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High angle view of cityscape by sea. Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille against clear sky. Buildings by seascape on sunny day. ©SimonSkafar/iStock

High angle view of cityscape by sea against sky

Cathedrale La Major in sunny summer day in Marseille, France ©rebius/iStock

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Different flavored bars of soap

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Apéritif provençal : Pastis Olives - Culture provençale Lavande

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Marseille in 3 days

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Bubbling, energetic, exuberant, contrasting, hospitable, endearing...This is the oldest city in France, the warm and sanguine capital of Provence. Founded by the Phocaeans 2,600 years ago, Marseille guards the origins of its dynamic port soul and its profoundly mediterranean character.

For three days, immerse yourself in the hustle and buste, history and culture of this centuries old city.

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Day 1 - Marseille

Begin your visit of Marseille by exploring the origins of the city: the Museum of Roman Docks retraces the history of the port city’s origins with an exhibition of remains from its earliest centuries. Head next to MUcem, the new, modern icon of Marseille, made up from Fort Saint Jean and the J4 building, to look at Mediterranean culture and civilization. The incredible view offered by the terrace of this floating museum entices many visitors to stay for lunch. Head to the Docks de la Joliette, stopping at Villa Méditerranée, the Regards de Provence Museum and the old Marseille Cathedral. Often overlooked, the Panier quarter is nonetheless the oldest district of France with narrow streets that reflect the charm of Mediterranean villages. Cross the old centre to begin your evening by sipping a pastis in the old port.

  • Distance : 8,2 km
  • Duration : 0h37

Day 2 - Marseille

Resume your route by hitting the other side of the old port. Why not start with a coffee on a terrace of Court d’Estienne d’Orves? Head next to the magnificent Basilique Saint Victor, a remnant of the fifth century, and then to Notre Dame de la Garde, an unmissable monument of Marseille that overlooks the city. You can then lunch in the chic Roucas-Blanc quarter. After a post-lunch walk on La Corniche, choose between relaxation on the surrounding beaches such as Pointe-Rouge, Prado or Prophète, or culture with a visit to one of the countless museums of ancient Massalia. The Museum of Decorative Arts, Earthenware and fashion, the Museum of contemporary art, Cité Radieuse… there’s something for everyone. Spend your evening around Rue Sainte.

  • Distance : 17 km
  • Duration : 0h59

Day 3 - Marseille

You can’t leave the Phocaean city without a saunter along la Canebière, the large shopping street that connects the Old Port to the église des Réformés, one of the city’s enduring symbols. Why not meander through the adjoining lanes, to the left in the Belsunce district to visit the History Museum, or to the right in the Noailles quarter which offers a glimpse of the oriental and grassroots Marseille. There’s still much to see in the afternoon including the Réformés, the Palais Longchamp which houses the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural History, or the Friche la Belle de Mai. You may prefer to visit the Cantini Museum or stroll along Rue Saint Ferreol, ideal for shopping aficionados.

Your stay ends here. To prolong the trip, stop for an aperitif on the Cours Julien or spend an extra day exploring Marseille, its Château d’If or the spectacular surrounding coves.

  • Distance : 3,9 km
  • Duration : 0h19

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