Enjoy a boat trip
Leave far from the hustle and bustle of the city, off the coast, in the harbour of Marseille as it takes on its warm colours. You’ll be surprised by the changing panorama turning into a postcard setting. Hop aboard a typical boat where the atmosphere will be one of relaxation and contemplation. You will set sail for the Frioul islands, enjoy an aperitif while appreciating the last rays of sunshine. Click here to find out more.
10 unusual daymarks* from the Marseille coast
Take on half a day to discover 10 unusual daymarks of the Marseille coast on board a traditional sailing boat. A soft mix between curiosity and relaxation, without forgetting of course a short swimming break to get refreshed! Click here to find out more.
* A daymark is a fixed and identifiable landmark used for maritime navigation.
Visit the district of La Treille, a village dear to Marcel Pagnol’s heart
Close to the towns of Allauch and Aubagne, La Treille is one of the eastern burroughs of Marseille. Authentic Provencal village as are some other districts in Marseille such as Château-Gombert for example, locals have been careful to mantain its traditionnal way of leaving
This “village” very dear to Marcel Pagnol, has remained the same through times: a quiet, authentic and peaceful one. The “Bastide Neuve” home where Pagnol and his family used to spend the vacations is located at the top end. If you plan to walk in the Garlaban hills in the footsteps of little Marcel and his friend Lili, you can’t miss it! To get a incredible view over Marseille, organize your walk in the evening! You will be amazed !
Marcel Pagnol and his family are buried in La Treille cemetery, at the very entrance of the village.
If you want to know more about this typical district of Provence, book your guided tour.
Visit the museums of Marseille
To get a nice and cool visit when the Mediterranean temperatures are too high, push the doors open: from big hitters to quirkier specialist museums you’ll see there’s one to suit every interest and many of them are free to visit – take your pick, then use your Marseille map to work out how to get there and which one to visit next. Some of them are settled in 17th century heritage buildings or of recent architecture. Most of them are located in the center of Marseille or quickly accessible by public transportation. Find here all the museums of the city.
Take a stroll in the alleys of l’Estaque district
On one end of the city you will find the famous Goudes district, gateway to the National Park of Calanques and quite crowdy in summer. On the other end, at the extreme north of the city, is l’Estaque! A typical fishermen’s district, a real treasury sheltered from the mistral wind by La Nerthe massif.
The 19th c. church on top of a little square is the very heart of the village. From there, the panoramic view of the bay of Marseille and its harbor has been main subject of inspiration for Cezanne and the 20th c. modern painting mouvements (Fauvism and Cubism). The village is also a starting point to hike along La Côte bleue seafront and calanques.
A stroll along the narrow streets of l’Estaque you will lead to taste the inevitable « chichi fregi » (local churros) or the famous panisses (fried chickpea flour) for your aperitif !
To get to l’Estaque take bus 35s from La Joliette square or get on board the shuttle boats from the Old Port.
Enjoy the freshness of Marseille parks and gardens
Encircled both by mountain ranges and the sea, the city of Marseille profits on an outstanding location. Natural borders and crowning hills have had a major influence on the site and original landscapes. Half of the territory is covered by natural areas of parks and public gardens. Be sure to easily find a cool spot to spend the day in the greenery ! Under a hundred-year-old tree in the Parc Borely, at the far end of Parc Pastré or in the Parc des 7 collines in the Château de la Buzine, find our selection of Parks & Gardens to enjoy few hours of quietness.