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Guided tour of the Endoume district

Set off to discover Endoume, a district well known to locals and holidaymakers alike. It’s home to the famous Vallon des Auffes, the Corniche Kennedy and the tide gauge. But there’s much more to Endoume than that, as your guide (and local resident) will take you to discover other, more hidden corners.

Published on 30 March 2023
Mélanie Trible
  • Marseille in 3 words

    Surprising, warm, radiant.

  • My favourite neighbourhood

    Endoume, an ideal district to stroll around all year round and to have a swim and cool off in summer.

Meet in front of Abbaye Saint-Victor

Our meeting point is just a stone’s throw from the Vieux-Port. I took the opportunity to grab a delicious navette from Le Four des Navettes before we started (it’s on the way, so I couldn’t resist!).

Our guide Benjamin is waiting for us just outside Saint-Victor Abbey. Today, 8 of us are motivated to discover ‘Marseille autrement'(Marseille in a different way). We were very curious when Benjamin explained what Marseille was like in the past. He even pulls out several maps from different periods so that we can see everything he’s explaining. It’s great because we get a great view of the city, so we can really understand how it has evolved.

Benjamin took the opportunity to explain the legend of Saint Victor, a Roman legionary who became bishop of Marseille (the man behind the Abbey, as you may have guessed).
We don’t go inside the Abbey (I know I’ll have to come back and visit this vestige of Marseille’s history), but Benjamin takes the time to explain some of its architecture and the buildings that surround it, always with maps to make everything more realistic!

Strolling through the streets and alleys

Our stroll is punctuated by many anecdotes and stories. Benjamin knows his neighbourhood inside out!
There’s always a touch of history in his account, and we discover what’s left of Marseille’s ancient ramparts.
The reproductions and photos help us realise just how steeped in history the district is. The Pianna ironworks, the old printing works, the Bompard theatre… he shows us it all!

After climbing a few steps (and taking a few breaks, of course) we arrived in the heart of the 7th arrondissement. Silence surrounds us, and if you close your eyes you’ll think you’re somewhere else. Only the cries of the gabians remind us that we’re in Marseille.
After a few minutes of effort, we discovered some beautiful, peaceful houses, and Benjamin told us that we were heading towards the sea, on rue Samatan.

Ending on a high note in the Vallon des Auffes

As we turned down an alleyway we came to a magnificent viewpoint over the bay of Marseille, and we were all delighted. Jackpot! We arrived just as the sun was setting, and the view was breathtaking: Château d’If, Frioul

After a few souvenir photos, Benjamin shows us his favourite way down to the Vallon des Auffes, where the narrow streets are full of flowers and the colours at the end of the day make for a magical moment.

And that’s it! We’ve arrived in the picturesque little port that is the Vallon des Auffes!
The colours are magnificent and we’re lucky enough to be almost alone (well, the only visitors! as the others seem to be locals).

Benjamin tells us all he knows about this friendly little port, with its lively restaurants: Chez Fonfon, Jeannot’s pizzeria, l’Epuisette… there’s no shortage of choice and it’s making us very hungry!
We discovered the Vallon des Auffes swimming pool, which nobody swims in, but we can only imagine how much fun it must be when the sea temperatures rise!

The tour is already over, and our guide accompanies us all the way and shows us how to get back up from this little paradise that seems cut off from the world yet is so close to the city centre.
I took the opportunity to walk along the Corniche Kennedy towards the Vieux-Port (although this was not included in the tour!).