Discovering Marseille in June in the sun: cultural visits
Must-see places between history, culture and heritage
Overlooking the city of Marseille, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde welcomes nearly 2 million visitors every year. According to tradition, this Roman-Byzantine-style basilica watches over sailors, fishermen and the entire population of Marseilles. Nicknamed the Bonne Mère, it can be reached on foot, by car or by taking the little tourist train departing from the Vieux-Port.
After visiting this religious monument in Marseille, head for the Mucem, the first major national museum dedicated to the Mediterranean. Here you’ll see permanent and temporary exhibitions on a variety of themes (history, anthropology, archaeology, art history and contemporary art). Architecture designed by Rudy Ricciotti, this Marseille museum is a true cultural city open to the open sea. Integrated into the Mucem, the fort Saint-Jean can be discovered in the sunshine of the Phocaean city. A merry maze, it is open to all who wish to wander its open gardens and discover its mysterious secrets.
Accessible via a maritime shuttle from the Old Port, the château d’If can be visited in the Mediterranean sunshine. A former state prison, this fortress captivates millions of visitors every year. It was made famous by Alexandre Dumas in his work Le Comte de Monte-Cristo in which the hero is imprisoned within this feudal building.
Another must-see Marseille landmark to visit on a sunny day: the palais Longchamp. Originally built to welcome the waters of the Durance into the city, this water tower comprises several entities: the Fine-Arts Museum of Marseille (in the left wing), the Natural History Museum of Marseille (in the right wing), a public garden and a park with observatory (at the rear). A true hymn to water, this palace is a must-see if you’re traveling to the Phocaean city in June.