Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Marseille

Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée

The icon of modern Marseille, this stunning museum explores the history, culture and civilisation of the Mediterranean region through anthropological exhibits, rotating art exhibitions and film. The collection sits …
Top Choice Basilica in Marseille

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

Occupying Marseille’s highest point, La Garde (154m), this opulent 19th-century Romano-Byzantine basilica is Marseille's most-visited icon. Built on the foundations of a 16th-century fort, as an enlargement of a 13t…
Top Choice Area in Marseille

Le Panier

'The Basket' is Marseille's oldest quarter – site of the original Greek settlement and nicknamed for its steep streets and buildings. Its close, village-like feel, artsy ambience, cool hidden squares and sun-baked c…
Top Choice Port in Marseille

Vieux Port

Ships have docked for millennia at Marseille’s birthplace, the vibrant Vieux Port. The main commercial docks were transferred to the Joliette area in the 1840s, but the old port remains a thriving harbour for fishin…
Top Choice Historic Building in Marseille

La Vieille Charité

In the heart of Marseille's Le Panier quarter is this grand and gorgeous almshouse, built by Pierre Puget (1620–94), an architect and sculptor born just a couple of streets away who rose to become Louis XIV's archit…
Museum in Marseille

Musée d’Histoire de Marseille

This intriguing 15,000-sq-metre museum traces the story of 'France's Oldest City' from pre-history (the paintings of the Cosquer Cave) to the present day, across 12 chronological exhibitions. The complex was built b…
Area in Marseille

La Joliette

The old maritime neighbourhood of La Joliette, moribund since the decline of the 19th-century docks, has been revitalised by bars, boutiques and restaurants. Ferries still depart for ports around the Med, but the lo…
Architecture in Marseille

La Cité Radieuse

Visionary modernist architect Le Corbusier redefined urban living in 1952 with the completion of this vertical 337-apartment tower, popularly known as La Cité Radieuse ('The Radiant City'). Its purpose was to increa…
Castle in Marseille

Château d’If

Commanding access to Marseille's Vieux Port, this photogenic island-fortress was immortalised in Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 classic The Count of Monte Cristo. Many political prisoners were incarcerated here, including th…
Cathedral in Marseille

Cathédrale de Marseille Notre Dame de la Major

Standing guard between the old and new ports is the striking 19th-century Cathédrale de la Major. After its foundation stone was laid by Napoleon III in 1852, the 'New Major' took over 40 years to complete. It boast…