Marseille is the second largest city in France, after Paris. It is located in the southern part of the country and its foundation dates back to 600 BC. It was the Greek sailors who gave rise to this city, which over time has transformed, has seen the birth of the first port of the nation and has exploded in its thousand colors, in the its coastal architecture and narrow streets.
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Start the day visiting the well-known district of Le Panier. Here you can stroll among the colorful buildings with the clothes hanging and the continuous coming and going of people, immersed in the chaos of a lively and cheerful neighborhood. In the heart of Le Panier rises Vieille Charité, an old Italian baroque hospice which you can visit for free. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 18:00.
For lunch, reach the Palais de la Major, spending around € 20,00.
The restaurant is located right in front of the Cathedral de la Major, a building 146 meters high and covered with white and green marble. In reality they are two distinct churches, the Antica and the Nuova Major. The first cannot be visited, while the second is in Romanesque-Byzantine style and is open from 10:00 to 19:00.
Now dedicate yourself to visiting the MuCEM, the Museum of European and Mediterranean civilization, located on the harbor. The building was inaugurated in 2013 and is 45 thousand square meters wide. It currently hosts exhibitions dedicated to anthropology, history, archeology and contemporary art of the countries belonging to the Mediterranean basin. Inside there are bars and various panoramic terraces from where you can admire the port of Marseille. Ticket cost € 11,00, open every day except Monday from 11:00 to 19:00.
End the evening with dinner at the restaurant next to the museum, Le Mole Passedat, for around € 35,00.
- Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 18 min
- Places visited: La Panier (free), Vieille Charité (free), Cathedral de la Major (free), Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilization (€ 11,00)
- Daily shopping: € 66,00
- priority entrance to the Mucem museum
- Lunch at Palais de la Major (Get directions), Dinner at Le Mole Passedat (Get directions)
Today dedicate yourself to getting to know the nerve center of the city, the most frenetic and vital: the Old Port. Visit for free the Saint-Jean Fortress, built in 1600. From here there is a bridge that connects the fortress to the MuCEM. Now stroll along the harbor and admire the ships coming back, stop for a coffee, take a look at the fish markets.
Have lunch at the tables of Chez Madie, where you can taste the famous local fish soup, the bouillabaisse (cost around € 40,00).
After lunch, continue walking on the port and then treat yourself to the Ferry Boat experience, a free transport service that crosses the port and leads to the other side of the shore.
On this side you will be close to the Soap Museum, which you can visit by purchasing a ticket for only € 2,00, receiving a free soap. The place is very small, but it is interesting know the processing method of this product known all over the world, and eventually you can buy a custom bar of soap. Open every day from 10:00 to 18:00.
For dinner you can stop at O'TaQuet fast food, spending around € 8,00 per person.
- Distance traveled: 2 km / 25 min
- Places visited: Porto Vecchio (free), Saint-Jean Fortress (free), Soap Museum (€ 2,00)
- Daily shopping: € 50,00
- Lunch at Chez Madie (Get directions), Dinner at O'TaQuet (Get directions)
One of the most suggestive walks to do in Marseille is certainly the one along the Corniche, which stretches from the Old Port to the Parc Balnéaire du Prado. The advice is to make the visit on board the tram, as was done in the past (ticket cost € 1,70), or if you prefer on foot, covering about 4-5 km.
On the way you can stop to take pictures and admire the view. Once on Prado beach, eat in one of the many bars present, then sit at the tables of La Maronaise Cafè, where you can delight yourself with fish-based dishes (lunch cost around € 35,00). At the intersection of the roundabout between Prom. Pompidou and Prado Avenue you will notice the statue of David, a replica of that of Michelangelo, dating back to 1903.
Towards the time of sunset take a stroll in the Prado seaside park and go down to the seashore, where you will also find artificial reefs.
For dinner, stop right on the beach, in the Les Huttes Marines restaurant, where you can dine with a suggestive view of the sea (cost of dinner about € 50,00).
- Distance traveled: 3,5 km / 43 min
- Places visited: Corniche (free), Parc Balnéaire du Prado (free), Prado beach (free)
- Daily shopping: € 87,00
- tourist bus pass
- Lunch at Maranaise Cafe (Get directions), Dinner at Les Huttes Marines (Get directions)
If you want to get to know a very old part of Marseille with a retro charm, you should pay a little visit to the Port du Vallon des Auffes, the fishing port, one of the oldest in the city. In this area you can also admire the famous Gateway to the East, a monument that celebrates the city of Marseille as the first to welcome the ships of Algeria.
For lunch do not miss the opportunity to eat at the tables of the Epuisette, where in the meantime you can enjoy the view of the Vallon des Auffes bridge, spending around € 28,00 per person.
After lunch, walk for at least 40 minutes through the small streets of the city and go up to a rise, where the famous Notre-Dame de la Garde Cathedral is located. The church is in Romanesque-Byzantine style and houses a statue of the Madonna that the Marseillais call Bonne-Mére. You can visit the interior for free, it is open every day from 7:00 to 18:15.
After your visit you can enjoy a little relaxation in the Jardin de Anges, a park, near the Cathedral, where there are green areas where you can have a picnic or simply sit and admire the view over the city of Marseille, away from the urban chaos.
For dinner, go to the Maison Vauban restaurant, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine (dinner costs around € 30,00 per person).
- Distance traveled: 2,3 km / 33 min
- Places visited: Port du Vallon des Auffes (free), Gateway to the East (free), Notre-Dame de la Garde Cathedral (free), Jardin de Anges (free)
- Daily shopping: € 60,00
- Notre-Dame de La Garde: 2-hour Segway tour
- Lunch at L'Epuisette (Get directions), Dinner at MaisonVauban (Get directions)
The second fortress built by Louis XIV to control access to Marseille is that of Saint-Nicolas. This is a truly impressive structure, the interior cannot be visited but by reaching it you have an overview of the city. A few minutes walk you can reach the Church of San Vittore, what remains of the ancient Abbey. The church deserves a visit, as it is considered the oldest in France. The basilica is open every day from 9:00 to 19:00.
Continue along the road and stop to eat in the elegant La Ruche, spending around € 18,00.
Now go to Porto Vecchio and from here buy the return tickets, at a cost of € 15,10, to get on the ferry that will take you to the island of If. Here you can visit the suggestive Castello d'If, known by many as the setting for Dumas' novel "The Count of Montecristo". The castle stopped being a prison in 1890, becoming a national monument. Admission costs € 6,00 and is open from 1 October to 1 April from 10:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays, from 2 April to 30 September every day from 10:00 to 18:00.
If you have purchased the ticket for the ferry that continues to the island of Frioul, you can also take advantage of a visit to this island where nature is almost untouched.
Take a walk on the beach and for dinner stop at La Grillade, where you can enjoy fish soup or grilled fish in a breathtaking location (cost of dinner around € 25,00).
- Distance traveled: 19,1 km / 1 h 30 min, includes the ferry ride
- Places visited: Fortress of Saint-Nicolas (free), Church of San Vittore (free), Château d'If (€ 6,00), Frioul Island (free)
- Daily shopping: € 64,00
- Lunch at La Ruche (Get directions), Dinner at La Grillade (Get directions)
Today you can dedicate yourself to discovery of a small fishing village far from the chaos of the city. From Marseille St Charles station take the TER 81633 train towards TOULON (ticket cost € 5,50), after about 20 minutes you will arrive in Cassis. From the station you have to take a bus, whose ticket costs € 2,00, which will take you to the wonderful blue coast.
Once there, enjoy a beautiful walk through its streets, get to Place Baragnon and visit the Municipal Méditerranéen d'Arts et Tradition Populaires Museum, located in the central Piazza Baragnon, where you can view archaeological finds and retrace the ancient history of Cassis. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00.
For lunch, eat something at Chez Gilbert (spending about € 30,00).
Then enjoy a nice walk in the harbor and then dedicate yourself to discovering the Calanques, a series of rocky canyons that create deep inlets along the coast west of Cassis. The visit can be done by boat (€ 22,00) or on foot, in this case just follow the maps.
In these excursions you can admire the rich vegetation overlooking the sea, with the white limestone rocks, which stand out in the sea with crystalline waters. The complete tour lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Back at the port of Cassis, take a relaxing walk on the port, and arrive at the Same Same The Beach restaurant, where you can eat on the beach (dinner costs around € 45,00).
- Distance traveled: 102 km / 2 h 57 min including travel from Marseille by car
- Places visited: Cassis (free), Musée Municipal Méditerranéen d'Arts et Tradition Populaires (free), Calanques (€ 22,00)
- Daily shopping: € 110,00 including boat tour and return train ticket
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- Lunch at Chez Gilbert (Get directions), Dinner at Same Same Beach (Get directions)
From Marseille you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the "City of Popes", or the magnificent Avignon. From Marseille station you need to take train 7832 Aéropt-C-de-Gaulle, the ticket costs about € 22,00 round trip and the journey takes either 35 minutes or an hour, depending on the train you take.
Once there, enjoy a stroll through the streets and squares of the city immediately. From the station, cross the Remparts d'Avignon, the city walls, and take the Cours Jean Jaurès, the main street of the city. Cross the famous Place de l'Horloge and reach the majestic Palace of the Popes, built when Pope Clement V was forced to leave Rome in 1305, and which you can visit by paying a € 10,50 ticket. Open every day from 9:00 to 19:00.
Eat a sandwich quickly at Boulangerie Marie Blachère (cost € 6,00) and then head to the first stop of the afternoon: the Musée Angladon, an art museum housed in a historic building. Inside there are paintings by artists such as Degas, Manet, Sisley, Cézanne, Picasso, Modigliani and the only work by Van Gogh left in Provence. The price for the visit is € 8,00 and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 13:00 to 18:00.
Then stroll through the streets and don't miss a visit to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-Des-Doms, dating back to the 6th century and known for the statue of the Madonna located on its top, meters high.
Dine relaxing at the tables of Buvette du rocher des Doms, immersed in the Palais de Papes Park, spending around € 40,00 and end the evening walking along the Rhone river.
- Distance traveled: 213 km / 2 h and 45 min including travel from Marseille by car
- Places visited: Avignon (free), Musée Angladon (€ 8,00), Place de l'Horloge (free), Palace of the Popes (€ 10,50), Notre-Dame-Des-Doms Cathedral (free), Palais de Park Papes (free)
- Daily shopping: € 90,00 including train ticket
- tour to Avignon and Chateauneuf du Pape Chateauneuf du Pape: private guided walking tour
- Lunch at Boulangerie Marie Blachère (Get directions, Dinner at Buvette du rocher des Doms (Get directions)
How much does a week cost in Marseille
NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".
If you feel like visiting Provence, Marseille is definitely on the list of cities to stay.
By staying in more outlying districts such as l'Estaque and La Joilette you can save significantly on the price of hotels, considering that the city is not lacking in luxury accommodation. The main attractions are located in the center, so it is possible to move completely on foot and a week is more than enough to visit the main ones, so it is possible to dedicate a few days to small trips outside the city, as in the small elegant villages of Provence. The purchase of the Marseille City pass is strategic, which allows unlimited use of public transport and free access to 15 museums, the cost varies according to the duration, for example the 72-hour card has a value of € 43.
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- Hotel and b & b starting from € 46,00 per room -
- Vieux Port and Wine Tasting - Private Tour Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Cassis walking food tour
- Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 760,00 per person
Before leaving: useful tips
- When to visit Marseille: the city enjoys the Mediterranean climate for which temperatures are generally favorable all year round, the hottest period is from April to October, perfect if you want to take a relaxing and sea holiday - find out more
- the airport is 25 km from Marseille, and is connected with the main Italian cities (such as Rome, Milan, Palermo, Naples) also by low cost flights. From the airport you need to take the shuttle that leaves passengers free of charge at the Vitrolles station, from here you can take the train to the city center. The ride takes about 15 minutes and the ticket costs € 5,10
- Vieux-Port is the port district, which represents the heart of the city, costs are much higher than in other areas, such as l'Estaque, the quieter neighborhood, and La Joilette, which has recently been gaining popularity.
- Getting around: the center is almost entirely pedestrianized, and the city is served by an efficient public transport network which includes 2 metro lines, 144 trolleybus lines and 3 tram lines. In all cases the cost of the ticket is € 1,70 - find out more
- Recommended cards and passes: Marseille City Pass allows you to have unlimited access on public transport, reductions to visit museums and attractions and discounts on items in some shops. The cost varies according to the duration, the 24-hour City Pass costs € 26,00, the one valid for 72 hours costs € 41,00