Marseille is the oldest city in France with a rich cultural and historic heritage, especially around its Old Town and Port.
The rooftop pool at Radisson Blu Hotel Marseille Vieux Port features unbeatable views over the whole city. The view from some rooms is no less memorable, as they overlook the Old Port and Fort Saint-Jean.
Culture in Marseille
For a cultural walking tour of Marseille, start out with a visit to Cantini Museum. Formerly a French-style townhouse, it houses one of France’s most impressive collections of art from the so-called “modern” period of the 20th century. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of CIRVA, the International Glass and Plastic Arts Research Center, the museum is opening its entire collection to the public for the first time in many years. Among other things, you’ll appreciate how different artists, architects, and designers introduce glass into their creative process. The exhibition features both contemporary and decorative art.
MuCEM, short for the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, was created in 2013 by French architect Rudy Ricciotti and definitely warrants a visit. This summer, the museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of graffiti, with close to 1,500 items on display. Check out the many posters, stickers, spray cans, magazines, sketches, photos, and videos!
Getting hungry? Slip away for a bit to have lunch at Chez le Belge. The restaurant is situated about an hour’s walk away from the port of Callelongue, in the tiny cove of Marseilleveyre. Enjoy your meal in a delightful setting next to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Anyone fancy a swim?
Want more ideas on what to do in Marseille, here is an overview of our 3 favorite things to do in Marseille!