France, Marseille

An Overview

Nestled on France’s southern coast, this city boasts a rich history to uncover, alongside an abundance of wonderful cultural sights and no shortage of natural beauty spots either, perfect for memorable holidays in Marseille.

Things to do

Holidays in Marseille should certainly include visits to some of the city’s stunning historical and architectural buildings. Notre Dame de la Garde is a little south of the heart of the city and while in itself it’s a beautiful structure, it’s also the highest point in Marseille, offering spectacular views.

You can also take a trip over to Ile d’If, just a few minutes from Marseille’s port, where you can wander around the 16th century Chateau d’If, a former prison and the setting of the film The Count of Monte Cristo.

Things to see

Palais Longchamp, located in Parc Longchamp, is a 19th century public space with an ornate waterfall, picturesque canal and animal sculptures, while it’s also home to the oldest museum in Marseille – Musee des Beaux Arts.

Be sure to take a stroll around Le Panier, Marseille’s Old Town. This charming neighbourhood is a step back in time with its quaint, colourful buildings.


There are also plenty of picturesque spots to enjoy beach holidays in Marseille. Around the city centre, Plage des Catalans is one of the most popular sandy beaches but it can get busy. Other options include Plage du Prophete and Plage du Prado, the latter of which is popular for swimming and close to a replica of the famous Statue of David too.

While at the coast, don’t miss the chance to take a boat ride to Les Calanques between Marseille and Cassis. Here, you’ll find breath-takingly beautiful beaches and sea views.

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