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Travel Guide
Vieux Port featuring a marina and boating

A stunning coastline, thriving café culture and 26 centuries of history makes this port city in the South of France the perfect year-round escape.

Welcome to Marseille, France’s oldest city, beloved for its history, art, architecture and café culture. Be sure to pack a camera, swimming costume and hiking boots as Marseille has beautiful historic attractions, sun-drenched city beaches and superb hiking along its dramatic Mediterranean coastline.

Start your day at the city’s bustling center, the Vieux Port. Sample the coffee and brunches that local café owners have proudly perfected into an art form over the last century.

For some of the best sightseeing, take a stroll through the Panier, the city’s old town just north of the port. Explore the Vieille Charité museum, then visit the Hotêl de Ville to admire its magnificent Baroque-style exterior. Catch the Petit Train from the north side of the port to the magnificent Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, where you’ll be rewarded with heavenly city views.

Visit the grand Opéra de Marseille and some of the many galleries and theaters around the bustling Canebière thoroughfare. While you are on the Canebière, stop by the tourism office to see what events and festivals are on in Marseille during your visit. In the Noailles district, experience the exotic in the bazaar-like atmosphere of the African markets.

Discover Marseille’s great outdoors by hiking or boating along the southern coastline through the exquisite limestone features of the Calanques National Park. Take a guided boat tour from the Vieux Port to Château d’If, a former prison island made famous in Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo. Spend a lazy afternoon in Borély Park. Explore its grand chateau and its botanic garden, then head to nearby Prado Beach or Borély Beach and enjoy a drink by the sea at sunset.

Marseille’s best sights are within walking distance of the Vieux Port, and bus and boat routes run frequently from here to more distant attractions. Rail lines connect Marseille to just about everywhere in France, and to several rail hubs in Central Europe. Regular ferries link the city to Corsica, Sardinia and North Africa. Marseille Provence Airport is one of France’s busiest, and connects with most major European airports.

Where to stay in Marseille

Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
The price is HK$653 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of University of Aix-Marseille I, Old Port of Marseille and Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (805 reviews)
1 Nuit séjour Pro pendant Covid
"Bon accueil, parking obligatoire 10€, sauf si chance de trouver une place devant mais loterie. Personnel accueillant, en cette période de Covid Check-In hyper rapide y'a malheureusement pas grand monde. Chambre confortable insonorisé, identique au modèle au Japon, j'adore le concept. WC Japonais, ..."

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2021

Toyoko Inn Marseille Saint Charles
Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux-Port – MGallery
Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux-Port – MGallery
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,033 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in 1st Arrondissement, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Port of Marseille, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Notre-Dame ...
4.4/5Excellent! (914 reviews)
"The staff at the reception were great. Window is not strong enough to block outside noise."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux-Port – MGallery
Hôtel la Résidence du Vieux-Port
Hôtel la Résidence du Vieux-Port
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,393 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in Quartier du Panier, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from La Canebiere and Old Port of Marseille. Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal and Museum ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (652 reviews)
"Great place"

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2021

Hôtel la Résidence du Vieux-Port
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