37. Marseilles, France

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Why Marseilles, France

Marseilles is a charming city with quite the diverse population and worth visiting if only for the view and its red roofs from the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde which sits on a hill overlooking the town.

Marseilles, France Quai de Port

Marseilles, France Quai de Port

 

Marseilles, France - The Old Port Boats

Marseilles, France – The Old Port Boats

 

Where

Marseilles is located on the south eastern coast of France. 

How To Get Here

By Train

The French National Rail SNCF has frequent service to Marseilles from Paris and other cities.

By Plane

The closest airport is the Marseilles Provence Airport (MRS).

The following airlines has service to Marseilles:

Aegean Airlines (A3), Aigle Azur (ZI), Air Algerie (AH), Air Austral (UU), Air Canada (AC), Air Corsica (XK), Air France (AF), Air Madagascar (MD), Air Malta (KM), Air Transat (TS), Alitalia (AZ), British Airways (BA), brussels airlines (SN), EasyJet Airlines (U2), El Al Airlines (LY), Eurowings (EW), Germania (ST), Germanwings (4U), HOP! (A5), Iberia Airlines (IB), Jetairfly (TB), Links Air (W2), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Meridiana Airlines (IG), Royal Air Morac (AT), Ryanair (FR), TAP Portugal (TP), Tunisair (TU), Turkish Airlines (TK), Twin Jet (T7), Volotea (V7), Vueling (VY) and XL Airways France (SE).

By Bus

There is bus service from say London on Flixbus or National Express. Within France, there is service on OuiBus.

By Car

If you are already in Europe you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

By Cruise Ship

Marseille has a large cruise ship port. Ships such as the MSC Fantasia has cruise with Marseille as a stop. This is how I visited the second time around.

Marseilles, France - MSC Fantasia Docking in Marseilles

Marseilles, France – MSC Fantasia Docking in Marseilles

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Where To Stay

There are many places to stay in Marseilles. I’ve been there twice now but have not stayed overnight. It is actually frequent stop on Mediterranean cruises so a perfect city for a day trip.

Marseilles, France - Hotel

Marseilles, France – Hotel

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

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Where To Eat

Due to its proximity to North Africa, you get a great flavor of a mix of French cuisine and North African cuisine as you walk through the town.

Marseilles, France - Food stall

Marseilles, France – Food stall

 

Marseilles, France - Nuts

Marseilles, France – Nuts

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

What To Do

Marseilles has the typical museums, parks and gardens. One thing that’s a must do at some point is to head up to the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. You can walk or take the trolley (Tourist Train). The view is breathtaking and from here you can see all of Marseilles.

Marseilles, France - Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde seen from the Old Port

Marseilles, France – Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde seen from the Old Port

Visit the Marseilles, France – Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations MuCEM

Marseilles, France - Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations MuCEM

Marseilles, France – Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations MuCEM

Get a City Pass which will allow you to save some money on the tours.

Marseilles, France - Street

Marseilles, France – Street

As you are in the Provence region, you can take a tour of the wine region.

Visit the Cathédrale La Major; you may be fortunate enough to catch a wedding as I did.

Marseilles, France - Cathédrale La Major

Marseilles, France – Cathédrale La Major

 

Marseilles, France - Wedding

Marseilles, France – Wedding

==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> Here is a list of Tours offered by Viator.

Additional Information

Language: French

Currency: EUR

Marseilles Tourism Board

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Marseilles, France - Street

Marseilles, France – Street

 

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