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Marseille
Travel Guide

Vieux Port featuring boating and a marina

Escape to France’s historic southern port city to experience its picture-perfect coastline, cosmopolitan café culture and more than 26 centuries of history.

France’s reputation for food and hospitality collides with thousands of years of history, art and architecture in Marseille, France’s oldest city. Visit the southern city with your camera, swimmers and walking shoes in hand to explore Marseille’s amazing historic sites, sunny beaches and the cliff-top hiking routes that follow the Mediterranean coastline.

Wake up with a cup of coffee and breakfast at one of the local cafés the city is famous for. Over the past century the city’s residents have devoted themselves to developing their iconic café culture around the Vieux Port precinct.

Take a walk through the city’s old town, Panier, to see the major sights of Marseille. Just north of the port you’ll find the Vieille Charité Museum and the Baroque-style Hotêl de Ville. Hop on board the Petit Train that runs from the old town to reach the towering Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, which boasts some of the best views of Marseille.

Spend an afternoon at the luxurious Opéra de Marseillebefore exploring the galleries, theatres and winding streets that characterise the nearby Canebiére thoroughfare. Stop by the tourist office on the arcade to discover the many cultural events taking place each week in Marseille. Venture to the Noailles district to shop for oddities in the sprawling African markets.

The landscape surrounding Marseille shouldn’t be missed: there are many hikes, bike rides and boat trips to embark on in the Calanques National Park. Sign up for a guided boat tour to see Château d’If, the former prison island that was immortalised in Alexandre Dumas’ famous film, Count of Monte Cristo. While away the afternoon in Borély Park as you explore its beautiful chateau and surrounding botanic garden before you head to Prado Beach or Borély Beach to watch the sunset.

Marseille’s city centre is easily navigated on foot with most attractions located close to Vieux Port. From the port you can use the city’s public bus and boat routes to reach attractions outside the city. Arrive in Marseille via France’s extensive network of high-speed trains or by ferry from Corsica, Sardinia and Northern Africa. Those coming from outside Europe will need to fly from a European hub to Marseille’s international airport, which is among the busiest in the nation.

Where to stay in Marseille

Residhotel Grand Prado
Residhotel Grand Prado
3 out of 5
Allée Turcat Méry, 7 square des frères Ambrogiani, Marseille
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
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
Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port
Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port
4 out of 5
The price is AU$255 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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! (956 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
AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
4 out of 5
4 allee Marcel Leclerc, Marseille
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$172 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in 8th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Velodrome Stadium and Parc Chanot Convention and Exhibition Center. Palais des Sports ...
4.3/5Excellent! (310 reviews)
Business stop over
"Nice Hotel - will use again"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2020

AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome
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Dare a Super-yacht in Saint-tropez
Dare a Super-yacht in Saint-tropez
Saint-Tropez, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
The price is AU$18,772 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Located in Saint-Tropez City Centre, this historic houseboat is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Saint-Tropez Gulf and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Pampelonne Beach. Plage de la ...
Dare a Super-yacht in Saint-tropez
Riva Boat up to 4 Pers
Riva Boat up to 4 Pers
Cannes, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Located in Cannes Old Town, this historic houseboat is within a 5-minute walk of Midi Beach and Cannes Harbour. Promenade de la Croisette and Palace of Festivals ...
Riva Boat up to 4 Pers
Apartment Antibes, Studio Flat, 2 Persons
Apartment Antibes, Studio Flat, 2 Persons
6 rue Ernest Macé, Antibes, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Located in Antibes City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Baie des Anges and Picasso Museum. Salis Beach and Juan-les-Pins Beach are also within ...
Apartment Antibes, Studio Flat, 2 Persons
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.

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