Explore Marseille – a varied city break destination
300 days of sunshine every year? Yes please!
Marseille has lots to offer; from an incredible coastline and a harbour to rival any other, to impressive natural heritage.
Established in 600 BC by Phocaea Greeks, Marseille is France’s oldest city and its second largest after Paris.
Just a few kilometres from the Vieux-Port (Old Port) – the heart of the city - lays the Calanques National Park, the perfect spot for year-round outdoor activities. The famous Calanques covers 20 kilometres with untamed creeks to explore, and clear blue waters to enjoy.
- Admire the panoramic view from Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde church
- Take to the water to discover the small fishing ports and creeks, the Chateau d’If and the archipelago of Frioul
- Wander the city’s markets
- Sip a Pastis at sunset on the Vieux-Port
- See an exhibition in the Vieille Charité Museum and have a walk in the Panier district
- Watch an OM (Olympique de Marseille) football match at the Velodrome Stadium
- Take a jog along The Corniche coastline
- Try local gastronomic specialities like Bouillabaisse (infamous fish soup)
Marseille boasts numerous culinary traditions; first and foremost the famous Bouillabaisse - the most renowned fish speciality in the world, it’s closely linked to the city’s image.
Other local specialities include:
- Pistou Pasta
- Favouilles Rice (Crab with rice)
- Provençal Stew
- Pieds Paquets (stuffed sheep’s feet and tripe)
- Aioli (Garlic Mayonnaise Dip)
- Tapenade (Olive Paste)
- Anchoïade (Anchovy Paste)
- Panisses (Fried chickpea pancakes)
Visit the City
Marseille City Pass
Valid for 24 or 48 hours, this pass includes free access to museums, boat crossing and guided tour of the famous Château d’If, tourist train tour to Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, free access to public transportation as well as many other advantages.
City Pass 24h : 22€
City Pass 48h : 29€ Available from the Maresille Tourist Office
February: Open 13 of tennis
March: World Water Forum - Massilia Mono Cup and Massilia IRC Sailing Race - Marseille Marathon - Marseille Carnival
April: Mediterranean Sea International Nautical wee - Jeanty Women's Foil Fencing World Cup Grand Prix FIE Challenge
May: Festival of Sacred Music
June: La fête bleue - Les Voiles du Vieux Port Sailing Race - Open GDF Suez Marseille - AudiMed Cup – Marseille Festival
July: Festival of Jazz from the Five Continents - Tour de France stopover (with the stage finish in the Velodrome Stadium)
September: September at Sea - Art-O-Rama International Contemporary Art exhibit - Juris’ Cup Sailing Race
October: Fiesta des Suds - Marsatac Music Festival - Marseille Antiques and Art Gallery Fair - Marseille-Cassis Half-Marathon
November: World Underwater Pictures Festival
December: Christmas Nativity Crib Figurines (Santons) and Christmas markets
SNCF Train station (Gare Saint Charles): 3 hours from Paris (1 TGV high-speed train every hour)
Direct summer route from London to Marseille with Eurostar
Airport: Marseille-Provence (30 min from the city centre, Air France shuttle to Paris every half hour, MP2 terminal for low-cost carriers)
SNCF Train links between Vitrolles Aéroport Marseille Provence
train station, and Marseille
Saint-Charles train station (20 direct trains per day, 30 minutes’ ride)
Motorways: A55, A7, A52 (765 km from Paris)
Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Marseille
4, la Canebière 13001 Marseille
Tel 33 (0)826 500 500 (0.15€ par minute) Fax33 (0)4 91 13 89 20