Even in the middle of August ...

Visit Marseille in a quiet place

it's possible!

Marseille is full of emblematic and unmissable places such as the famous Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Old Port, the national park of Calanques or the legendary Orange Velodrome stadium … but far from the hustle and bustle of those popular spots, some quieter and less crowded places in this summer period are real havens of peace!
Let yourself be guided by these few suggestions of visits and discover Marseille in a different way.

Published on 17 August 2020

Enjoy a boat trip

At sunset

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.

 

 

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