Where to go on vacation in France? In Marseille, of course!

Would you like to take a break for a few days, a week or more, but don’t know where to go in France? Marseille welcomes you for a change of scenery and a vacation between sea, city and sun. When you choose to go to Marseille, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable experience between Provence and the Mediterranean!

A tourist destination combining culture and authenticity

Are you looking for an urban tourist destination in France that combines authenticity and culture? Marseille, a cosmopolitan city open to the Mediterranean, invites you on a journey to the confluence of the European and African worlds. Museums, festivals, art galleries, designer neighborhoods, each discovery introduces you to a new facet of Marseille’s plural, whimsical, warm and often exuberant identity.

Museums for everyone

The first museum dedicated to the different cultures of the Mediterranean, the Mucem has been attracting visitors from France, Europe and around the world since its inauguration in 2013. Taking its place facing the sea, in a bold building designed by Rudy Ricciotti, the Mucem has also taken possession of Fort Saint-Jean, a historic citadel whose walls date back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. A place of culture, the museum captivates visitors with its permanent and temporary exhibitions. A place to live, with its promenades, terraces offering spectacular views and restaurants, Mucem offers a unique view of the city. Opposite the Mucem, step back in time and discover a treasure of our heritage, the replica of the Cosquer Cave.

The Museum of the History of Marseille and the Ancient Port, completely renovated, invites you to discover all the riches of France’s oldest city. Relying on the latest technologies, the museographic tour takes you on a journey through time spanning more than 2,600 years. From Massalia the Greek to Massilia the Latin, to the contemporary city of Marseille, you’ll experience an epic that spans several millennia. You can also complete your journey through the centuries with a visit to the Musée d’Archéologie Méditerranéenne (MAM), housed in the historic buildings of the Vieille Charité.

Musée Cantini, meanwhile, invites you to admire works by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. André Derain, Charles Camoin, Dufy, Albert Gleizes, Fernand Léger and Le Corbusier are all represented.

Wondering where to go in France for a cultural getaway? Modern Arts, Fine Arts, Decorative Arts, Natural History, discover all Marseille museums!

Must-see tourist monuments

Are you looking for a destination to go to in France that’s home to many remarkable buildings? Constantly inhabited, Marseille hasn’t preserved many vestiges of its ancient past. But many monuments bear witness to its particularly long history.

Notre-Dame de la Garde built atop a hill south of the Vieux-Port, dominates the entire city. Built on the foundations of an ancient fort, some of whose ramparts remain, the neo-Byzantine basilica features remarkable mosaics and numerous ex-votos. Above all, it embodies the spirit of the city, and Marseillais continue to place their joys and sorrows in the hands of the “Good Mother”.
The If castle, built on an island during the reign of François I in the 16th century, and remodeled by Vauban in the early 18th century, was transformed into a prison for several centuries. Accessible by sea shuttle, this monument attracts many visitors every year.
The Palais Longchamp, erected in the 19th century, is actually a water tower designed to accommodate the waters of the Durance, brought to Marseille via a network of canals and aqueducts. The monumental architectural complex houses two museums in its wings: the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle.
The Saint-Victor Abbey, with its castle-like appearance, boasts unique Palaeochristian crypts, where numerous sculpted sarcophagi lie. A must-see destination for lovers of culture and history!

Colorful, authentic neighborhoods

Are you looking for an urban destination and don’t know where to go in France? With its 111 official districts, Marseille has many faces and guarantees plenty of surprises.

The Panier district, the historic center of the Phocaean city, invites you to stroll through its narrow streets and squares, where cafés and artisan boutiques await you. Popular and colorful, the Panier inspired the fictional Mistral district, the setting for the TV series Plus Belle la Vie.
Le cours Julien is now one of the city’s liveliest and trendiest neighborhoods. Its bars and cafés, its boutiques, its musicians and craftsmen, its façades that serve as canvases for street-art artists make the “Cours Ju” an atypical place, which is also easily visited on foot.
The Canebière, returned to pedestrians since the return of the tramway to the heart of the city, is certainly Marseille’s most emblematic avenue. From the Eglise des Réformés, you can walk down the Canebière to the Vieux-Port, and rest for a few minutes under the shade designed by Norman Foster.
Modern urban areas or preserved village hearts in the heart of France’s second-largest city, discover Marseille’s 111 neighborhoods, meeting the city’s many facets!

Festivals, exhibitions and events

Marseille’s intense cultural life can also be discovered all year round, through the festivals, exhibitions and events organized throughout the year.

Marsatac gives fans of hip-hop, electro, rock and more recently African music a rendezvous every year in late spring.
Marseille Jazz des Cinq Continents takes over the Phocaean city every summer, bringing it to life for several days to the rhythm of jazz.
La Fiesta des Suds gets world music fans fired up every autumn, taking them on a journey to the countries of Latin America, Africa and Southern Europe.

Summer Festival, Freestyle Cup, Delta, Festival de Marseille, Acontraluz, Festival des Mots des Étoiles … Discover Marseille’s music festivals and cultural gatherings!

A nature destination between sea, calanques and hills

Don’t know where to go in France, and hesitating between city and countryside? France’s second-largest city also stands out as a nature destination par excellence.

The Calanques National Park

South of the city, between Marseille and Cassis awaits a spectacular coastline, with a succession of creeks and white limestone cliffs with vertiginous peaks. Created in 2012, the Calanques National Park preserves these remarkable landscapes and ecosystems.
Hiking, mountain biking on authorized paths, sea walks, the Calanques offer outdoor sports enthusiasts a playground unique in the world.

The Côte Bleue (‘Blue Cost’)

Just outside Marseille, further north, the Côte Bleue is home to secret little coves, popular beaches and tourist resorts. Scuba diving, swimming, water sports and walks along the marked trails attract visitors and locals alike every year.

Marcel Pagnol’s hills

Popularized by the works of Marcel Pagnol, the hills stretching between Marseille and Aubagne are dominated by the rocky mass of the Garlaban. From La Treille, numerous hiking trails invite you to lose yourself in the valleys carpeted with fragrant garrigue. Will you find the Grosibou cave, which at the end of the vacations would have served as a refuge for little Marcel?
How about a guided tour of the Treille district? The Tourist Office offers you the chance to do so all year round.
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When to go to Marseille?

You’ve been looking for a destination in France, and you’ve chosen Marseille. You know where to go, but do you know when to leave?

The Provencal climate remains pleasant all year round. Summers are warm, ideal for water sports and cultural visits. In summer, however, you may not be able to walk to the calanques or hills, as access to the massifs may be prohibited due to fire risks. Winters remain mild, making them ideal for urban tourism and outdoor activities. The mid-season season, spring or autumn, has been developing strongly for several years to reconcile culture, sea and nature.