Office de tourisme et des congrès


2600 years of tradition

Marseille is true to its traditions ans love of merrymaking

Over the centuries Marseille has preserved its traditiions and unique lifestyle.

Marseille invites you to take a walk down the legendary Canebière, to stroll around the Old Harbour with its fish market and take a ride on the famous ferry-boat.

As the capital of soap-making and the home of the world-famous santons (Christmas crib figures representing well-known figures in Provencal life).
Marseille holds festivals all year round, such as the boat-shaped biscuits known as navettes eaten at Candlemas, the Carnival, waterjousting at l'Estaque, the Kite-flying Festival and the Santon fair.

Real lovers of popular tradition will be enthralled by the Musée du Terroir Marseillais de Château-Gombert (Marseille Museum of Folk Culture) at Château-Gombert.