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5 good reasons to come to Marseille

Marseille is one of France’s oldest and most popular tourist destinations. Every year, it attracts many visitors for its rich historical and natural heritage. Under the southern sun, the Phocaean city with its authentic charm and legendary gentle way of life reveals itself. From cultural visits to culinary tastings and idleness, there’s something for everyone!

1/ For its authenticity

Enjoy Marseille’s picturesque charm as you stroll through the cobbled streets of the Panier district, in the city’s 2nd borough. The colorful facades and flower-filled balconies invite you to take a stroll and discover the city. You can sit down on a restaurant terrace to sample one of Marseille’s specialties and traditional local recipes: bouillabaisse, pistou soup, navettes, supions, panisses… Enjoy the lilting accent of the Marseillais and the warm atmosphere. As you continue your stroll through the streets of central Marseille, you can stop off at the boutiques and discover local artisans and creators.

2/ For its hipness

Marseille is also a modern, youthful city, brimming with good places to spend a convivial, festive moment by the sea, on the Corniche Kennedy for example, or from the top of a rooftop overlooking the sea or the Bonne Mère. The city also organizes and hosts numerous events and festivals where you can meet up: Delta Festival, matches at the Orange Vélodrome Stadium… If you’re artistically inclined, you’ll appreciate heading to the Plaine and Cours Julien districts, in the 1st and 6th boroughs, veritable artists’ haunts with their colorful graffiti walls.

3/ For its natural heritage

A true paradise, the Calanques National Park of Marseille and Cassis in the Bouches-du-Rhône is an almost obligatory stopover when you come to Marseille. Turquoise-blue water, typical flora and fauna, breathtaking views… whether you get there by land or by sea in a boat or canoe, you’re sure to be blown away by the scenery. This exceptional natural area offers intimate coves: Calanque of Sormiou, Calanque of Callelongue, Calanque of Morgiou, Calanque of Marseilleveyre, Calanque of Sugiton

4/ For its cultural heritage

5/ For its geographical location and climate

When you come to Marseille, you can take advantage of its particularly mild climate all year round. You can easily organize your stay in Marseille in mid-season in September or even October thanks to the pleasant temperatures. Mild winters ensure that you’ll enjoy a sunny January vacation in Marseille.

As the crossroads of Provence in the South of France – Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region, Marseille is also appreciated for its privileged geographical location. You can quickly and easily reach Aix-en-Provence, Avignon or Arles from the Luberon or Camargue regions, or the Côte d’Azur from Toulon or Nice, unless you prefer to head for the Alpes de Haute Provence towards Manosque or Sisteron.

Organizing your stay in Marseille

When to go to Marseille?

Are you wondering when to go to Marseille? Thanks to its pleasant year-round climate, you can easily plan your trip to Marseille. The ideal being to come in mid-season to enjoy mild temperatures and a little more peace and quiet to visit the city and carry out outdoor activities. In summer, you’re likely to be hot and you’re not alone, but it’s also a popular season in Marseille for its wide range of leisure activities on offer and to take full advantage of the pleasures of the sea. Those who don’t mind the Mistral (a cold, powerful wind) will come in winter to see the city in a different light.

Stay ideas in Marseille

Marseille is a popular destination in France for a weekend or longer vacation. Are you looking for stay ideas in Marseille? The Phocaean city is the ideal setting for a sunny getaway for two, family or friends. Whether you’re planning an EVJF, an EVG, a city break, a nature getaway or a 3 or 4-day getaway, you’ll love Marseille! Contact our groups department for a tailor-made stay!