Marseille is the undiscovered jewel in the crown of France’s Mediterranean coastline. The rocky hills of Provence look down onto the ancient port and the thousands of boats docked in its clear blue waters. Countless artists have been seduced by the sunny climate and the hustle-and-bustle of the town. France’s second city has all you could ask for - beautiful beaches, ancient buildings, thriving arts, and a diverse and dynamic nightlife. Welcome to a place fiercely proud of its unique cultural heritage, dubbed "Planet Mars" by its youthful population.

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Château d'If

Château d'If was, historically, France’s very own Alcatraz, built in 1527 and used as a prison in the 17th century. This place was the inspiration for Alexandre Dumas's novel "The Count of Monte Cristo", and occupies an island of its own 1.5 km offshore.

L’Archipel du Frioul, Marseille
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

The defining symbol of Marseille towers on a hilltop 154 metres above the city, with the gilded statue of the Virgin Mary stretching skywards. The views from up here are simply stunning. Take the shuttle for convenience or embark on a just-under-an-hour-long hike up from the old port.

Rue Fort du Sanctuaire, Marseille
Le Miramar

This restaurant is located in the heart of the Vieux Port (along with all the other upmarket local fish restaurants). Le Miramar has earned its spotless reputation much due to serving excellent bouillabaisse.The restaurant's menu is, however, rather varied, and includes meat dishes, too.

12 Quai du Port, Marseille

L’Epuisette is located in the old port of Vallon des Auffes, which makes for a magical backdrop with great views of the sea and fishing boats close by. The cuisine served is gourmet Mediterranean, greatly appreciated by both locals and tourists alike.

158 Rue du Vallon des Auffes, Marseille
Vieux Port Fish Market

There is a bustling fish market in the Vieux Port well worth exploring. The intense smell of fish and salty sea contribute to making this experience one you will not soon forget. Why not buy some fresh fish and try a hand at the Marseille speciality Bouillabaisse stew?

Quai des Belges, Marseille
Les Terrasses du Port

In May 2014 a new shopping experience opened its doors. Les Terrasses du Port, a waterfront shopping mall, is ideally located north of the port and is a unique building complex full of shops, restaurants and a fitness park. Shop for everything under the sun, under one roof.

9 Quai du Lazaret, Marseille

Marseille Provence Airport

Marseille Provence Airport is located 30 kilometres from the town centre. You can take the train to reach the city centre, and the journey takes approximately half an hour. There are also shuttle buses that run between the airport and Marseille’s train station, Gare Saint Charles. From the train station you can easily reach other nearby cities. Taxis and car rental companies are represented at the airport. Airport taxis +33 4 42 88 11 44

Marseille Provence Airport, Marseille

Passport / Visa

France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.