City Break with friends in Marseille

Are you looking for an urban and tourist destination for a short stay or a weekend with friends? Marseille welcomes you in all year round for an unforgettable weekend of culture, art, gastronomy and nature !

A cultural stay in Marseille

Awarded the title of European Capital of  Culture  in 2013,  Marseille has  an intense cultural life. Between  monuments,  museums, visits and  walks in the authenthic districts and festivals, choose Marseille to  enjoy  cultural events with your  friends!

Many  monuments  to  discover!

Although Marseille has not been able to preserve many of its  ancient treasures, the last few centuries have left us with a wealth of monuments. The Saint-Victor Abbaye , with its crenellated towers overlooking the Old Port  looks like a fortified castle . Off-shore, the If castle occupies  a strongly fortified islet. Transformed into a  prison, the  fortress hosted some famous prisoners  and legendary characters. You can also enjoy a cultural weekend in Marseille to  get  on top  of  the  hill that leads to  Notre-Dame de la Garde, and admire the mosaics and ex-votos of the Basilica and its crypts and its 360° view over the city. Don’t miss the  Palais Longchamp, a water tower  which  designed  to celebrate the arrival of the waters of the Durance in Marseille. The  aisles of the architectural neoclassical building house the Natural History Museum and Fine Arts  Museum.

Museums for everyone

The  oldest city  of France also has many museums. The  Mucem  is  the very  first major museum dedicated to the Civilisation of Europe and Mediterranean, has an innovative achitectural style, combining the modernity of the lacy concrete cube designed by    Rudy Ricciotti with the historical roots of Fort Saint-Jean. You will need half a  day to visit  it which can be complemented by a stroll along the quays of the Vieux-Port or walking around in the narrow streets of the Panier. Since the beginning of June  2022, you can immerse yourself in prehistory by visiting the replica of the Cosquer Cave, discovered more than  30 years ago in the Calanque of Morgiou.

The History Museum of Marseille, completely renovated a few years ago, immerses history fans into the past of the City. You can also extend it by visiting the Mediterranean Archeology Museum  which  is  located in the  heart  of the Vieille Charité. It houses one of France’s best-equipped Egyptology departments, as well as remarkable department of Near Eastern and Mediterranean civilizations.

Art collectors and fashion addicts will focus on the Decoratives Arts and Fashion museum located in the Borely Castle and  will take the  opportunity  to  walk through the shaded alleys of the  eponymous park. Many other museums  devoted to the  Arts or  History  await you  for a  fun and educational city break.

A gourmet and  festive weekend with  friends

Looking for a  short gourmet and festive stay? Marseille is your  your  next  destination!

Discovery Marseille’s gastronomic delights

For  many visitors, local gastronomy can be summed up by the  unmissable bouillabaisse. You can taste this fish  soup at Chez Fonfon, Chez Michel, or  even at  Miramar restaurants famous  for  this specialty. But this  famous  dish cannot be representative of the Marseilles’ chefs who excell in the art of creativity and variety!

Le Petit Nice-Passedat, l’Epuisette, l’Alcyone, AM by Alexandre Mazzia, Une table au Sud, Saisons and Signature by Coline Faulquier are among the city’s most famous Michelin-starred restaurants. You’ll be able ti try other unforgettable culinary experiences during your city break in Marseille.

Going out in Marseille, meeting the cultures of the world

Lovers of  nightlife can  discover the  cosmopolitan character of  Marseille for a  festive city break Le cours Julien, appreciated by  musicians and  street  art lovers and famous for its coffee shops and restaurants. You can also enjoy the entertainment and nightlife of the nearby district of La Plaine. In summer, l’Escale Borely  with its private beaches looks like a  trendy seaside resort. Ideal to relax and enjoy the  blue waters of the Mediterranean sea!

The  city welcomes many festivals. Fans of music from southern Europe and Latin America can organize a  citybreak in automn,  during the  Fiesta des Suds while jazz lovers will go to Marseille in  summer,  for the  Festival Marseille Jazz des cinqs continents. Marsatac is aimed at hip-hop, electro and rock addicts and in recent years has opened up to African music. Summer festival, Freestyle Cup, Delta Festival, Acontraluz… Many others events and  meetings invite you to enjoy a weekend of culture in Marseille!

A sporty break between sea, creeks and hills

Looking dor a sporty break with your friends?  Marseille, the second biggest  city  of France, is the only metropolis of its size to host a national park on its territory. Whever you prefer the sea or the hills, Marseille has an exceptional natural heritage that offers  a  unique playground for sports and nature lovers.

Water sports activities with friends

Marseille owns one of the  most beautiful coastline of the  Mediterranean sea. The unspoiled seabed of the Calanques National Park and Côte Bleue are just  perfect for snorkelling, free diving and scuba diving.

Sailing enthusiasts would enjoy the  unique  weather conditions of Marseille’s harbour. You can  take the  opportunity of a city break withe friend to get on board or a sailboat for a sea trip.

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Outdoors  activities  with  friends

The calanques and Marseilleveyre massif, hills of Garlaban and roves mountains range welcomes all year  long hiking, biking and climbing enthusiast. In the  heart  of gorgeous landscape, you  can practise your  favorite  sport or activities. Spring  and Automn are  probably the  most pleasant  sunny  days.In  summertime the  risk  of  fire can  lead to  a prevntive ban on access to the  massif.

A match at the Orange Velodrome stadium

Do you like watching sport as much as playing it? Your city break with friends can be a unique experience. By attending an Olympique de Marseille match, you will be immersed in the unique atmosphere of the Orange Velodrome stadium. Vibrate in unison, and enter into communion with tens of thousands of supporters who sing their passion for their team. More than just a sport, football is a religion in Marseille.