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  • 1 Massif des Calanques Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 13000 Marseille

    The Massif des Calanques stretches almost 20km between Marseille and Cassis. This range is made up of a craggy, dazzling white limestone landscape. Its outstanding charm can be ascribed to its creeks, deeply chiselled into the coast. Some are easily ..

  • 2 Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 rue de la Charité F - 13000 Marseille

    This museum dedicated to Mediterranean archaeology houses objects from Egypt, from the beginning of the Old Kingdom (2700 BC) to the Coptic era (3C-4C AD), from the Near EastCyprus, Greece and Magna Græcia, Etruria and Rome, as well as Celto-Ligurian..

  • 3 Musée d'Arts Africains, Océaniens, Amérindiens (MAAOA) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 rue de la Charité F - 13000 Marseille

    This museum holds the richest collection of art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas outside of Paris. The well curated collection includes masks, sculptures, reliquaries and daily objects, principally from West Africa, Wayana masks (Brazil), shrunk..

  • 4 Centre de la Vieille Charité Hospice Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 rue de la Charité F - 13002 Marseille

    This handsome architectural ensemble designed by the Puget brothers and built between 1671 and 1745 is a former hospice. The buildings are organised about a fine Baroque chapel with an oval-shaped cupola. The three levels of arcaded galleries are are..

  • 5 Morgiou Creek Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    chemin de Sormiou F - 13009 Marseille

    This calanque offers a wild setting with little sign of human presence: tiny creeks for swimming, clusters of cabanons at the bottom of the valley, restaurant, small port... idyllic.

  • 6 Sugiton Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Sugiton F - 13000 Marseille

    This little creek with turquoise waters is nicely sheltered by the surrounding high walls and has thus been adopted by naturists. Beware of falling stones, which often cause accidents, and do not enter the caves.

  • 7 Basilique de Notre Dame de la Garde Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    rue du Fort-du-Sanctuaire F - 13006 Marseille

    Built by Henri Espérandieu in the mid-19C at the city's highest point (154m), the Romanesque-Byzantine basilica affords unrivalled views over the whole of Marseille. Note the many ex-votos placed here by sailors. On top of the 60m bell tower is the f..

  • 8 Château d'If Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Île-Frioul F - 13007 Marseille

    A fortress built on a 3ha rock, which owes its fame to the time when it was the prison where Alexandre Dumas' heroes were incarcerated. The tour includes video extracts of the misadventures of the Count of Monte Cristo, as shown on the cinema screens..

  • 9 Old Port Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Vieux Port F - 13001 Marseille

    It was a mere creek when the Phocaeans came ashore here and set in motion the history of Marseille. Although it no longer has a maritime role, the Vieux Port remains the place where all paths converge, where crowds gather for big events and the depar..

  • 10 Le Panier Neighbourhood Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Panier F - 13000 Marseille

    Presided over by the Vieille Charité, a maze of stairways and steep streets lined with tall brightly coloured houses: the area's Mediterranean atmosphere is reminiscent of Naples' old town, with influences from the Caribbean, Vietnam and the Comoros ..

  • 11 Ancienne Major Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    place de la Major F - 13000 Marseille

    Part of Marseille's former cathedral was knocked down to make way for its successor. All that remains of the Romanesque building is the chancel, the transept and a nave flanked by side aisles.

  • 12 Natural History Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Palais Longchamps (aile droite) F - 13233 Marseille

    400 million years of natural history are covered in this museum that showcases Provence's natural history (from palaeontology to zoology and botany). Children will love the Safari Room on the ground floor, where dozens of naturalised species presenti..

  • 13 Cathédrale de la Major Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Place de la Major F - 13002 Marseille

    Building of the cathedral began in 1852. Léon Vaudoyer designed the Romanesque-Byzantine layout, a style that was in fashion at the time; when he died, his pupil Henri Espérandieu took over.

  • 14 Musée Cantini Interesting

    Museums and art

    19 rue Grignan F - 13001 Marseille

    In a town house dating from the late 17C, this little modern art museum concentrates on works from the period 1900-1960, and particularly Fauvism, early Cubism, Expressionism and Abstraction. Here you can see Marquet, Derain, Dufy, Masson, Brauner, B..

  • 15 Basilica of St Victor Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Rue Sainte F - 13007 Marseille

    The 5C crypt constituted by the ancient abbey contains a series of antique, pagan and Christian sarcophagi. Next to it is the cave of St Victor and the entrance to the catacombs where St Lazarus and St Mary Magdalene are venerated, near the sarcophag..

  • 16 Les Goudes Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    promenade de la Plage F - 13008 Marseille

    An exceptional place promising a drastic change of scene and real authenticity: the small fishing port feels like it is at the end of the earth, and has myriad little creeks where you can go diving and swimming. Very popular with the locals in summer..

  • 17 Port antique de Marseille Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    9 rue Henri-Barbusse F - 13002 Marseille

    Some of the city's finest archaeological finds have been incorporated into Marseille's history museum (Musée d'Histoire de Marseille): fortifications of the Greek town, the quays of the ancient port and a 4C road into the town, as well as remains of ..

  • 18 Château et Parc Borély Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Parc Borély F - 13008 Marseille

    Vast areas of parkland and woodland to stroll about in, large lawns that are perfect for games, as well as a boating lake. Lovely botanical garden. The park also hosts major petanque competitions. Built in the 18C by a rich merchant family, the Borél..

  • 19 The Corniche Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corniche du Prés.-Kennedy F - 13007 Marseille

    The road is dominated by elegant late-19C villas. There are fine views of the coast and the islands from the Monument aux Morts de l'Armée d'Orient (army memorial). A viaduct runs across the picturesque vale of Auffes. You will see the disused Maregr..

  • 20 Musée des Docks Romains Interesting

    Museums and art

    10 place Vivaux F - 13002 Marseille

    Remains of the commercial warehouses for dolia (large earthenware jars), dating from the 1C and 3C. Other objects (amphoras, pottery, coins) illustrate the major role played by Marseille in Mediterranean maritime trade. A model helps you imagine how ..

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