Marseille Travel Guide
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- 98%Art & Design Lovers
- 76%History Buffs
- 52%Local Culture
- 51%Adventure Travelers
- 51%Nightlife Lovers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (54)
- MarseilleJan 24, 2014
Wonderful, sunny city.The Château wasn't spectacular, but the boat trip to get there was nice with amazing views. ALso good seafood for sale at themarket places, nice restaurants, very nice atmosphere: Street artists, people dancing in the street, etc...You can easily get a cheap hotel (30 to 40 euros) next to the train station. Didn't go around the city much, but in the 2 days I stayed, I didn't encounter any problems. Very, very hot in the summer though...
- MarseilleMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Jan 02, 2014
Like an aging glamour queen who's partied too hard, Marseille is slightly gritty and a little dangereuse. She's still lively, hip enough, and sells great soap.
- MarseilleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 26, 2013
In 2005 I spent three lovely days in Marseille during which I visited Chateu D'If, climbed the hill to Notre Dame de la Gard Cathedral and made my way through the bars and cafes of Vieux Port.
- MarseilleMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
Marseille is a sultry Mediterranean seaport. It bustles with the hustle of immigrants trying to make ends meets for the families there, back in Africa and the Middle East. For inveterate fans of Alexander Dumas and his 'Count of Monte Cristo' a visit to Chateau d'If (the French version of Alcatraz) is de rigueur, for sure. You can even see the cell of the man in the iron mask! One of my top ten skateparks is in Marseille. Curvaceous concrete curves complement those on the topless beach just steps away. Vive le France!
- MarseilleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 17, 2013
Marseille gets a bit of a bad reputation in France and elsewhere in Europe for its gritty landscape and high crime rate. While the grittier areas are prevalent along the northern parts of the city and being vigilant remains advised, it's a beautiful sun-kissed city. For one thing, on average it has 300 days of sunshine per year. The locals are friendly, the diversity abounds in religion and cultures, and the plentiful amount of seafood makes Marseille a worthwhile stop along the South of France. Also, did I mention the Old Port is gorgeous during the day and night?
- MarseilleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jun 16, 2013
Marseille is gritty and has a bad reputation but I loved it. The areas near the seaside are gorgeous -- but you'll definitely find the grit as you move in farther from the water. The cultural diversity and excellent food here are major highlights. This is also an easy transit point to / from the less hectic parts of Provence.
- MarseilleSep 28, 2012
We had a hotel for 3 nights in Marseilles, we were driving down from the beautiful Sarlat, so when we get to Marseilles it was kind of a shocker. Very industrialized, lots of homeless (hadn't seen so many in Europe), heard there is a lot of crime.
All in all we stayed there for a few hours and got out and stayed somewhere else.
I think unless you've seen the whole entire France and really have a good reason to go to Marseilles, go check out other places. We didn't research how marseilles was before we booked and went there. It just sounded like a nice place on the Mediterranean ;)!
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