Office de tourisme et des congrès

Marseille, Environment and Sustainable Development

Water management

For a number of years the city of Marseille has implemented an ambitious and avant-garde policy for sustainable water management. As a result the city's water is considered to be "the best water in France". Since 1996, Marseille has been the headquarters of the World Water Council and has been chosen to organise the World Water Forum in 2012, a gathering of more than 10,000 experts.
The Harbour Management Plan was set up in 2006 to enhance and preserve the waters of Marseille's harbour with various schemes:
• The Islands of Frioul 800 hectare maritime park, a Natura 2000 site.
• The planting of artificial reefs.
• The installation of ecological anchoring and the maritime buoyage plan.


The Calanques National Park

The Calanques National Park has been created in May 2012 and it is Europe’s largest National Park encompassing sea, land and peri-urban areas. Thanks to this classification the 5000 hectare massif benefits from added protection

Marseille's beach waters are subject to laboratory analysis more than 500 times throughout the summer season, in order to detect harmful bacteria. Awareness campaigns will be carried out amongst swimmers and boating enthusiasts, with the renewal of the "blue patrol" each year, in order to promote environmentally friendly behaviour.



Bikes – tramway
More than 1000 bikes were installed in over 130 rental stations in 2007 at the same time as the launch of the tramway service. The exceptional climate allows Marseille's inhabitants and tourists to move around the city whilst helping to protect the environment.

The electro-solar ferryboat
Brand new and more eco-friendly! The César’s little brother crosses the Vieux-Port from the City Hall to Place aux Huiles.

electrics scooters rental.
A new service offer to the tourist from the last summer, to visit Marseille with respect to the environment.

The Green Calanques
A new solar boat to discover the Calanques.

The Helios
This boat was launched in 2012 and is equipped with electric motors, batteries and solar cell panels.

Twenty One Jump is a new business that lets you explore Marseille at the helm of a Segway. A Segway is a two-wheel self-balancing scooter, 100% electric, eco-friendly, entertaining and fun.

Visit the secret little places known only to locals by electric bike. See breathtaking views and local residents’ best-loved spots, with local guides providing a commentary at each stop.