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  • 1 Théâtre de la Criée

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    16 quai de Rive-Neuve F - 13007 Marseille

    This theatre alongside the Old Port (where fish used to be auctioned) became famous with Marcel Maréchal, the first to have directed this national stage (1981-1994); Macha Makeïeff has been at the helm since 2011.

  • 2 Alcazar

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours Belzunce F - 13000 Marseille

    Maurice Chevalier and Mistinguett, Tino Rossi, Raimu and Fernandel, Yves Montand (who debuted here) and Johnny Hallyday faced the boisterous Marseille public at this venue before it closed down in 1964. All that remains of this mythical stage now is ..

  • 3 Cours Julien

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours Julien F - 13000 Marseille

    A pleasant garden has been added to the centre of this thoroughfare lined with fashion boutiques, galleries, theatres (Espace Julien, Chocolat Théâtre) and café terraces. Rue de Bussy l'Indien, Rue Pastoret and Rue Vian all have a nice alternative fe..

  • 4 Rue Longue des Capucins

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Longue-des-Capucins F - 13000 Marseille

    The aromas of spices and freshly roasted coffee, olives cassées and Picholine olives, anchovies, herbs and spices, dried fruits and curios all vie for attention on the stalls lining this narrow street assailed in the morning by the crowds, who someti..

  • 5 Promenade de la Plage

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    prom. de la Plage F - 13000 Marseille

    The promenade carries on from the Corniche, alongside the Gaston Defferre beaches, which boast pools and man-made beaches lined with lawns. After the David (a replica of Michelangelo's statue) overlooking the end of the avenue du Prado, is the popula..

  • 6 Joliette Docks

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Joliette F - 13000 Marseille

    Built over the period 1858 to 1863 based on the model of England's docks, this immense row of warehouses almost 400m long incarnates Marseille's economic heyday. As well as various port-related services, the docks, rehabilitated by architect Éric Cas..

  • 7 Dôme

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    48 av. de St-Just F - 13000 Marseille

    Marseille did not have a venue to host large concerts and other shows for the general public. Since 1994 this massive, greyish building resembling a flying saucer has been doing the job, thanks to its 8 500-capacity concert hall.

  • 8 Cathédrale de la Major

    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.

  • 9 Palais de la Bourse - Maritime Museum

    Museums and art

    La Canebière F - 13221 Marseille

    In Marseille's Musée de la Marine et de l'Économie, layouts and models of sailships and steamships, watercolours and paintings illustrate the city's maritime history.

  • 10 Les Goudes

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    prom. 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..

  • 11 Place du Marché des Capucins

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Marché-des-Capucins F - 13000 Marseille

    Every day a fruit and vegetable market is held here, defying all competition. In the Noailles metro station opposite, a handful of models illustrate the history of the Marseille metro. The atmosphere in the narrow Rue Longue-des-Capucins lies between..

  • 12 Rue St Ferréol

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. St-Ferréol F - 13000 Marseille

    This road leading from La Canebière to the Prefecture is a hub of clothes shops, fast-food restaurants, ice cream sellers and department stores.

  • 13 Le Pharo Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. Pasteur F - 13000 Marseille

    The Palais du Pharo was built for Napoleon III, although he never came here. There is a great view of the Old Port from the terrace. A huge auditorium, dug out from the park, hosts conferences and concerts. A popular spot with locals.

  • 14 Port de Marseille

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai du Port F - 13000 Marseille

    In 1844, when the Old Port was no longer sufficient, the Bassin de la Joliette was built. Since then, the Bassin du Lazaret and Bassin d' Arenc and northward extension have followed. The reconversion, geared towards oil and chemistry, led to the tran..

  • 15 Îles du Frioul Islands

    Nature and gardens

    Îles du Frioul F - 13000 Marseille

    As well as If, made famous by Alexandre Dumas, the Frioul archipelago has two other islands linked by a dike: Ratonneau and Pomègues. Pathways lead you to some pretty inlets, such as the Calanque Saint-Estève with its fine sand and pebble beach. Take..

  • 16 L'Estaque

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    L'Estaque F - 13000 Marseille

    "Red roofs against the blue sea" is how Cézanne described L'Estaque. A number of painters followed the master here: Renoir, Braque, Dufy, Marquet, Othon Friesz... Nowadays a few fish restaurants and stalls selling "chichis frègis"..

  • 17 Callelongue

    Nature and gardens

    prom. du Grand-Large F - 13000 Marseille

    In a gorgeous location, this tiny calanque - or creek - is home to a few chalets, a restaurant and a flotilla of boats. There is no beach.

  • 18 La Canebière

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    La Canebière F - 13001 Marseille

    Now a public transport hub, this avenue had its real heyday in the 1930s. Several plans to rehabilitate it have led to its renaissance, albeit in the vein of fast food restaurants and discount shops rather than luxury hotels. But it remains the emble..

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