Located in the sunny south of France, Marseille is the country’s second largest city boasting attractions aplenty. To find out about some of the top things to do in Marseille, we asked you to tell us your tips for visiting this popular French destination over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you had to say...
Sample some fresh seafood at the Vieux Port
Britt Smith says:
Mussels and fries and a glass of beer right on the port. Watching the ships come in. Fishermen selling fresh fish. Wish I was there now.
Diana Predrag says:
To stop and check the fishermen selling fresh fish in the Vieux Port... the sight, the noise, the smells... fascinating! The very essence of the city and the people of Marseille, I would say, is manifested in that sight.
Marseille’s Vieux Port (Old Port) is one of the city’s most popular spots with both locals and visitors thanks to its great selection of seafood restaurants. Fresh from the daily fish market held in the area, the seafood on offer here is mouth-wateringly good. If you’re not a fish fan, you should still try and visit this bustling area to soak up the lively atmosphere.
Check out Notre-Dame de la Garde
Paula Rodas Garrido says:
Visiting Notre Dame de la Garde in the highest hill of Marseilles and watch the view...incredible!
Looking over Marseille from the highest point in the city, the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica is an important place of worship. Along with its impressive exterior, the church also boasts an elaborate interior, complete with colourful mosaics, statues and more. On top of that, the view of the city from here is nothing short of breath-taking.
Location: Rue Fort-du-Sanctuaire.
Take a boat trip to Les Iles du Frioul
Melanie Kathan says:
The boat trip to les Iles du Frioul was my favorite part of my visit to Marseille; the scenery is absolutely stunning!
Regular boat trips leave from Marseille and make their way to this archipelago, which is made up of four different islands. On the islands you’ll find beautiful beaches, trails to wander along and more. Wildlife fans will be happy to note that these islands are home to lots of different species of birds so keep your camera at the ready.
Explore the surrounding areas
Zhuoling Li says:
CASSIS and those small places around Marseille, best place for hiking or any sea activities!
Just a short 20-minute trip by train from Marseille you’ll find the ancient fishing village of Cassis. This seaside town is a popular spot with visitors thanks to its beautiful beach, wonderful climate and friendly vibe.
Catch a sunset and enjoy stunning views
Antonio Mont'Alverne says:
Watch the sunset from Palais du Pharo's gardens or from the Corniche. It is just impossible not to fall in love with this city after doing it!
At one time the holiday home of Emperor Napoleon III (even though he never actually got around to using it), the Palais du Pharo is a stunning architectural treasure, while the Corniche is a very popular 5-kilometre-long seaside walkway. Both of these spots provide visitors with great views of the city, particularly at sunset.
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Paula Rodas Garrido says:
I love Marseilles! If-Castle, La Notre Dame de la Garde, La Canebière avenue, Vieux Port, Palais Longchamp, fishermen very nice to talk with you......I want to go again!
Jennifer Yoldi says:
Dinner, fresh seafood of course, at sunset at the port, breakfast at whatever boulangerie is in your neighbourhood- there is nothing in this world like warm, fresh-baked, French bread, a trip out to the Chateau D'If, and this tiny candy shop on the main street leading to the beach. Marseille was wonderful for so many different reasons.
So if you're visiting this city, make sure to check out some of the top things to do in Marseille, whether that's a visit to the Vieux Port or a sunset stroll along the Corniche.