Marseille is known as the second most populated city in France and the biggest port in the Mediterranean. With a metropolis of bustling markets and a colourful landscape, it’s not hard to see why Marseille became European City of Culture in 2013. This is a destination full of character, multicultures and full of life. Why not book a hotel in this secret French capital and find out more.
Extraordinary hotels in Marseille
Le Petit Nice Passedat – this hotel boasts the region’s only Michelin three star restaurant
Novotel Marseille Vieux Port – overlooks the Vieux Port and showcases fantastic views
Monuments and attractions
Marseille has an abundance of attractions ready to immerse the tourist in French culture:
Vieux Port – the old harbour is a perfect place to observe French life with tradition. Watch the ships sail in or ride a boat to the nearby Frioul Islands
La Plaine – the trendy district of Marseille full of bookstores and fountains
Stade Velodrome – watch the local football team with the locals and experience a highlight in Marseille life
Notre Dame de la Garde – check out the boat models that hang around the big church and climb up the tower to get the perfect stop to see the city at its best
Eating and drinking
Marseille’s cuisine is famed for its fish and seafood. Don’t forget to try out the unique speciality of fish broth ‘bouillabaisse’ or ‘ailoi’ which is a garlic sauce.
There are a variety of restaurants scattered throughout the city that caters to all price ranges. Kebab restaurants dominate along the Canebiere whereas terraced restaurants can be found in the street of Cours Julien.
The nightlife is varied across the city that caters to all tastes.
Le Trolleybus – each of the three rooms plays different music ranging from hip hop to techno and classic rock. It’s cave like atmosphere makes it a great hit with the locals
Le Cosy Bar – themed nights occur often such as Moscow Beach where everyone dresses in a mix of winter wear and beach wear
Le Flamingo – a soothing and calm upscale club. Plays top techno and dubstep hits.