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Marseille is a wonderful coastal city with plenty of fantastic places to visit in a 24-hour trip | © Artur Staszewski/Flickr
Marseille is a wonderful coastal city with plenty of fantastic places to visit in a 24-hour trip | © Artur Staszewski/Flickr
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How to Spend 24 Hours in Marseille

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Updated: 30 May 2017
Marseille is such a unique city. Sitting on the edge of the Mediterranean, it’s a wonderful mix of French and African culture, traditional ways of living and edgy urban life. Twenty-four hours can hardly do it justice but if that’s all you have, here’s the pick of what to do.

Morning

The fish market opens at 8am and the Old Port, its home for over 100 years, is a great place to grab a little light breakfast after checking out the fish. Head to any one of the many waterside bars for a café and croissant. After wandering around the harbour and admiring the boats, or maybe doing a little shopping, head to the new Museum of European and Mediterranean Culture (MUCEM). It’s connected to the road via a walkway from the oldest part of Marseille, the Panier neighbourhood. It’s an architectural wonder and the entire building is fantastic. It holds art exhibitions but most people go to admire the town from its rooftop restaurant and bar. Don’t miss the Fort St Jean, next door, which is a lovely place to run around the small tunnels and ancient walkways.

End the morning by walking, hiring a city bike (it’s free for the first half hour) or catching a bus along the Corniche Kennedy. Named after the famous US President, it’s one of the loveliest roads in Marseille, curving around the coastline. Head to a pre-booked table at FonFon, one of the best restaurants in Marseille, to try the local fish delicacy,