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Holidays in La Corniche
Holiday Travel Guide

La Corniche
Walk or drive along this stunning seafront promenade, which winds from Marseille’s downtown to the Prado beaches, with monuments and views along the way.

On a bright, sunny day, when a cool breeze comes off the Mediterranean, La Corniche is one of the most picturesque places in the world. This stretch of over 1.8 miles (3 kilometres) was formally named for President John F. Kennedy after his assassination, revealing the close links between France and the United States. Though the road was first built in the 1860s, it was renovated in the 1960s and today is both a popular route between Marseille’s tourist spots and a destination in its own right. On a visit to La Corniche bring a camera to capture some of the best views in the city from here.

Drive south from town along La Corniche. The road can get crowded during peak tourist season. Watch the light dance across the Mediterranean waters, occasionally stirred up by passing boats. Look out to the Château d’If, whose remains cling to the small island on which they were built. Bring binoculars to spot seabirds circling over the Frioul Islands or following fishing boats back into port.

Rest occasionally on the long bench lining almost 2 miles (3 kilometres) of the promenade, making it the world’s longest urban bench. 

Head down to the beach access points dotted every once in a while for a swim or just to sip some pastis at nearby beach bars. 

Notice numerous monuments, many of them focused on Marseille’s veterans, and admire the 19th-century villas that still stand facing the sparkling sea.

La Corniche runs across the seafront from close to the centre of Marseille, so it is easy to access even for just a small jaunt. Strolling along the whole length takes about 1 hour. Walk to the start from the Old Port in about 10 minutes. Travel here from the main train station in 15 minutes by car or 30 minutes by train. Parking along the road is difficult to locate, but you may find a few metered lots, especially closer to the Old Port. The road does not have bike lanes.

Walk or drive along this stunning seafront promenade, which winds from Marseille’s downtown to the Prado beaches, with monuments and views along the way.

On a bright, sunny day, when a cool breeze comes off the Mediterranean, La Corniche is one of the most picturesque places in the world. This stretch of over 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) was formally named for President John F. Kennedy after his assassination, revealing the close links between France and the United States. Though the road was first built in the 1860s, it was renovated in the 1960s and today is both a popular route between Marseille’s tourist spots and a destination in its own right. On a visit to La Corniche bring a camera to capture some of the best views in the city from here.

Drive south from town along La Corniche. The road can get crowded during peak tourist season. Watch the light dance across the Mediterranean waters, occasionally stirred up by passing boats. Look out to the Château d’If, whose remains cling to the small island on which they were built. Bring binoculars to spot seabirds circling over the Frioul Islands or following fishing boats back into port.

Rest occasionally on the long bench lining almost 2 miles (3 kilometers) of the promenade, making it the world’s longest urban bench.

Head down to the beach access points dotted every once in a while for a swim or just to sip some pastis at nearby beach bars.

Notice numerous monuments, many of them focused on Marseille’s veterans, and admire the 19th-century villas that still stand facing the sparkling sea.

La Corniche runs across the seafront from close to the center of Marseille, so it is easy to access even for just a small jaunt. Strolling along the whole length takes about 1 hour. Walk to the start from the Old Port in about 10 minutes. Travel here from the main train station in 15 minutes by car or 30 minutes by train. Parking along the road is difficult to locate, but you may find a few metered lots, especially closer to the Old Port. The road does not have bike lanes.

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2865 Cheap Hotels Near La Corniche

Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
Allée Turcat Méry, 7 square des frères Ambrogiani, Marseille
The price is AU$105 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in 8th Arrondissement, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Prado Market and Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition Center. Old Port of Marseille ...
3.8/5Good! (539 reviews)
In the end it was okay.
"When we first arrived they gave us an absolutely dirty and rundown room. The paint was peeling off the wall skirts, there was something sticky next to the bedside table, hair and stains on the bed, the shower was dirty, a socket was hanging out of the wall, curtains were hanging down... We asked ..."

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2021

Residhotel Grand Prado
nhow Marseille
nhow Marseille
4 out of 5
The price is AU$331 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in 7th Arrondissement, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of La Corniche, Prado Beach and Borely Park. Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition ...
4.3/5Excellent! (204 reviews)
"nice location pool spacious room seaview friendly staff"

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2020

nhow Marseille
Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port
Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port
4 out of 5
The price is AU$262 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Located in 7th Arrondissement, this romantic hotel is steps away from Old Port of Marseille, La Criee National Theater of Marseille and Abbaye de Saint Victor. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (954 reviews)
"The lift was not working and the receptionist seemed to be not care about it. The breakfast aas not great and I think it do not meet the standard of four star hotel."

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port
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Top La Corniche Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Appart'City Marseille Centre Prado Velodrome(Ex Seven Urban)
Appart'City Marseille Centre Prado Velodrome(Ex Seven Urban)
3 out of 5
The price is AU$96 per night from 8 Jul. to 8 Jul.
Appart'City Marseille Centre Prado Velodrome(Ex Seven Urban)
nhow Marseille
nhow Marseille
4 out of 5
The price is AU$331 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
Allée Turcat Méry, 7 square des frères Ambrogiani, Marseille
The price is AU$105 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Residhotel Grand Prado
Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port
Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port
4 out of 5
The price is AU$262 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port
AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
4 out of 5
4 allee Marcel Leclerc, Marseille
The price is AU$173 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
Golden Tulip Villa Massalia
Golden Tulip Villa Massalia
4 out of 5
17 Place Louis Bonnefon, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is AU$239 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Golden Tulip Villa Massalia
Maisons du Monde Hôtel & Suites - Marseille Vieux Port
Maisons du Monde Hôtel & Suites - Marseille Vieux Port
The price is AU$164 per night from 29 Jun. to 29 Jun.
Maisons du Monde Hôtel & Suites - Marseille Vieux Port
Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Prado Plage
Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Prado Plage
The price is AU$140 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Prado Plage
New Hotel of Marseille
New Hotel of Marseille
4 out of 5
The price is AU$221 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
New Hotel of Marseille
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.