the country's history. To do/visit: Notre Dame de la Garde, VieuxPort, Corniche, Iles du Frioul boat tour, Calanques, St Victor Abbey, jardin du Pharo, Antiquity Museums, the new OM stadium. All kind of restaurants available on both sides of the Vieux Port. The pedestrian area behind Quai de Rive Neuve toward the Cours d'Estienne d'Orves is very pleasant. Marseille is in the same League as Barcelona, Naples (without Pompei) and other Med ports: not a SMALL city at any rate, with the inherent pros & cons.

Michel France

As any port in the world Marseille is a city of contrasts,...

March 9, 2020

As any port in the world Marseille is a city of contrasts, alternative art and ethnic diversity. It was great for walking and discovering neighborhoods such as Le Panier, narrow streets with colored handicrafts from the Maghreb and from Sub-Saharan Africa. Good shopping the remodeled area of the docks. All this in addition to the historic Vieux Port and forts.

Raul Eduardo
Raul Eduardo Chile

It was interesting to visit this city.

February 24, 2020

It was interesting to visit this city. first the port, then the panier area , afterwards the MUCEM. Do not forget to taste fish soup, aïoli and all kinds of fish in the restaurants near the port. Finally go to the bups along the port.

ardoise ludovic
ardoise ludovic France

Don't spend money on a tour guide, the city is small and...

January 13, 2020

Don't spend money on a tour guide, the city is small and easy to get around. Everything is inexpensive or completely free. Very safe place to explore. I suggest getting a hop on hop off bus just for one day to go to Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, gets some background information, and get an understanding of the city layout. I loved my time here, feel like 2 days is plenty of time to see all the major sites

Lora We
Lora We United States of America

There are a few must see things: the basilica, the Monte...

January 8, 2020

There are a few must see things: the basilica, the Monte Christo island (If), the Mucem, the beach - even in winter full of people playing beach walley, and the variety of small shops. A nice place to stay is the top of the Mucem museum, a nice park to enjoy the winter sunshine. Be aware of the pickpockets, it is possible to survive this city. Still I think I will not go there again.

Botond Finland

Very interesting place with a lot of character.

January 3, 2020

Very interesting place with a lot of character. Not the cleanest of cities but there are many hidden boulevards to explore. The coast is very nice to step out into and it is generally very sunny in Marseille.

Stella United Kingdom

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