A cultural guide to Marseille

Marseille harbour

Marseille is the oldest city in France with a rich cultural and historical heritage, especially around its Old Town and Port. Get your fill of culture in Marseille with these top spots.

The best of contemporary art and design

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. Then visit a museum that is a bit out of the ordinary. 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.

A unique perspective on European and Mediterranean Civilizations

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!

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations

Dining in Marseilleveyre

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?

Port of Callelongue

The rooftop pool at Radisson Blu Hotel Marseille Vieux Port features unbeatable views over the whole city. And the view from the rooms is no less memorable, as they overlook the Old Port and Fort Saint-Jean. Experience a stay in beautiful Marseille with Radisson Blu Hotel Marseille Vieux.

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