10 Must Visit Locations in Marseille

This is the second largest city in France after Paris. The old nostalgic harbor from the sixth century was founded by the Greeks. From different points of the city you have a stunning view over the sea for example, from the Notre Dame de la Garde. At the same time, here you have a beautiful view on the “Château d’If”. The city is full of sights, including a number of forts, monuments, impressive churches and cathedrals. During a ride with the boemeltreintje is it feasible to many of the city. Various excursions offer the opportunity to get back on the road again with a guide who can tell you a lot about the history of this beautiful city.

Top 10 attractions of Marseille

 1. Notre Dame de la Garde

For the inhabitants of Marseille is this basilica seen as the protector of the city. On the 60 meter high bell tower is of very far the image of the Holy Mary with baby Jesus. It stands high above the town and has a very dominant position. It is not strange that the Notre Dame de la Garde is one of the most visited attraction of the city of Marseille. The view from this hill is spectacular. If you have the opportunity to visit the inside, you will not be disappointed. The interior is just as impressive as the outside. Many of the used marble and porphyry are coming from Italy.


Notre-Dame de la Garde

 2. Port Vieux Port

The entrance to the Port Vieux Port is indicated by the FORTS Saint Jean and Saint Nicolas. These were built around 1660 by order of King Louis XIV to the major port from intruders. In 1948, the port largely renewed after it was destroyed in the Second World War. The port is a charming part of the city where you can eat or enjoy a delicious glass of wine. Near the harbor there are many places of interest, such as: the lighthouse Phare de Saint Marie, the lively street Canebiere and the national theater “Théâtre National de la Criée.


Old Port of Marseille

3. Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

On Avenue du Prado is the relatively new basilica which was built between 1920 and 1947. This street is one of the most beautiful avenues of the city. The building was designed by DUPOUX has a Roman and Byzantine appearance.


Sacré-Cœur, Paris

  4. Chateau d’If

On the smallest island of the Frioul archipelago, off the coast of Marseille is the fortress ‘Chateau d’If’. Between 1524 and 1531, this fortress built to defend against attacks from the sea. Years later, the fort was used as a prison. Since 1890, the Chateau open to the public. It is perfectly accessible by boat from Marseille.


Château d’If

  5. Cathédrale de la Major 

The full name of the Cathedral Sainte-Marie-Majeure is ‘Cathedrale de Marseille’. In the surroundings of the remains to see, that the cathedral is built on a place where all ages make other churches. The Cathédrale de la Major was built between 1852 and 1896. The length has an impressive 140 meters.


Marseille Cathedral

  6. Longchamp Palace

This magnificent palace is located in the 4th arrondissement of Marseille’s city center. Its magnificent fountain gives the whole a regal look. In the palace you can find two unusual museums. These are the ‘Natural History Museum’ and the ‘Museum of Fine Arts’. The adjacent park is partly due to the city. In a special part of the park is the classical part what better known as ‘Jardin du Plateau.


Palais Longchamp

  7. Cours Julien

A fun, friendly and colorful part of the city can be found in the boho-chic Cours Julien. Many small shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries have a great attraction to the public. For the little ones are sufficient play venues. Especially around the square there is a lot of entertainment.


Cours Julien

  8. Quai des Belges

On the quay on the harbor is a pleasant crowd every morning to find the product you are looking for. Here is the catch of the day for sale on the fish market. Many local restaurant owners and other anglers come here their fresh purchases. Many restaurants serve delicious bouillabaisse where Marseille is known for.


Quai des Belges (Marseille)

  9. Quartier de l’Estaque mountain range

In the north western part of the city you’ll find a very cozy atmosphere. The French narrow alleys and small houses give you direct the popular conviviality. Here starts the day with a delicious coffee and the famous Chichi freggi. This is a donut dusted with sugar. But of course there are more delights to find the product you are looking for. This area is also very popular among artists.



  10. Town Hall

To the north of the port city of Marseille Vieux Port’ ‘is the town hall of the city. It was built around 1653 by the brother of the famous sculptor Pierre Paul Puget, Gaspard Puget Sound. The town house consists of two parts that can be brought together by an arch. To the façade will be flying the French Flag.


Town Hall of Marseille in Marseille

Featured Image Courtesy:  Diana Elizabeth

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