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Marseille is a vacation destination with loads of history, culture and charm, as you would expect from one of the oldest cities in Europe. The streets are alive with markets, historic buildings, cafes, art galleries, shops and accommodation options. Religious and cultural attractions can be found all over the city and there’s plenty of free tourist attractions to enjoy.
There is also hip nightlife with restaurants, bars and clubs, so your nights can be even busier than your days of sightseeing. Or you might like to relax with an evening at the ballet or opera. Whatever your style and budget, you can find it in beautiful Marseille.
The best time to visit Marseille is from September to November when the main influx of tourists has departed. May to August is peak season, and hotels get booked far in advance.
Keep this in mind when you book your flight to Marseille that will land at Marseille Provence Airport. There are many great Air Canada and Air France flights to Marseille in France and other wonderful European destinations. Book your cheap flights and affordable rooms, and let’s start planning your fantastic vacation.
The classic French style and impeccable taste are reflected in the accommodation in the city with many beautiful places to stay in every budget range. Here are some examples to inspire your search for rooms.
Mama Shelter is your affordable option for accommodation in Marseille. This trendy little hotel near the old port attracts a young crowd. It has clean and modern rooms with funky vibes.
Are you looking for more fancy digs? La Residence du Vieux Port is a bright retro-pop hotel overlooking the picturesque port. Expect the best service during your stay at this 4-star hotel with a nice restaurant and lounge and many top-notch dining establishments nearby. The vibrantly decorated library with stained glass windows is the perfect place to relax.
If you like peace and quiet, Hotel 96 just out of the city might appeal. With just 13 rooms and large indoor and outdoor swimming pools, you can relax in relative privacy. The hotel is in a 19th-century house with pretty gardens filled with interesting sculptures.
The old harbour, le Vieux Port, is one of the most beautiful areas of Marseille. Get there early to see the 100-year-old fish market, then have breakfast in a little cafe. There’s always lots happening at the marina and from there, you can walk to Fort Saint-Jean and the Romanesque-style Saint-Laurent Church. You might be back to the port area one evening to try a trendy bar or see the performance at Opéra de Marseille.
A trip to see the Notre Dame de la Garde can’t be missed. This stunning Catholic basilica sees a constant stream of French locals and tourists.
Construction of the iconic building started in 1852 and took 21 years to complete. With a lower church or crypt in the Romanesque style and an upper church of Neo-Byzantine style decorated with mosaics, it is a beautiful sight. A bell tower holds a massive statue of the Madonna and Child made of copper gilded with gold leaf. The interiors include colourful mosaics, statues and murals.
For a fantastic hiking experience The Massif des Calanques is part of a national park where you can walk, kayak, swim, cycle and explore the wonderful surroundings. Book a private tour, hire an experienced guide or make your own way around this beautiful area where you can easily spend a whole day.
Pharo Palace was built in 1858 by Emperor Napoleon III for Empress Eugénie, who later gifted it to the city. It was a medical school for some time and is today used for meetings, fairs, and conferences. The grand old building overlooks the water and has spacious gardens.
St Victor’s Abbey was founded during the late Roman period. It was named in honour of the local soldier saint and martyr, Victor of Marseilles. The church and crypts at this ancient site are open to the public.
The oldest neighbourhood in Marseille is Le Panier, where you can discover vintage shopping, historic buildings and cafes. Explore the old town on foot and admire the quaint surroundings. You can also catch a tourist train at the port that goes around the old town area if you don’t feel like walking. Check out Hôtel de Cabre that dates back to the 1500s.
Of course, a trip to any place in France includes many fine dining experiences. You are spoiled for choice in Marseille, with great restaurants and cafes dotted all over the city. There are 34 Michelin-star restaurants to choose from, with many focusing on contemporary seafood, modern or traditional food. Schilling, Sepia and Madame Jeanne are always booked well in advance, so don’t wait too long to book your table.
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