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La Calade district

A district in the north of Marseille, La Calade includes the Cité Consolat, one of Marseille’s largest urban housing estates, alongside Cité de la Viste and Cité des Aygalades. With its strategic location, the estate enjoys an uninterrupted view over Marseille harbour. Discover the sporting activities and addresses not to be missed in La Calade, a popular but no less interesting district of the city.

A district of the 15th arrondissement

Located in the 15th arrondissement, the Calade district of Marseille lies to the east of the Grand Port Maritime, on Cap Janet. The origin of its name comes from the Occitan word calada, meaning “descent”.

The lycée Nord de Marseille (also known as the lycée Saint-Exupéry), the lycée des métiers de la beauté, de la mode et de la relation client and the école de la deuxième chance are all located in La Calade. For the record, the Marseilles rapper Soprano studied at the lycée Nord de Marseille during his teenage years.

The Consolat housing estate

Located in the Calade district, Cité Consolat is one of Marseille’s largest urban housing estates, alongside Cité de la Viste and Cité des Aygalades. It was built in the 1960s in the heart of a district created in the 19th century. The Cité Consolat has a privileged location: between two major motorways, close to port activities and opposite the harbour. Freight trains run along the edge of the estate on the SNCF double-track line, which was specially designed for this type of journey.

During Marseille’s industrial boom in the 19th century, this working-class district attracted skilled workers to the oil mills that supplied the raw materials for the city’s famous soaps, as well as to sugar and sulphur processing plants.

Today, the Cité Consolat is home to the Groupe Sportif Consolat, a football club founded in 1964 by local residents, and renamed Athlético Marseille in 2018 to represent Marseille. From 1984 to 2018, Jean-Luc Mingallon presided over the club, which had the opportunity to move up to the National League in 2014.

What can you do in Marseille’s Calade district?

Sporting activities

If you’re a sports fan, the Calade district of Marseille could be just what you’re looking for. Petanque, football, rugby or tennis, which activity do you prefer?

Do you shoot or point? Enjoy yourself on the Jeu de boules du Littoral pitch in the heart of La Calade. What would the south of France be without its legendary pétanque? With family, friends or colleagues, take advantage of the petanque courts at your disposal. It’s your turn to play!

Are you a football fan? The matches organised by the Marseille-Consolat club are sure to entertain you on competition days. The sports group is committed to the federal educational programme, which teaches youngsters aged 6 to 18 the values inherent in football: fun, respect, commitment, tolerance and solidarity.

Rugby fans can head to the Stade Louis Camelio on the chemin de la Madrague-Ville. More of a racket sport fan? In the same place, the Tennis Club Nord welcomes you to its 2,000m2 sports facility.