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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.


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Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit December-February
Local currency € 1 = $1.13
Language French
Average weekend price $90 per night
Average weekday price $90 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Marseille is great for the oceanside tours (to Chateau...

March 24, 2019

Marseille is great for the oceanside tours (to Chateau D'If, the islands of Frioul, the Calanques, even the Vieux Port). The cathedrals of La Major and Notre Dame de la Garde are great, worth a visit for sure, especially the latter. Definitely do not miss the Jardin du Pharo, as the view from there is amazing. It's my favorite spot in the city.

Anonymous France

small, romantic city.

March 17, 2019

small, romantic city. you can walk from the port to many destinations. hop on hop off bus is a must. several restaurants that offer great food. be prepared to pay for bouillabaisse euro 60 per person.

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M Franco Kerns United States of America

I have traveled to numerous countries but first time in...

March 14, 2019

I have traveled to numerous countries but first time in Marseille. People very freindly food first class. Breathtaking views all around the city and culture and history. Hop on and off bus from port was excellent it takes you to all the main stops. The train station is top of the line Now my favourite city to visit cant wait to return.

June United States of America

We stay steps from the Port of Marseilles and it was perfect.

January 23, 2019

We stay steps from the Port of Marseilles and it was perfect. Beautiful city for walking, taking in the beauty of the sea and enjoying wonderful food. Easy to get around walking or using the very convenient metro system. Can't wait to go back.

Anonymous United States of America

First impression was one of get me out of here.

December 31, 2018

First impression was one of get me out of here. Road closures due to protests meant we were unable to get to hotel. Hotel staff were helpful in explaining sights worth exploring which helped improve our visit.

Frances New Zealand

Easy Ouigo trip from Paris.

December 26, 2018

Easy Ouigo trip from Paris. Can stay near St Charles train station and walk to Old port to catch buses out jump on trams. Plenty to see for 3 days. The cathedral via public bus to hilltop is spectacular. Eat at their cafe. Fort St Jean all inclusive pass gives you access to history and museums. Walking in the old part of town is nice. Take a boat to the calanques white cliff

Anonymous United States of America

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