The Best Tourist Attractions & Things To Do In Marseille

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Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

When visiting Marseille, a visit to the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde is a must. Standing at the peak of an outcrop, on the south side of the port, you cannot miss it. Dating back to the 1850’s, explore the intricate decorations, murals and mosaics, and look out for the shrapnel marks from WWII. The views from the basilica are amazing, making the trip a great way to get your bearings in this beautiful city.

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Chateau d'If
Chateau d'If

Take the short ferry trip over to Chateau d’If, the island fortress once used as a prison, and made famous by the classic 1840's novel “The Count of Monte Cristo!” Stroll through the fortress and explore the high ramparts and gun platforms, as well as the cryptic old cells, then take in the magnificent views from the top!

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Palais du Pharo
Palais du Pharo

Built in 1858, the Palais du Pharo was a constructed by Napoleon, on a whim; he built it, but he never stayed there. The palace has had several lives, and is now a conference centre catering for up to 2,500 people. Its magnificent architecture dominates the landscape and the gardens and views are nothing short of stunning!

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Calanque de Sormiou
Calanque de Sormiou

The natural beauty of the Calanque de Sormiou is stunning, and it’s surprisingly accessible by car. You can hike trails that will take you through lush forests and along the magnificent cliffs, then descend to the beach and bath in the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and take plenty of water!

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Centre de la Vieille Charite
Centre de la Vieille Charite

Today, the Centre de la Vieille Charite is a modern day museum with a diverse range of antiquities for you to explore, from ancient Egyptian artifacts, right through to amazing works by Picasso. As you explore the museum, imagine the vast history of this building, which in the 1700’s served as brutal accommodation for people rounded up as beggars, housing an estimated 1500 “guests.” The historic stories of the building - and its stunning beauty - are sure to fascinate!

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Frioul Archipelago
Frioul Archipelago

Just off the coast - about four-kilometres from Marseille - you will find the Frioul Archipelago, four small islands that were once used as quarantine stations to combat the Plague. The Archipelago is also the home of the Fortress d’If, so take a boat and go exploring today!

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Palais Longchamp
Palais Longchamp

The Palais Longchamp was originally designed to hide the water tower that was bringing clean water to the city. Today, this large and majestic structure is now home to two museums. Take time to stroll through the art and science exhibits, and relax in the extensive gardens decorated with waterfalls and water features. Why not take some time out of your busy schedule to join the locals for a picnic in the park!

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Calanques National Park
Calanques National Park

Calanques National Park (Parc national des Calanques) sits in the south of France between Marseille and Cassis. The area boasts dramatic rocky inlets, azure waters and pebble beaches, making it a popular destination for tourists looking to hike, swim and sail.

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