Finally the posts about the places I’ve visited during the amazing cruise holiday I did one month ago (Oh God, it actually seems more than that, I can’t believe it’s JUST one month ago!!) are ready!
So, the first step-over was in Marseille, France, one of the many cities on the “Cote d’azur” (riviera), useless saying the sea was beautiful. I actually didn’t expect it to be such a big city so when I got there I was happy I booked a tour. We didn’t have as much time as we wanted to walk around the city so I’ve been glad I managed to see all the main attractions during the tour. Because of this, I thought about listing the things you really can’t miss when visiting Marseille:
1 | Combine sight-seeing and gym exercise to reach Notre Dame de la Garde
This is the most famous church of the city and it’s so so beautiful! Not only the structure of the church itself is amazing and majestic, but also the view that you can admire from there is stunning.
Indeed, the church is positioned at the top of a hill (there are elevators but not for all the way, but a little bit of squats while walking up the stairs never killed anyone 😉 ) plus, since it’s positioned near the shore you can see both the sea and the city!
2 | Spot as many graffiti as possible while walking around the area “Le Panier”
Marseille is the oldest city of France so it’s worth taking a walk around the city centre, especially the neighbourhood ” Le Panier”, which happens to be the most characteristic part of the historical area, is the perfect place where to breath that typical air of Provence by seeing local shops and the very particular house architecture.
But on your way there you will also notice that around the city is full of beautiful wall drawings that give to it that modern touch. Indeed, Marseille’s graffiti can definitely be considered as an attraction of the city, they are very well done and usually they are drawn to decorate the building (and not to ruin it…), so keep an aye on the walls while walking around 😉
3 | Admire the Vieille Charité and the Pavillon Daviel while reaching the modern part of the city
From the old city centre to the modern part there are other few attractions which are great to see. The Vieille Charité is a very characteristic building that was once used as almshouse and is now functioning as a museum and cultural centre.
The Pavillon Daviel has also a new function compared to the past. Indeed, this impressive building was once the Justice Palace of the city while now is a very nice Hotel. Very interesting to see how the different buildings have given a new soul despite their exterior aspect is still the original one!
Finally, you’ll find yourself in the modern part of the city where you’ll notice that buildings have a more newer design plus, many shopping venues and loads of souvenir shops are positioned there 🙂
4 | Enjoy a romantic walk by the harbour
The harbour of Marseille is very-well known since the city itself was/is actually considered a port town. What is really nice about the port part closer to the city is that there’s a walking path, many nice bars and ice-cream places and a big Ferris wheel. I was there during the day but I believe that during the evening it would be wonderful to go for a walk there, especially during summer!
What about you? Have you ever been to Marseille? Which was you favourite attraction of the city? I’d love to hear about it!
Unfortunately these are not pictures I took because this unfortunate event happened 🙁 But I have to thank Adriana and Annalisa for letting me using the one they took!
If you want to read about my cruising experience in general I wrote this “Pros and Cons about going on a cruise” which might be helpful 🙂
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