Attractions & Activities in Marseille

The Old Port

The old port of Marseille is protected by two redundant fortresses and is surrounded by small streets lined up with seafood restaurants and shops. Fishermen in rough cloths are repairing their nets at the port, while the bay is filled with fishing boats and yachts. You can walk the the wide quays and arcades and enjoy the many terrace cafes and restaurants. The Quay des Belges, at the end of the port, hosts a daily early morning fish market. Taste a delicious authentic Marseillaise fish-soup in one of the certified Bouillabaisse restaurants!

Dominating the Old Port, perched on a hill, lies the impressive basilica de Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. The silhouette of the church is inseparable from the skyline of Marseille. The charm of the Basilica lies in the combination of styles: Roman and Byzantine with multicolored stone, gold and mosaic. The hill on which the basilica is situated has been an observation post for centuries and offers magnificent views over the city.

Castle of If

The Castle of If was built in 1524 on a small island. To visit you have to take a boat to reach the island located 2 km (1.5 miles) from the Old Port. In the 17th century the castle became a state prison made famous from the novel of The Count of Monte Cristo. The castle boats three towers and a drawbridge.

Stadium Velodrome

The stadium is the home of Olympique Marseille, the local soccer team. The former champions of Europe are the most titled and biggest soccer team in France. Try to get tickets for the match to experience the incredible atmosphere in this huge stadium.

The Calanques

Spectacular panoramas, unforgettable landscape and a blue turquoise sea make this magic place a dream experience. East of Marseille, 20 km (12 miles) of gorgeous coastline and the magnificent white cliffs rising from the sea make the Calanques to the ideal hiking and rock climbing location. Surrounded by the delicious smell of sage, juniper and myrtle you can hike for hours and explore the deep creeks and rocky cliffs between Marseille and Cassis.