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France's second-largest city is a melting pot of maritime history and culture. Famed for its ancient harbour and enthralling museums, Marseille offers a wide variety of things to do. The city's focal point is its iconic Vieux Port (old harbour) – the place to enjoy some fresh seafood dishes like local favourite bouillabaisse, watch the boats come in or ride the famous Ferris wheel. Next to Vieux Port is the area of Le Panier (The Basket) – Marseille's oldest quarter and the site of the original Greek settlement. Its snug, village-like vibe makes it perfect for a scenic stroll through lanes that house craft shops and museums like Musée d’Archéologie Méditerranéenne and Musée d’Arts Africains, Océaniens et Améridiens. The modern Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations is also worth a visit, and is just as striking on the outside as it is inside.

Further highlights include the stunning cathedral of Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Stade Vélodrome – Olympique de Marseille FC's eye-catching stadium. Weather permitting, a boat ride to the majestic Calanques is a must for anyone visiting the city. This stretch of coast between Marseille and Cassis offers breathtaking views, sandy beaches and plenty of hiking trails.

Marseille-Provence International Airport is located around 30 kilometres from the city and connections by bus, trains or taxi take less than 30 minutes.

Tonight

From £164 per night

Next weekend

From £191 per night

Most popular time to visit June–August
Cheapest time to visit November–January
Local currency € 10 = £8.53
Language French
Average weekend price £92 per night
Average weekday price £87 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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10

I love Marseille.

26 July 2021

I love Marseille. But it took a long time to fall in love. It's very trendy these days and there's lots going on, especially in terms of culture. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe, as it was founded originally by the ancient Phoenicians. There is great hiking and also beaches, but they're far from the centre. You can take a bus and the frequency has improved this year. There are also ferries during summer. However traffic is a huge problem.

Jane
Jane France
10

So much to see and do, lots of excellent restaurants,...

14 July 2021

So much to see and do, lots of excellent restaurants, international cuisines, prices for all budgets, various suburbs, museums, gardens, the people are very friendly and helpful, excellent tram system. The tourist train is very good value unlike the sightseeing bus, expensive andnot worth it. Book the boat trips in advance to avoid queues.

Chantal
Chantal United Kingdom
8.0

Nice big city, with beautiful beaches, great places for...

17 June 2021

Nice big city, with beautiful beaches, great places for water sports and breathtaking nature reserves near by. Be ready for extremely chaotic traffic and parking on the streets. Restaurant near the sea coast are expensive: serve big portions of simple, usually fried food. If you look for gourmet French restaurants, they are hard to find.

Anna
Anna Israel
8.0

Really nice.

15 September 2020

Really nice. So many different views over the city from different locations which need to be seen at sunrise and sunset. Restaurants felt slightly overpriced, and not just around the port. Cafes and bars were fine, if the coffee and beer slightly on the small side. Bar staff could do with a lesson on how to properly pour a beer.

BerlinRanger
BerlinRanger Germany
10

Yes, crowdy and touristic beaches and the Vieux Port can...

26 August 2020

Yes, crowdy and touristic beaches and the Vieux Port can make you feel unsafe. However, go for it! Visit the Calanques, loan a private boat with skipper for a day, eat at delicious restaurants! Marseille is the place to be this year !

Henri Mahieu
Henri Mahieu Belgium
8.0

Marseille is a very intresting city, that combines the daily...

25 August 2020

Marseille is a very intresting city, that combines the daily aggitation of a metropolis with the spirit of a holiday destination. People serving are very friendly, but locals can seem very sketchy. Traffic is absolute chaos and it seems like no rule applies. It is for sure a place worth visiting, with all its beautiful and wild surroundings.

Carmen
Carmen Germany

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