A heritage day
Start your day on the ‘Vieux-Port’, at the bottom of the Canebière. Every morning the famous fish market is held there. Then take the direction of the City Hall along the quai du port. You will enjoy a magnificent view of the boats and in the background: the ‘Notre-Dame de la Garde’ basilica. You enter the oldest district of Marseille, le Panier. The first impressive “monument” you will see is the Hôtel Dieu, a former 18th century hospital now transformed into a luxury hotel. The route takes you to the square of Saint Laurent (and the church of the same name) which enjoys an exceptional panorama of the city of Marseille. Then, take the footbridge that leads you directly to the gardens of the Mucem : here, you can stroll at your ease along the many vegetated paths. And why not stop to eat your picnic or enjoy the terrace of the Môle Passedat ?
Take the opportunity to admire the architectural specificity of this monument: the concrete lace that surrounds the museum has become emblematic in Marseille. Go out of the Mucem by the J4 esplanade and head towards the Cathédrale de la Major in the Byzantine Roman style dating from the 19th century.
You will then find yourself in the Panier district. Going up the rue Four du Chapitre, then the rue Sainte-Françoise, you will quickly discover the charm of its small colored streets. If you have not eaten yet, it is also possible to stop in one of the many good gourmet addresses of the Panier. You must pass in front of the ‘Vieille Charité’ (Old Charity), classified as an historical monument: today it has become a museum, this 17th century architectural complex was once intended to shelter vagrants and orphans.
To end your journey in style, we advise you to take the bus 60 on the Old Port (or the Petit Train if you want to have explanatory comments as well!) to get to Notre-Dame de la Garde. Go up to the terminus and discover the symbol of Marseille, the “Good Mother” “Bonne Mère”. A 360° view is offered to you and allows you to appreciate and understand the extent of the city. If you want to see a beautiful sunset in Marseille, this is the ideal spot!