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Marseille is a southern port city in the Mediterranean. It is considered the largest industrial center and the second most populated city in France. Walking through the streets of Marseille, it may seem that there are much more emigrants than local residents, however, the city managed to maintain its original appearance and character. It is famous for its colorful markets, a mix of smells and cultures. It has its own special romance, but only a true admirer of the noisy Marseille can feel it. To get a better feel for the spirit of this city, rent a car and go explore each of its streets and nearby territories. This will help you fall in love with Marseille once and for all.

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Car hire at Marseille Airport

Marseille Provence Airport ( Marseille You Provence is Airport then ) - download scheme

IATA code: MRS
Location: 30 km from Marseille
Official website: http://www.marseille.aeroport.fr/
Information: +33 820 81 14 14

The following car rental companies are represented at the Marseille airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise rent-a-car, Europcar, Hertz, Interrent, Firefly, Sixt. Car pick-up points are located near the parking lot. Depending on the parking place, the first 15 minutes of parking can be free or cost up to € 6 (premium parking).

What to see in Marseille: interesting sights of the city

Abbey of Saint Victor

Marseilles, Rue Abbaye, 3 www.saintvictor.net

Abbey Saint Victor photo

Historians claim that the monastery was built in the V century, having existed for several centuries, was completely destroyed during the raid of nomads. Only in the XI century, local architects managed to restore it. The abbey is not difficult to notice, walking along the streets of Marseille. The building is thoroughly saturated with the spirit of antiquity and stands out against the background of nearby buildings. Today you can attend the service and visit the underground crypt with sarcophagi. There is a convenient entrance to the monastery where you can leave a rental car.

Longshan Palace

Marseilles, 4e Arrondissement

Lonshan Palace photo

The exquisite Lonshan Palace is considered a true architectural masterpiece. Every tourist who has been here invariably delights. The palace consists of an observatory, where you can see the stars, the museum of natural history and fine arts, as well as the zoological garden. In the adjoining territory, a sculptural composition, a fountain complex, and a noble triumphal arch, on both sides of which majestic colonnades flow, are brought to the attention of travelers. Walking around the palace, you can plunge into the life of real aristocrats for a moment.

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations

Marseille, Promenade Robert Laffont 7 www.mucem.org/en/votre-visite

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations photo

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations is a unique place that has no analogues in the world. Many exhibits are presented here that tell about the history of local peoples and those who left only a small trace in the development of the city and country. Over the several years of its existence, the museum has already accumulated several collections that consist of rare items and documents. Temporary exhibitions and events are held here annually, including an exhibition of national food, ethnic and classical concerts. In order to join the world of art without any extra worries, a rental car can be left in the parking lot near the museum building.

“Radiant City”

280, Boulevard Michelet

Radiant City Photo

A “radiant city” is not a city in a city, but a residential building, but not a simple one. The complex includes residential apartments, various shops, a kindergarten, a library. On the roof there is a terrace with a pool. By the way, this house has more than 20 types of layouts and about 340 apartments. It is also interesting that it is also a tourist attraction in which tourists like to be. Usually travelers travel with a tour group along a clearly planned route.

Grobé Labadier Museum

Marseille, boulevard Longchamp, 140

Grobé Labadier Museum photo

The house-museum was a gift to Marcel from the wife of the famous musician Grob. The Grobé family has been collecting art objects for half a century. Some exhibits from the collections are completely unique. In addition to decorative objects, furniture, porcelain collections and paintings, the museum also has a reception room, a genius’s study, and Louis XVII’s salon. By the way, if you plan to get to the museum in a rented car, you can leave it in a convenient parking lot.

In the vicinity of Marseille: the best car routes

If Castle

Embarcadere Frioul If, 1 Quai de la Fraternite, 13001 www.chateau-if.fr/

If castle photo

If Castle was built in order to protect Marseilles from sea attacks of enemies. But the castle could not be tested in action: even Charles V, seeing such a powerful structure, did not dare to go on the attack. Few people know that in fact the castle was built in the shortest possible time and not in the best way. Having decided, then the king of Spain to attack, the fortress would collapse in a matter of hours. Resourceful Frenchmen were able to find application for the construction: they equipped a prison here, escape from which was impossible. Today, tours are conducted at the castle, during which you can see the Dantes cell and the cell where the Iron Mask was serving his term. And after that, have a bite to eat in a cozy cafe nearby, which offers a beautiful view.

Old port

La canebiere

Old port photo

In order to truly feel the spirit of Marseilles, you should definitely visit the old port, which is considered the hallmark of the city. Despite the fact that the name “old” port is rooted, life here is still in full swing: sailors go for a catch, guides offer tourists boat trips, locals, along with travelers, like to visit Marseille port restaurants. Chefs buy seafood from newly arrived sailors, so there is a one hundred percent chance to try various delicacies from a fresh catch.


Aix-en-Provence photo

Hire a car and drive to the charming city of Aix-en-Provence. The road will take a little more than half an hour. Medieval streets, aristocratic palaces with elaborate balconies and fountains of the most unusual forms will make an indelible impression. It is interesting that the city is rich not only in historical monuments and attractions, but also in modern art festivals. It is best to start acquaintance with Provence from the Old Town. You should definitely visit the church of St. Madeleine, a street decorated with paintings by Rubens and Van Lo, the Museum of tapestries, the city hall. If you are a lover of ancient valuables, then by all means take a walk through the local flea market, where you can probably find something unique. If you are planning a trip in June or July, then you are lucky enough to visit the grandiose festival “Music on the Streets”,


Aubagne photo

Aubagne is a small town in southeastern France, which is surrounded on all sides by hills and cliffs. If you want to get away from places of tourist congestion, then you will definitely like a trip to Aubagne. Before you have a bite to eat at a local restaurant, be sure to check the Saint-Sauveur Church, the chapels of sinners, the clock tower. Fans of unusual tourist destinations will be interested to go to an agricultural estate.


Toulon photo

Having rented a car, go from the city of Aubagne to Toulon. The road will take a little less than an hour, but the trip will certainly be memorable. When you reach your destination, take a stroll along the old streets of Lafayette and Algeria. It will be interesting to see the Cathedral of Saint-Marie-de-la-Sed and the Opera House, to visit Piazza Square, the Museum of Photography and the port of Toulon. By the way, there are many restaurants and cafes with breathtaking views of the city and the sea. At the end of your stay in Toulon, you can see the panorama of the city by climbing the Funon mountain by cable car.

Food: atmospheric restaurants, cafes and bars

Cafe populaire

110 Rue Paradis http://cafepopulaire.com/

Cafe Populaire Photo

The cozy atmosphere of Cafe Populaire will help you hide from the Marseille bustle and relax with a plate of tasty food and a glass of delicious wine. Vintage furniture in the hall and a collection of unique bottles create a special atmosphere in which dining is a pleasure. The menu is represented by a small number of dishes, so that no matter what you order, everything will surely be prepared in the best way. You should definitely try Sicilian vegetable stew, fried shrimp, a steak with sauce of your choice and, of course, dessert.

Chez etienne

43 Rue Lorette
+33 4 91 54 76 33

Chez Etienne photo

If you can’t decide where to go for late dinner, rent a car and go to the Chez Etienne pizzeria. In addition to different types of pizza, the menu offers dishes from French, Mediterranean, Italian cuisine. The owner of the establishment is an incredibly sociable person who tries to make every visitor feel comfortable and can have a tasty meal. Pasta in thick sauce, juicy steak, clams in garlic sauce deserve separate praise. In addition to the order, you will be offered a bottle of aromatic wine.

Le Comptoir Dugommier

4 boulevard Dugommier

Le Comptoir Dugommier photo

For a tasty and budget lunch, head to Le Comptoir Dugommier. The institution is hidden from the streets along which tourist routes pass, which means that you need a little time to search. Here you can try both simple dishes and snacks, and incredibly delicious desserts. Especially popular among visitors are stewed duck meat with vegetables, fried French sausages with artichokes, and white chocolate cream. Most often here you can meet not tourists, but local residents who know a lot about the institutions of their city.

Le Cafe des Epices

4 rue du lacydon

Le Cafe des Epices photo

When you rent a car, stop at Le Cafe des Epices for a tasty meal. In this institution, everything is exquisite and sophisticated: the interior, dishes and the form of their presentation. The menu offers dishes from French and Mediterranean cuisine. Scallops in fragrant sauce, stuffed vegetables, pork with chanterelles, spaghetti with cuttlefish ink deserve special attention. Le Cafe des Epices is popular, so it is best to book a table in advance.

Chez fonfon

140 Rue du Vallon des Auffes http://www.chez-fonfon.com/

Chez Fonfon photo

The restaurant is located in the old port, which means that the meal here will be especially pleasant. At Chez Fonfon you should order fish baked in clay and a traditional Marseille dish - Marseille’s fish soup, which is prepared from several types of fish and served with garlic sauce and croutons. Waiting time will brighten up the view of the port and surroundings. The restaurant is considered one of the best on the promenade of Marseille, so even the most ardent critic will enjoy the meal here.

Where to live: comfortable hotels in Marseille

Radisson Blu Hotel Marseille Vieux Port

40 Quai de Rive Neuve
+33 4 88 44 52 00 https://www.radissonblu.com/fr/hotel-marseille double room - from € 163

Radisson Blu Hotel Marseille Vieux Port photo

The Radisson Blu Hotel Marseille Vieux Port is located near the old port, which means that in addition to spacious and comfortable rooms, you will enjoy a beautiful view from the windows. After sightseeing, you can sunbathe by the rooftop pool or head to the fitness center. The hotel staff is very attentive and can fulfill any of your requests, for example, to park a rental car.

Golden Tulip Villa Massalia

17 Place Louis Bonnefon
+33 4 91 72 90 00 http://www.goldentulipvillamassalia.com/ double room - from € 152

Golden Tulip Villa Massalia photo

Golden Tulip Villa Massalia offers comfortable accommodation. It is located away from noisy streets and bars, so no one will disturb your peace. The hotel can be called universal, as for a family holiday, and for a romantic, everything is perfectly arranged here. Incidentally, pets are also allowed. You can entrust the child with a professional nanny, and go to the spa treatments or in the jacuzzi yourself.

Pullman marseille palm beach

200 Corniche President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
+33 4 91 16 19 00
double room - from € 160

Pullman Marseille Palm Beach photo

The luxurious Pullman Marseille Palm Beach Hotel is located just a short walk from the sea. While relaxing in the apartments, you can admire the Prado Bay. Those who like hiking can enjoy walking to the city center in a measured way and visiting the main attractions, lovers of comfortable movement can get to cultural attractions by renting a car. During the day, you can hide from the hustle and bustle in the fitness center or spa, and in the evening you can stroll through the lush garden.

Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port

36 Boulevard Charles Livon
+33 4 91 15 59 00 www.gdesignhotel.si double room - from € 159

Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port photo

Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port is located right next to the old port and overlooks the bay. You can have breakfast in the hotel's restaurant or on your own veranda. The hotel has a certificate of quality and operates under the "EcoLeaders" program, and this is a pleasant addition to beautiful landscapes and a modern interior. Everything is arranged here so that even the most capricious tourist feels comfortable and calm.

Hotel balladins Marseille Gare

28 Boulevard d´Athenes
+33 4 96 21 10 01 https://www.balladins.com/mon-hotel/marseille-gare/ double room - from € 70

Hotel balladins Marseille Gare photo

If you plan to travel to Marseille for just a couple of days, Hotel balladins Marseille Gare can be considered as a democratic accommodation option. By the way, a rental car can be left in public parking near the hotel. The main attractions, such as Notre Dame de la Garde, the Palais des Congres, the old port, are conveniently accessible on foot. You can purchase excursion tickets at a discounted price at the reception.

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