Marseille is one of the most amazing cities in France, it leaves no one indifferent as it is atypical. Here are Its must-see places :
The Calanques of Marseille
The Calanques massif is a marvel of nature nestled between Marseille and Cassis. This exceptional and unique landscape is a must in Marseille! Indeed, between pebble and fine sand beaches, small coves and turquoise water, this jewel of biodiversity has everything from a postcard! It is the perfect place to sunbathe, explore the seabed, or indulge in some water activities such as kayaking. Whether you want to hike or simply enjoy nature and fresh water, this magnificent place will satisfy you. Some, more accessible than others, will be perfect for families, while others more difficult to access will delight hiking enthusiasts. That said, the effort is worth it, it is a unique place in the world that well deserves its place in the must-sees of Marseille !
The Longchamp Palace
The Palais Longchamp is a must in Marseille : with its magnificent park, this historic monument built to bring water to the city is a real architectural feat. In 1835, a cholera epidemic hit Marseille due to lack of water. It was after this tragedy that the civil engineer Franz Mayor de Montricher carried out a project dating from the 16th century. It was a question of digging an 85 kilometer canal, intended to bring water from the Durance to Marseille. After 10 years of work, 18 aqueducts will be built to transport drinking water. The architect Henry Espérandieu, known for having designed the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, depicts the arrival of water on the Longchamp plateau which, from 1682 to 1869, made up a monumental architectural ensemble.
Le Vieux Port
Like Notre Dame de la Garde, the Old Port of Marseille is one of the symbols of the city, located at the bottom of the famous Canebière. Gatherings, major events, fireworks, it is the landmark of the people of Marseille! Take a selfie under the shade, stroll along the quay and observe the fishermen who go to sea, discover the magnificent heritage surrounding the Old Port, take a mini-cruise on the Ferry Boat… There is no shortage of activities in this unmissable place ! For those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss the fish market every morning, and if you’re more in the floral mood, there’s even the flower market on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
The Panier district
Immerse yourself in the heart of the oldest district of Marseille. To enjoy this mythical district, the best way is to stroll until you get lost in the narrow streets. The conviviality and the soft atmosphere which reign there are pleasant. Between small café terraces, colorful street-art facades, and small designer boutiques, you won’t know where to turn: it’s a real open-air museum! If you need good physical shape to go up and down the stairs, the effort will be rewarded by the Mediterranean spontaneity of the inhabitants of this popular district, and the breathtaking view of the big Blue. When it comes to visiting Marseille, Le Panier is a must.
Saint-Victor Abbey is one of the places not to be missed in Marseille. A visit to this building and its crypts immerses you in the religious past of the city and offers a breathtaking view of the Old Port. Indeed, its tower has been a landmark in the landscape of many Marseilles. In addition to appreciating the magnificent panorama, you can visit this monument which has shaped the history of Marseille and which is a veritable showcase of early Christian art. With its crypts, chapels and sarcophagi, lovers of culture and history will be delighted with their excursion.
The Orange Velodrome stadium
An emblematic monument of Marseille, the Orange Vélodrome regularly thrills the city during its football matches. Take advantage of a visit to the Stade Vélodrome exclusively with the Marseille Tourist Office. With friends, family or with supporters’ clubs, you want to live the most Marseille experience possible! And know a little more about the stories that shape this place? So go to the stadium. It has seen many football celebrities pass by, but not only… This mythical place steeped in history has been bringing Marseille to life for more than 80 years !
The Frioul Islands and the Château d’If
Opt for a boat trip on the islands of Frioul or the Château d’If: the opportunity to discover the local fauna and flora, but also a piece of the history of the city, perched on a rock. For a visit to Marseille that doesn’t just stop at the Vieux Port or the Mucem, set sail for a real moment of escape that will allow you to taste the crystal clear water, appreciate the seabed, but also to explore the many vestiges present in this archipelago. Located in the Calanques National Park, they are now considered a Natura 2000 area by the European Union. The landscapes are a major asset of the Frioul archipelago. There are small sandy beaches and many beautiful coves.