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Marseille, the outstanding and beautiful port city of France. Renowned for its rich cultural heritage and stunning sights, Marseille is one of the best destinations in Europe. Prized as the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and the European Capital of Sports in 2017, there’s a part of the city for every calling.

If you’re still dubious about Marseille’s potential as your next destination – This list on the best experiences will positively aid your choice!

Getting around in Marseille

Being one of the largest tourist attractions in France, transportation is hard to come by. Currently there are services that can secure your transport even before you get to Marseille. Booking an online shuttle service like Blacklane will make transportation to and from the Marseille airport convenient and comfortable.

What can I do in Marseille?

Sightseeing & Natural Attractions

The contrast between the stunning view of the port and Marseille’s rich historical architecture make for an experience you won’t forget. As a port city, Marseille’s natural beauty leans towards beaches and coastal views.

There is also a huge amount of historical and cultural attractions: the 19th century Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde which offers spectacular views of the port. The Vieux-Port, a harbor with dozen of cafes and restaurants with view to the waterfront, and many other locations that could span an article of its own.

Culture

If you’re artistically inclined, Marseille has everything you need. It wasn’t prized as the European Capital of Culture by chance.

The Musée des Docks Romains is one of the many museums in Marseille but one of the few that still features the Roman influences in its ancient history.

The MuCEM on the other hand is the polar opposite, a state of the art museum by the waterfront. With a breathtaking architecture and exhibitions incredibly diverse that spans France’s rich history portrayed in wildly different artistic views.

Eating

As a port city there’s a plethora of restaurants and cafes that offer only the best seafood, with amazing dishes that will have you yearning for more.

Most of them are located nearby the waterfront or the harbor, so you can expect a stunning view while you indulge in a Bouillabaisse and delicious white wine.

Amongst them you can find Chez Madie Les Galinettes and Le Petit Nice by the Vieux-Port.

Sports

If you’re in Marseille and you’re a football fan you don’t want to miss a tour in Stade Vélodrome, the home of Olympique de Marseille’s football club.

Since its refurbishment in 2016 it is considered as one of the world’s most famous football cathedrals. This great stadium granted Marseille’s the European Capital of Sports award in 2017. 

Shopping

Fashion inclined? Then you’ll be happy to hear that Marseille’s Terrases du Port, right by the MuCEM, is the most beautiful shopping center in the city. Right by the port and with two panoramic promenades of the waterfront, you don’t want to miss this place.

There is also a key shopping district just south of La Canebière, streets filled with dozens of shops catered to every taste, from shops with Marseille’s own designers to huge outlets stores.

But it’s not all clothing and fashion! There are several antiques and artistic shops in this district, where you’ll find all sort of items catered for all tastes.

And if you want a taste of the local cuisine but don’t want to dip your toes in the restaurant and cafes, you can head to the local markets and buy the freshest and highest quality seafood you’ll ever see.