Where to go in October in France? Head for Marseille!

Would you like to go on holiday in October, but haven’t yet decided on a destination? Whether for a weekend, a week or longer, Marseille welcomes you for a expanding trip to the sun, sea and city. Discovering the Phocaean city means experiencing an unforgettable stay on the shores of the Mediterranean whether you’re traveling as a family, a couple or with friends.

A Provençal city with a rich culture

Must-see historic monuments

Notre-Dame de la Garde, also known as Bonne Mère, is a basilica rising to 154 meters, offering panoramic views over Marseille. An emblematic figure of the Phocaean city, she watches over fishermen, sailors and the entire population of Marseille. With its architectural beauty, it is the most visited monument in Marseille. You can reach it by tourist train, by bus (N°60) or on foot, for the more adventurous.

A Marseille landmark since the 19th century, the Palais Longchamp houses the Fine-Arts museum, one of Marseille’s oldest museums, and the Natural History Museum. Originally built to bring water from the Durance into the city, this monument remains a true architectural feat.

A religious, cultural and symbolic monument in equal measure, the Saint-Victor abbey is a vestige of Marseille’s history located just a stone’s throw from the Old Port. A visit to this edifice and its crypts immerses you in the city’s religious past. You can also enjoy an unobstructed view of the Vieux-Portof Marseille. No doubt the abbey will satisfy culture lovers!

For François Ier, the Château d’If had to fulfill a triple function: protect the coasts from invasion, cover the exits and anchorage of the royal galley fleet, and keep an eye on Marseille. A former state prison for three centuries, this fortress built on an island is accessible via a maritime shuttle and attracts many visitors every year.

A diversity of museums

Inaugurated in 2013 by President François Hollande, the Mucem – Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée – is located facing the sea in an original building designed by Rudy Ricciotti. The first major national museum dedicated to the Mediterranean, it is a place of exchange where history, archaeology, anthropology, art history and contemporary art mingle. Since its opening, the museum has attracted many curious visitors thanks to its permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Created in 1819, the Natural History Museum of Marseille presents an impressive showcase of naturalistand heritage curiosities. At the crossroads of the natural spaces of Europe and the Mediterranean, this museum relies on the most advanced technologies to offer you a museographic journey that plunges you thousands of years back in time.

The Cantini museum invites you to discover the works of contemporary artists such as André Derain, Charles Camoin, Dufy, Fernand Léger and Le Corbusier.

Discover all the museums in Marseille

Bustling, authentic neighborhoods

Assuredly the neighborhood you think of when you think of Marseille, the Vieux-Port district allows tourists to admire the etals of freshly caught fish merchants every morning. You can even rest for a few minutes under the shade designed by Norman Foster. Opposite the Vieux-Port is the Canebière, Marseille’s most emblematic pedestrian avenue. It has been returned to pedestrians since the return of the tramway to the heart of the city.

Composed of narrow, colorful streets, the Panier district is the oldest neighborhood in the Phocaean city. To discover it, you’ll need to be ready to climb its staircases! It’s the perfect place to wander, shop in artisan boutiques or simply drink a coffee. This colorful neighborhood was made famous by the TV series Plus belle la vie, which drew inspiration from it to build the fictional quartier du Mistral.

If you want to discover Marseille’s liveliest and trendiest neighborhood, head to cours Julien! It’s an atypical place where street art culture is widely disseminated. Bars, restaurants, boutiques and musicians enliven this Marseille neighborhood easily visited on foot. Why not sample one of the Marseillaise culinary specialties?

A tourist destination between land and sea

The Calanques National Park

Located in the heart of the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis, the Calanques National Park is the only peri-urban park in Europe that combines both land and sea. This natural monument includes coastal massifs dissected by calanques as well as a vast marine area. Several islands make up the park, both refuges of biodiversity and bearers of patrimonialresors. The park boasts no fewer than 140 protected terrestrial animal and plant species and 60 marine heritage species.

You can venture there on a hike, for rock climbing or for a stroll in the sea. There’s no doubt that the Calanques will appeal to all lovers of nature and outdoor sports.

La Côte Bleue

North of Marseille lies the Côte bleue, stretching as far as Martigues. Made up of small ports,beaches and criques, this seafront offers a panel of activities for tourists: swimming, scuba diving, water sports and walks on marked trails. It’s sure to please parents and children alike!

Les collines de Pagnol

Stretching from Marseille to Aubagne, the hills popularized by Marcel Pagnol’s works are dominated by the rocky mass of Garlaban. Hiking enthusiasts will be delighted by the many valleys that make up the hills. From the Col d’Aubignane, it will take you around a quarter of an hour to discover all the emblematic places described in Marcel Pagnol’s childhood memories.

Why go to Marseille in October?

There’s no need to go to another country like Spain or Greece for your autumn trip! France’s second-largest city stands out as one of the richest destinations par excellence. Between its historic monuments, the richness of its culture, its gastronomy and its landscapes worthy of postcard photos, Marseille has everything to please on a trip with family, couple or friends. Just like spring, the autumn season is perfect for your stay in the Phocaean city.

Taking a trip to Marseille in October will allow you to enjoy a mild climate, around 20°C. These are very mild temperatures at the dawn of autumn. If you head to the beach, you’ll even have the opportunity to bath. Due to the departure of summer tourists, October is the ideal time to travel and discover all the region’s riches while being neither too hot nor too cold. By leaving in October close to All Saints’ Day, you can even take advantage of attractive prices on your accommodation (hotel, residence, rental apartment…) and transport (plane, train) reservations.

So that Marseille no longer holds any secrets for you, prepare your trip thanks to the Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Marseille!