Top 4 Things To Do When Visiting Marseille

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!


This is just a tiny bit of the amazing view you can admire over there!

2 | Spot as many graffiti as possible while walking around the area “Le Panier”14571916_10202597538214940_1202069999_o.jpg

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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  • Reply Claire Marie

    Your photos (or the ones your friends took haha) are beautiful!! I may have to plan a visit. Too funny about the graffiti

    17/10/2016 at 23:19
  • Reply Rosie

    Great timing on this article Lisa – I’m off to Marseille in two weeks, and though I’ve been before (seven years ago or so…) it’s nice to have a fresh perspective on the must-sees of Marseille! Fab street art pictures, I’ll have to keep an eye out 🙂

    17/10/2016 at 23:29
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Ahhh what a coincidence! So glad this post is useful! Enjoy your trip there and I can’t wait to hear about your experience Rosie 🙂

      17/10/2016 at 23:34
  • Reply Debbie

    Lisa! Thank you for this caring report. So many helpful tips. You seem to have had a wonderful cruise. I’m so happy for you. Lovely to reconnect with you, Lisa. Sending blessings your way.
    Debbie ☺

    18/10/2016 at 3:49
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Hello Debbie! So glad to hear you! Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment! Have a wonderful day 🙂

      18/10/2016 at 9:00
  • Reply Catherine Heigle

    I’m from Detroit, and your description makes Marseilles seem like a kindred spirit of a city- a bit rough around the edges but all the more interesting for it. Such beautiful photographs and a convincing bid for Marseilles as a destination. I’m ashamed to say I lived in southwest France for a year and never went there- not sure why; I don’t recall being particularly intimidated.

    18/10/2016 at 12:53
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      I have to say that despite I go to south of France every year I’ve also never considered to pass by this city! I’m glad I had the chance though! Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

      18/10/2016 at 15:44
  • Reply Tay

    Hi Lisa, Marseille looks awesome! I’ve only been to Paris in France but always hear about the rest of the country and how beautiful it is too. I need to come back to check the rest of it out!

    18/10/2016 at 17:21
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Ohh I hope you’ll manage to visit the south of France soon because it’s sooo beautiful and full of amazing views! Thanks for reading and commenting Tay! 🙂

      18/10/2016 at 18:34
  • Reply sileas

    Oh finally the cruise report – I was looking forward to this one 🙂 Never been to Marseille or even Cote d’Azur unfortunately… I think cities by the sea have something very appealing, so I’m sure I’d enjoy it there too!

    18/10/2016 at 18:12
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Haha yes finally! Thank you for Reading Julia! And yes, I totally agree, cities by the sea have something special and the Cote D’Azure is the perfect place where to live this feeling! 🙂

      18/10/2016 at 18:35
  • Reply Silvia Demick

    I have never been to Marseille but now I feel like I have to go! Last year I planned a short break to the South of France and opted for Avignon – next time I’ll definitely go to Marseille 🙂

    18/10/2016 at 22:00
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh I have never been to Avignon and would like to go there next time so we might swap destination!haha thank you for reading Silvia 🙂

      18/10/2016 at 22:51
  • Reply Blueberry Stories

    I’ve been to Marseille once, on my way back from Spain, but the harbour is the only part I remember… I definitely need to go back and see more! 🙂

    19/10/2016 at 10:54
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      I’m glad to hear this post makes you wanna go back! Thank you for reading Ilenia! 🙂

      19/10/2016 at 14:40
  • Reply Melissa

    Wow, This is amazing, Lisa! Marseille is truly a beautiful city. I hope I can visit there one day! Kisses from the Philippines!

    Melissa the Mermaid ♥
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    19/10/2016 at 21:29
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  • Reply Maria

    Marseille looks great and is a French city I would love to visit. I love street art too 🙂

    22/10/2016 at 18:05
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