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Marseille

N 43°17.723', E 5°22.441'
2017-10-01
http://www.marseille-tourisme.com/en/
Our rating: 6.80
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Marseille is the second largest city in France and the largest port in the Mediterranean, whose name is used for the anthem "Marseillaise". The European Capital of Culture 2013. The city is very old, founded in 600 BC, and is one of the oldest in Europe. Almost in the heart of the city there is the Vestige Garden (Jardin des Vestiges), where you can see the ruins of the original Massalia settlement.

Marseille is quite a large city, so it can be difficult to navigate on foot. Maps of public transport can be downloaded here. On the same website you can see the schedule of lines. Better buy 1-day ticket (~ 5.2 euros, 2017) or 3-days ticket (~ 10.8, 2017). There is also a metro in Marseille, but it is inconvenient for tourists.

If you come by car then we have good news. Marseille has underground tunnels and overpasses, there is an opportunity to drive from the outskirts and park in the very center in 10 minutes! We have not seen anything like this anywhere else. Also in Marseille we noticed a "green wave" of traffic lights, it's when you drive without stopping and you always have green light. This moment was used by writers of the script for the movie Taxi (1998).

And now the bad news, Marseille is the most dangerous city in Europe, consider this. Even during our 3-day visit there was a terrorist attack.

Map of Marseille
Map of Marseille ©marseille-tourisme.com

Old Port (Vieux-Port)

All the main tourist life in Marseille boils around the Old Port. This is the main public space in the city. Recently there was a highway around the bay, but now pedestrian areas occupy 70% of the territory. From the Old Port there are boats to the famous If castle (Château d'If) and to the Calanque National Park.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak

We lived in the Old Port, in a fairly inexpensive Hermes hotel (booking.com). We recommend it due to excellent location and the roof terrace with the best view of the port. Underground parking Q-Park is located nearby (N 43 17.786 E 5 22.129) and can be booked online. This is the only parking in the center, so it makes sense to book in advance.

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The old port is a great place to meet the sunset.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak

Be sure to see the amusing design of the pavilion Ombrière. If you do not look immediately at the second photo, it's hard to understand what it is. This mirror construction was built by the famous British architect Norman Foster for the project "Marseille - the cultural capital of Europe".

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak


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Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde

Bus 60 from the old port to the Our Lady of the Guard stop. Parking is right next to the basilica (N 43 17.062 E 5 22.251).

The symbol of the city and the best viewing platform, built in 1853-1864 in neo-Byzantine style. The most visited place in Marseilles.

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The cultural and business center of Villa Méditerranée and its surroundings

The nearest metro is Vieux-Port - Hôtel de Ville and Joliette. Underground parking Indigo (N 43 17.906 E 5 21.773). You can also park in Q-Park in the Old Port, these places are nearby.

The former territory of the port is now converted to a huge public space. Here are the Museum of European Civilizations and the Mediterranean Museum, the medieval fortress of Fort St. John (Fort Saint-Jean), the cathedral of Marseille and a small old town on a hill.

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Borely park

Bus 19 to the Plage Planches a Voile stop from the Rond-Point du Prado metro station. Parking is available near the park (N 43 15.628 E 5 23.114) and another one near the city beach (N 43 15.566 E 5 22.530).

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak

Borely Park - the largest park in the city, was founded in the 18th century.

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Be sure to find the numerous nutria that live here and take food from the hands.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak

The best way to reach the park from the metro is to walk along the trail Sentier Pédestre de l'Huveaune, which runs along the river.

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Unité d'Habitation

Buses 21,22,22s to the stop Le Corbusier from the metro Rond-Point du Prado. Parking can be found somehere here N 43 15.725 E 5 23.727.

The unique house, built in 1952, was conceived as experimental, to explore the possible organization of a way of life.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak


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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak

Despite the fact that the house is residential, it can be visited. It's free, you just need to leave your data at the entrance. Inside the house there are real streets with restaurants, offices, shops and gym.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak


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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak

On the roof there are: an observation deck, a running track, a swimming pool, a concert hall and a kindergarten.

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Behind the house is a small park.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak

Small port (Vallon des Auffes)

Bus 83, which runs along the coast, to the Vallon des Auffes stop. Parking is problematic, look along the Kennedy promenade, around this location N 43 17.126 E 5 21.030.

Come in the evening. This small harbor with fishing boats is perhaps the most authentic place in Marseilles.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak


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Embankment around the port is also beautiful, you can even walk here from the Old Port.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak

Palace and park of Faro (Palais des congrès du Pharo)

Buses 82, 82s from the old port to the stop of Le Pharo. There is a covered parking Q-Park (N 43 17.509 E 5 21.581) which you can book online.

A small park with an excellent view at the fort of St. John and the Rene I. Tower.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak


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Cours Julien

Metro Notre Dame du Mont. There is a covered parking Q-Park (N 43 17.663 E 5 22.990) which you can book online.

Public space with restaurants and playgrounds. The place, most likely, is not entirely safe, as African teenagers are selling here light drugs, but quite interesting. In the adjoining streets there is a huge amount of graffiti.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak


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The cultural center of La Friche (Friche la Belle de Mai)

Buses 49, 52, 582 to the Belle de Mai la Friche stop. There is a parking, entrance is here N 43 18.716 E 5 23.490.

The former industrial zone, the cultural center from 2013. Here are the theater, the studio, exhibitions, various markets. From the street it's more like some abandoned warehouse with a lot of graffiti.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak


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The most interesting is a roof with a huge public space.

Friche la Belle de Ma
Friche la Belle de Ma ©lafriche.org

Longchamp park

The metro station Cinq-Avenues - Longchamp. Tram T2 to the stop of Longchamp. There is no parking.

The most interesting place here is not even the park itself, but the beautiful Lonsham Palace. It was built in honor of the opening of the Marseille water canal, which brought clean water to the city. The park is not open 24h: March, April, September, October - 8 - 19; May-August - 8 - 20, November-February - 8 - 17:30.

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Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak


Marseille
Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak


Marseille
Marseille ©Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: Buses from Marseille Airport go to the train station every 15 minutes, the price is 8.4 euros one way or 13 euros return (2017). By train Marseille can be reached from Paris in 3 hours, Lyon - 1 hour 45 minutes, Nice - 2 hours.
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