Marseille! The city famous for its islands, blue sea, calanques, as well as its lavenders extract and soaps production…
I had a chance to visit Marseille last month and it was a wonderful experience! It is a very “photogenic” city, my camera was on all the time because there were so many picturesque moments.
It is a big city. For a first-time visit, I think it could take at least 3 days to explore.
Here are my favourite must-do’s in Marseille:
1/ The Vieux Port – center of the city:
Shopping: Rue Saint-Ferréol, rue Francis Davso and around. Everything you need is here.
Eating: lots of restaurants on the street surrounds Vieux Port.
In Marseille you’ve got a chance to taste very fresh seafood. I was there on a weekend morning, there was a flea market right at the Vieux Port where fishermen sell their fruits of labour from their trips.
Some good addresses for seafood:
Toinou: 3, cours saint louis 13001 Marseille.
Not far from the Vieux Port, this is a place for delicious and fresh seafood, the price is very reasonable, around 70€ for 2 people.
Miramar: 12 Quai du Port, 13002 Marseille.
Restaurant with romantic, beautiful decoration and sea view, situated on the street surrounds the Vieux Port. The price is pretty high, starting from 60€ for one person. However they serve in big portions so just be careful when you want to have a full course including entrée and dessert.
2/ Mucem: Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerrané, 7 Promenade Robert Laffont – 13002 Marseille
A combination of old and new architecture is definitely a must-see. Especially the new building which was built on the sea, like a floating art.
Mucem is situated at the end of the street surrounding Vieux Port, on the right side of the Port.
They have wonderful permanent and contemporary cultural exhibitions, last time I saw a very interesting exhibition explaining the links between, Judaism, Christian and Muslim religions.
3/ Le Panier:
Walking up the hill, suddenly you’re in a different world. Tiny streets, ancient houses with ice cream-coloured bricks, charming stores, cafes and galleries waiting to be discovered in little passages.
There is a sight-seeing tour from Vieux Port to Le Panier by tourist-train but I recommend putting “Le Panier” on Google Map to get there by walking and enjoy the sweetness of a nice surprise. It is the area on the right side of the Port, not so far from Mucem.
4/ The Islands!
Your own private beach in one of the calaques, crystal clear water, and the calmness of a long summer afternoon.
To go to Ile des Frioul, you can buy a 2-way ticket from the Vieux Port from 6€ for one island, or 10€ for both Ile de Frioul and Ile de chateau d’If.
5/ Notre-Dame de la Garde:
Reasons to visit? Apart from exploring a famous place for religion and architecture, being on a sight-seeing train to Notre-Dame de la Garde is quite an experience. It’s fun to have some twists on the way going up and down the mountain. The scenery is pretty: Les Catalans beach, white houses with the pink flowers blooming everywhere. And when you get to the Notre-Dame, you’ll get the striking view of the city.
To get there you can take the “petit train touristique” from the Vieux Port: see more details here.
Voilà! I hope this post is helpful for you.
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Photos taken with Sony RX100 II.