Discover Marseille under the sun in the winter : Cultural tours
Must-sees places mixing History cultural and Heritage
Without any doubt, the very first thing to see during your stay this winter is definitely the ” basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde”,located at 154 meters high.Knows as ‘la Bonne mère’ (the Good mother) this Romanesque Bizantine building watches over the fishermen, the sailors and the whole people of Marseille.Every year, Notre Dame de la garde welcome 2 millions of visitors, it is definitely the most visited monument of Marseille.
Offering temporary and permanent exhibitions the Mucem – first big museum dedicated to the Mediterranean offers various themes (History, Anthropology,Archeology, History of Arts, and Contemporary arts). Designed by the architect Rudy Ricciotti, the building is located on the J4 Esplanade which remains a culturalreference open to the world.Plus, being a part of museum, Saint jean Fort welcomes many visitors who can wander through its village and gardens looking for its little secrets.
Other must-see in Marseille, château d’If (former prison state) reachable only with a boat from the Old port until this homonymous island attracts thousands visitors a year .In the novel “Le Comte de Monte-Cristo” from Alexandre Dumas, the hero is imprisoned in this historic fortress. This story makes this place of the Cité phocéene famous.
In the 4 th district, you can find the palais Longchamp, a water tower originally built to bring water from the Durance into the town. It is made up of several entities: The marseille Fine Arts museum ( in the left wing) the Natural History museum (in the right wing) a public garden and an observatory.
Animated and authentic district
During your stay in Marseille, you need to go to the Vieux-Port (old port) famous for its fish morning market.Beyond this must-see, other typical district of Marseille worth it quartier du Panier in the second district, divided in 3 administrative areas such as Hôtel-de-Ville, Les Grands-Carmes et La Joliette. Its authenticity will seduce you thanks to its colorful and vegetal alleys, its craftmen shops and friendly bars. Anecdote? the fictional Mistral district of the Tv show “plus belle la vie” was inspired by the Panier!
Let’s go to one of the most original district of Marseille: Notre dame du Mont in the 6th district, very proud of this street art! you will be able to hear some urban artists’notes but also enjoy the colorful graffitis on the stairs and walks of cours Julien. Guaranteed change of scene!
Soccer addict? let’s go to the l’Orange Vélodrome stadium to support the most fervent fans of the Olympique of Marseille.OM supporters are well known to know how to set the mood on the game days. With loud shouts and patriotic songs. For a complete immersion, get a ticket for the OM stadium Tour which will give you the opportunity to discover the backstageof the stadium as if you were a member of the team. You will get a private access to the lockers, press conference room, training room and the trophees exhibition hall as well.