From the Old Port in Marseille, it is easy to wander through the narrow streets and take in the richness of the oldest city in France. Marseille is full of wonders and breathtaking sights. From museums, to galleries, to the unforgettable Calanques, there's something for everyone in the vibrant French city of Marseille! Read on to discover everything in store for you on your next trip to Marseille.
This impressive glass museum right at the foot of the sea is the Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, or MuCEM. It showcases the evolution of society through the ages to modern day today and was opened to the public in 2013 as a celebration of Marseille's designation as the European Capital of Culture. The museum's impressive architecture is in itself a sight to see, with large lattice like patterns rising above the roof and a panoramic view on the second floor. You can take in the view from the museum's designated restaurant, Le Môle Passedat where you can savor delectable Mediterranean cuisine at its best.
The Old Port in Marseille is a historical spot as it is at least 2,600 years old. Serving as a major trading port for a fair bit of France's history, it is now home to plenty of brasseries, bars and cafes. Although you won't find any trading ships anymore, it is docked up full of yachts, ready to be taken for a spin. Along with an amazing view of the harbor, you will also find the beautiful Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port which is the perfect base for all your adventures in the city. Make sure you find time to visit the small local fish market that spread itself along the port for a feel of old Marseille.
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Massif des Calanques
This rugged terrain comprising of massive limestone rock formations surrounded by beautiful pristine blue water is 20km stretch of pure beauty. Starting off in the 9th arrondissement in Marseille and heading east towards Cassis, the Calanques is something you have to see with your own eyes to really soak in the gorgeous view. The highest peak can be found at Mont Puget and the area is protected by the Parc National des Calanques.
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Cathédrale La Major
The towering figure of Cathédrale La Major dominates most of the city of Marseille with its Roman Provencal style architecture built in beautiful pink stone. The first stones of this remarkable cathedral were laid out in the early 1850s by Napoleon Bonaparte on the site of the Old Major, and following the economic and social boom in the 19th century, a flood of development and architecture swarmed the city, leading to its massive construction. You can head to see the cathedral for yourself with a comfortable bike tour, one of the most ecological and trendy ways to roam around the city. The city is increasingly becoming a bike-friendly city with 'Le Vélo’ bike stands available on almost every street.
Without a doubt, Marseille is an exciting and fun city to visit. With an array of sites to see and activities to do, you are sure to have an unforgettable holiday. Stay comfortably at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port with panoramic views of the Vieux Port to accompany you. A meal at the on-site restaurant, Le Quai du 7ème will definitely not disappoint with amazing cocktails and Provençal tapas to accompany the view over the Old Harbor.