A city in perpetual motion

The second largest city in France, Marseille is renowned for its high-quality urban development and constant creativity.

Marseille, the oldest city in France, founded 2,600 years ago, today boasts 1.2 million proud citizens. Spread over 57 kilometres of coastline, with 20 calanques (inlets), the city sets records for sunshine: up to 300 days a year.

The visitor wanders through 26 centuries here, from the site of Fort Saint-Jean, occupied since ancient times, to the forts encircling the port, to the churches and old streets, to the large architectural projects of the 21st century, such as the new Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

You have to walk—be a flâneur—in Marseille to capture the richness of its heritage and the myriad colours of its diversity and multiculturalism.

Go to the old port and watch small fishing boats head out to sea and return. Visit the Panier, an authentic neighbourhood of beautiful buildings, charming squares, and narrow streets. Climb up the Notre Dame de la Garde, nicknamed the ‘Good Mother', the guardian of sailors and fishermen, to admire the city. Go out for dinner in the spectacular dining spots of a new generation of creative restaurateurs. Go shopping on rue Paradis in the Docks district. Life is good for the residents of this, the second largest city of France, and their warm smiles and singsong accents will make your stay here pleasant and memorable. Oh, one more thing: don't leave town without trying the famous bouillabaisse, aioli, and focaccia.

Insight video - Discover Marseille and surroundings
Insight video

Discover Marseille and surroundings

Discovery map - Our selection of must-see places in and around Marseille
Discovery map

Our selection of must-see places in and around Marseille

Diaporama

Our Marseilles photo album

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arts and culture museums

A summer of pure Picasso in Provence

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art and culture going out

The Phap Hoa Pagoda, a Buddhist temple in Marseille

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food and drink unexpected

The delights of secrecy at Carry Nation

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art and culture exploration

Street art stars in the heart of Marseille

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discovery - art and culture

Wandering around the Provence of writer Peter Mayle

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luxury

Le Petit Nice, luxury in the heart of Marseille

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luxury

Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

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surpring

Rhizome, Les racines du gout

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charm

New Hotel Bompard

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trendy

Mama Shelter

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