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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.

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Most popular time to visit June–August
Cheapest time to visit November–January
Local currency € 1 = US$1.17
Language French
Average weekend price US$150 per night
Average weekday price US$149 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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10

You'll be tempted to eat from Marseille.

21 September 2021

You'll be tempted to eat from Marseille. There is a choice of options from Marseille cuisine to all international. Of course, it comes with the help of fresh seafood cuisine in almost every season for the port city. You can eat your useful seafood, especially in the Old Port. Fish soup flavored with garlic and saffron called “Bouillabaisse”, we can find almost immediately, and it is a starter to Marisilian. There are also various sauces served with thick crust French bread or fish. Most of them are currently there and transport. “L’Eisette”, “Le Miramar”, “Le Trois Forts are the most ideal and popular dishes for seafood, although a little popular”. Those who do not like fish can try restaurants such as “Charles Livon” that have more meat products. It is also beneficial to have this done by the caregiver alone. To "Chez Fo" if you want to eat sea food at a more affordable price, to "Pizzeria Etienne" to eat good pizza. Victor Monastery, Notre Dame de la Garde Abbey, Vieux Port (Old Port), La Panier (Old Town), Mediterranean Archaeological Museum, Chateau d'if, The Vielle Charite, Longchamp Palace and many other places.

Barteello
Barteello Turkey
4.0

It didn't feel like the safest city, there is a lot of...

14 September 2021

It didn't feel like the safest city, there is a lot of homelessness and people asking you for money. There weren't a lot of attractions to see without traveling pretty far by bus, and the central city in general was not very beautiful. It is not worth the price of visiting in my opinion.

nicoledonzella
nicoledonzella United States
10

Lovely, lively place to visit.

9 September 2021

Lovely, lively place to visit. We spent two days with children and enjoyed the city and the cultural offer very much. It is very easy to get around in Marseilles on foot and with public transportation. The network is dense and the prices very acceptable.

Franck
Franck Germany
6.0

Around the port its a nice place but Marseille has some...

8 September 2021

Around the port its a nice place but Marseille has some weird vibes as well. It could be very nice but the people are a bit shabby. It's all fine and safe but its not the French Rivera vibes you might expect.

Steve Coelers
Steve Coelers Netherlands
10

Marseille offers the best of the Mediterranean climate and...

24 August 2021

Marseille offers the best of the Mediterranean climate and geography, a very beautiful and lively port, amazing food. It’s not a usual tourist destination, but It offers something for the traveller who is looking for somewhere abit different.

Shahid
Shahid United Kingdom
8.0

Marseille is a nice city, however, if you are looking for a...

24 August 2021

Marseille is a nice city, however, if you are looking for a more tourist option, I would rather visit Nice. In my opinion, the city is more industrial as per the cruises and yachts, that are always on the docks. In the part of the city (Villette) I was not feeling safe, 2 days after our visit I found out that there were also shootings during those days. It is nice for a short visit, but I would keep it for maximum of 2 days in my opinion.

Radka
Radka Czech Republic

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