LCY → MRS
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 39 £GBP (25 min)
Bus: 5 £GBP (30 min)
Train: 4 £GBP (15 min)
Travel insurance is recommended
Take some time to get to know Marseille. As the oldest (the city was founded in 600BC) and second-largest city in France, it has been enhanced and infused by multicultural influence and centuries-old history is now the backdrop of a vibrant cosmopolitan culture.
Wander the sloping streets of the oldest part of Marseille, Le Panier, breathe in the aromas and the energy of the souk-like bazaars. Visit La Garde and look out on the panoramic views over the terracotta rooftops on your Marseille holidays. The more than century-old Vieux Port docks remain a hive of activity as the catch of the day is transformed into the Marseille speciality bouillabaisse. Unlike Paris, Marseille offers year-round sunshine, beyond the city; you will find beautiful sandy beaches, secluded coves and towering cliffs, providing a stark contrast to the urban centre.
Marseille’s climate is Mediterranean. Winters are mild and humid while summers are warm to hot and mostly dry. The months of December, January and February are coldest, with average temperatures of about 12 degrees Celsius (54 Fahrenheit) by day and 4 degrees Celsius (39 Fahrenheit) at night. The hottest months are July and August, with average highs of about 28 to 30 degrees Celsius (82 – 86 Fahrenheit) by day and 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) at night. Marseille is officially France’s sunniest major city with more than 2,900 hours of sunshine per year.
Marseille is a big city and with that comes a big personality, so it is recommended you stay in hotels in Marseille near the action-packed city centre (Vieux-Port).
The Panier is the oldest part of the city, a labyrinth of narrow alleyways and steep streets that has slowly been transformed from an off-limits ghetto into a chic and bohemian neighbourhood.
You will find a wide variety of things to do on Marseille holidays, with the historic Le Panier area, the lively port, and surrounding picturesque countryside. Outside the city, known as the gateway to southern France, are Mediterranean-style beaches and plenty of outdoor activities.
The sheer diversity of shopping opportunities in Marseille is incredible; take a walk on Rue de la Tour, which showcases Marseille’s local designers to the Galeries Lafayette department store. A feast for all your senses awaits you at the Rue Longues-des-Capucins food market or head to Cours Julien to browse the book and music stores.
The city is steeped in 2,600 years of history and that is reflected in the museums, from Musee des Arts Africains in the old town to the converted ferry terminal in the port area that houses The J1 Hangar. The Villa Mediterranee, a futuristic cultural centre, is a must see on holidays to Marseille as is the city’s flagship museum, MuCEM.
Enjoy fresh shellfish at Chez Toinou at the old port or for enjoying affordable, yet imaginative food visit central Le Cafe des Epices.
Head to Le Bar de la Marine for an aperitif or sip cocktails as the sun sets at the fashionable Le Crystal bar at Vieux Port.
It might surprise you, but Marseille has some great beaches. When choosing hotels in Marseille, notice that there’s Plage des Catalans, The Vallons and Plage du Prophete and they are all sandy with a wide range of facilities.