Top Attractions in Marseille France in Provence

Vieux port de Marseille 2

Vieux port de Marseille 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Marseille 2 (Photo credit: marcovdz)

Vieux-Port - Marseille

Vieux-Port – Marseille (Photo credit: Guillermo Fdez)

Top Attractions in Marseille

  1. Visit the Marseille equivalent to Montmartre, Le Panier is a fantastic history-woven quarter.

Artisan shops sell traditional products such as scented soaps, olive-wood carvings, homemade biscuits and chocolates. Have some pastis, the quintessential Provençal drink.

2.  The most picturesque part of town, the colorful Vieux Port (Old Port) with fishing boats and yachts and visitors. The lively waterfront has great restaurants and bars. I love the Bouillabaisse; a traditional Provençal fish stew originating from the port city of Marseille.

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3. Visit the Basilica Lady of the Guard (admission free; 7am-7pm) atop the city’s highest hill, La Garde (162m). This domed Byzantine basilica has superbly restored mosaics.

4. There are plenty of beaches: Plage des Catalans, Plage du Prophète and Plage du Prado.

For a Vino con Vista:

  1. Chez Fonfon  Rue du Vallon des Auffes, 7th arrondissement; bouillabaisse from euro
  2. La Part des Anges  Rue Sainte, 1st arrondissement; for savory charcuterie
  3. La Caravelle  Quai du Port, 2nd arrondissement; tapas bar with jazz on the weekends

Stay:

New Hotel de Marseille, http://www.new-hotel.com ; 71 Bd Charles Livon, 7th arrondissement ; with stunning views of the Vieux Port and the bay.

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