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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 rocky limestone landscape is dazzling white and culminates in the 565m-high Mt Puget. Its outstanding charm can be ascribed to the creeks deeply chiseled into its coast..

  • 2 MuCEM (Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 espl. du J 4 F - 13002 MARSEILLE

    Located at the entrance to the Vieux Port, the MuCEM features a contemporary building designed by Rudy Riciotti (a dark cube overlaid with concretelacework built on theformer "J4" pier) and the historic Fort St Jean(restored ramparts and wa..

  • 3 Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 r. 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 East Cyprus, Greece and Magna Græcia, Etruria and Rome, as well as Celto-Liguria..

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

    Museums and art

    2 r. 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..

  • 5 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.

  • 6 Centre de la Vieille Charité Hospice Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 r. 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..

  • 7 Basilique de Notre Dame de la Garde Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Col.-Édon F - 13006 Marseille

    Built by Espérandieu in the mid-19C at the city's highest point (162m), the Romanesque-Byzantine style basilica affords an unrivalled panorama over the whole of Marseille. Note the many commemorative plaques placed here by sailors. On top of the 60m ..

  • 8 The Corniche Recommended Recommended

    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..

  • 9 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.

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Musée d'Histoire de Marseille Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 r. Henri-Barbusse F - 13001 Marseille

    Archaeological exhibits, reconstructions and documents depict the city of the Phocaeans, the Celto-Ligurian civilisation, the economy and trade in Gallo-Roman times. You will see the amazing shipwreck of a 3C Roman merchant vessel, preserved by lyoph..

  • 13 Ancienne Major Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. 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.

  • 14 Natural History Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    1 Palais Longchamps F - 13233 Marseille

    400 million years of natural history are covered in circuit with principal emphasis on Provençal flora and fauna, not forgetting the permanent exhibition on the «running waters of the River Verdon to the Calanques (creeks), presented in the aquariums..

  • 15 Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) Interesting

    Museums and art

    69 av. d'Haïfa F - 13002 Marseille

    Structured movements such as Arte Povera, New Realism or Supports/Surfaces and the eclecticism of the Eighties: compressions and extensions by César, compositions by Richard Baquié or Daniel Burren, works by Martial Raysse, Arman, Tinguely, Yves Lein..

  • 16 Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Michelet F - 13000 Marseille

    The Cité Radieuse (also known as "Maison du Fada") was Le Corbusier's first "living unit" and is the most remarkable post-war building in the city. It stands on boulevard Michelet.

  • 17 Musée Cantini Interesting

    Museums and art

    19 r. Grignan F - 13001 Marseille

    This contemporary art museum rotates exhibitions from its collections: Cubism, Fauvism, Surrealism or New Realism. Works by Marquet (The Old Port), Derain, Dufy ( Factory in Estaque), the Surrealists with Masson, Victor Brauner, seven drawings by Mar..

  • 18 Basilica of St Victor Interesting

    Religious buildings

    3 Rue de l'Abbaye 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..

  • 19 Jardin des Vestiges Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    9 r. Henri-Barbusse F - 13002 Marseille

    You can see the fortifications of the Greek town, the quays of the Ancient port and a 4C city road into the town, as well as remains of the pink limestone Roman ramparts.

  • 20 Château et Parc Borély Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parc Borély F - 13008 Marseille

    A huge space with wooded area, large lawns for perfect for games, as well as a boating lake and a lovely botanical garden. The park also hosts major petanque competitions. The château was built in the 18C by rich merchants, the Borélys, and is to hou..

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