37. Marseilles, France
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 is located on the south eastern coast of France.
How To Get Here
The French National Rail SNCF has frequent service to Marseilles from Paris and other cities.
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).
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.
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.
==>> Try Airbnb.
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.
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.
Visit the Marseilles, France – Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations MuCEM
Get a City Pass which will allow you to save some money on the tours.
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.
==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.
==>> Here is a list of Tours offered by Viator.