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Marseille is often overlooked on a visit to the French Riviera but it has lots of delightful places to visit. Here’s our list of the top 20 must-see attractions.
The Old Port is now the city’s harbour and a key destination. You’ll find the fish market here every morning from 6am onwards and it’s a great place to take a ride on the Ferris wheel, have an ice-cream and watch the buskers. A great place to have lunch, dinner or an “apéro” (pre-dinner drink).
It might be cheesy but one of the best views in Marseille is from the big wheel in the Old Port. It’s not cheap, but well worth the views.
This palace is beautiful and now houses the art museum, with a collection spanning the 1500s to 1800s. It’s stunning and a must-see on any itinerary.
This is a lovely park to escape the beach crowd or the city heat. Take a picnic after visiting one of the nearby museums.
Corbusier was a legendary architect who built a concrete city in the 1950s to house everyone cheaply after the war. Called the “Cité Radieuse” it’s a great example of Brutalist architecture (which literally means, “made out of concrete”). A lovely place to walk around and it offers great views over the sea.
Goudes is a little fishing village that locals call “the end of the world”. It’s the last place you reach along the coast before you get to the Calanques and a great place to hike, swim (if you can brave the rocks) or just contemplate life.
If you take the ferry a little further out from Château d’If, you reach the island of Frioul. It doesn’t have many residents, and is mostly a nature reserve and a great place to swim and have lunch. Take proper footwear and lots of water.