With two itineraries covering the city’s main sites (Le Vieux-Port, Notre-Dame de La Garde, Stade Vélodrome, La Cité Radieuse, La Corniche, Vallon des Auffes, etc.), you can go up and down at any time during your trip.
76 Quai du Port
The Hôtel de la Préfecture has been registered as a historic monument since 1979. You will not be able to miss this monumental building, 90 metres long and 80 metres deep, which is located in the extension of the famous rue Saint-Ferréol.
43 Boulevard Paul Peytral
Now the National Theatre of Marseille, “La Criée“ was once the place where fish was sold in the Old Port of Marseille. Around, you can enjoy the bars/pubs that animate the Port during the day and in the evening.
15 Quai de Rive-Neuve
Visiting Marseille without going through the Velodrome stadium would be a shame, especially for football fans. It is indeed the essential place to attend OM matches. The atmosphere in this mythical stadium is incredible and unique! It is one of the must-see attractions in Marseille!
82 Boulevard Michelet
Intended to become Napoleon III’s residence in Marseille in the 19th century, the Pharo’s palace now belongs to the city and is a venue for congresses and various events. Exceptional panorama with a view of the entrance to the Old Port.
32 Boulevard Charles Livon
CITÉ RADIEUSE / CORBUSIER
The « Cité radieuse » of Marseille, or more prosaically “la Maison du fada“ is a post-war residence built by Le Corbusier in the 8th arrondissement. It is an integral part of Marseille’s history.
280 Boulevard Michelet
PLAGE DES CATALANS
The Catalans district has a well-known white sandy beach that is located in the immediate vicinity of downtown Marseille. Its name, which dates back to the 17th century, is due to the arrival of a group of Catalan fishermen.
8 Rue des Catalans
LES PLAGES DU PRADO / ESCALE BORÉLY
Very well known and appreciated, the beaches of Prado are the most popular in Marseille, day and evening. It must be said that they have all the possible amenities: refreshments and churro huts, shops, bars and restaurants, showers and toilets and multisports playgrounds. And even large, well-kept lawns for those who don’t like grains of sand.
65 Avenue de Bonneveine
VALLON DES AUFFES
A small traditional fishing port in the Endoume district, the Vallon des Auffes is one of Marseille’s most popular fishing spots. With its fishermen’s huts and small fishing boats, this port also hides some gastronomic treasures where you can taste the famous Bouillabaisse de Marseille.
169 Corniche John Fitzgerald Kennedy
VALLON DE L’ORIOL / CORNICHE
The Corniche Kennedy, has the longest promenade in the world measuring almost 3km along the sea from the Catalans to the beaches of Prado. It was named in 1963 in honour of US President John-Fitzgerald-Kennedy who was assassinated that same year. You can contemplate a wonderful landscape on the Mediterranean and its islands.
297 Chemin du Vallon de l’Oriol
Valmer Park is as lush as the villa it adjoins. Perched at the top of the Corniche, it dominates the harbour and the various islands of Marseille such as, among others, the Château d’If and Frioul. The villa, which can easily be compared to a small castle because of its proportions and architecture, was built in 1865 at the request of a rich oil manufacturer and merchant from Salons.
271 Corniche John Fitzgerald Kennedy
BASILIQUE NOTRE-DAME DE LA GARDE
Notre-Dame de la Garde, emblematic figure of the city, is also nicknamed “The Good Mother“ by its inhabitants because it is said to look after sailors, fishermen and all the people of Marseilles. From the top of the hill, you can admire a breathtaking panorama that offers a 360-degree view of the entire city and the sea that surrounds it.
15 Place du Colonel Édon
ABBEY OF SAINT-VICTOR
Founded in the 5th century, the Abbey of Saint-Victor is one of the oldest and most emblematic of the city. Registered in the register of historical monuments in 1840, you can visit this treasure and its magnificent crypts…
122 Boulevard de la Corderie
PLACE AUX HUILES /
COURS ESTIENNE D’ORVES
Famous tourist pedestrian square of Marseille in the heart of the Arcenaux district and a stone’s throw from the Old Port of Marseille, this square bears the name of the French naval officer, hero of the Second World War, Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves. An inevitable place for shopping enthusiasts, there are also many bars, restaurants and café terraces to enjoy the Marseille sun.
11 Quai de Rive-Neuve
VIEUX-PORT / CANEBIÈRE
An essential address of the city, La Canebière is the famous avenue that links the Old Port to the Reformed Church for 1km. On both sides of the Canebière, all kinds of shops are available, ideal for shopping or having a coffee.
25 Quai des Belges
In a fishing or commercial port, the “Capitainerie“ is the official residence of the port officers. At this stop, you can enjoy a view of the entire Old Port and lunch in one of the restaurants offering a cuisine between land and sea in a modern setting.
Angle Avenue Saint-Jean /
Quai du Port
LA MAJOR / LE PANIER
The Major district, of the same name as the famous cathedral adorning the central square, is one of the symbols of Marseille. Built between 1852 and 1893, it was the first building in Marseille that sailors saw when they arrived. At its feet, the recently renovated vaults have now become the headquarters of the trendy people of Marseille thanks to its trendy bars and restaurants.
Angle Avenue Robert Schuman /
Rue Antoine Becker
JOLIETTE / LES DOCKS /
LES TERRASSES DU PORT
La Joliette is a district of the 2nd arrondissement of Marseille located north of the Old Port and the Panier. Nowadays it has been transformed into a commercial zone, in which offices, restaurants and shops are mixed. You will find one of the largest shopping centres in Europe by the sea with more than 171 stores.
6 Place de la Joliette
MUCEM / FORT SAINT-JEAN
MuCem, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, opened its doors in 2013, during which Marseille was the European Capital of Culture. Floating between the sky and the water at the entrance to the Old Port, it was built by the renowned architect Rudy Ricciotti and is now one of the main monuments to visit in Marseille. By taking the two footbridges that connect MuCem to Fort Saint-Jean, a former military fort, you can stroll through the alleys and botanical walks that this historic monument offers as well as enjoy the exceptional panoramic view of the Old Port and the sea.
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