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Marseille – A Modern, Dynamic and “Reinvented” City

Your boarding port of Marseille Provence is a destination in itself, one that should not be missed. It makes an ideal curtain-raiser to your cruise. Located in the heart of
Provence, the area has countless places of interest and landscapes to be explored.

So, before you board your cruise ship, make a stopover in Marseille Provence !

A history going back 26 centuries, a rich heritage and breathtaking Provence scenery – that is Marseille. Here, sea and city intertwine,creating a perfect setting combining authentic, old quarters and modern architectural designs.

In 2013, Marseille underwent a major transformation : already famous for sites such as the Old Port, Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica -or “Bonne Mère”- and Corniche coastal drive, the city now boasts no fewer than eight new cultural venues and an Old Port remodelled as part of the European Capital of Culture year.


Joliette – J4

Joliette – J4© Camille Moirenc

Joliette – J4

Transformed and refurbished as part of the Euroméditerranée Project, La Joliette has become a centre for culture. It is home to the spectacular MuCEM, the Musée Regards de Provence and Villa Méditerranée, the Cathédrale de la Major and its “Voûtes” arcade and the brand new Terrasses du Port shopping centre.

A promenade links La Joliette with the “new” Old Port, offering visitors a pleasant waterfront stroll.

Old Port

Old Port© Camille Moirenc

Old Port

The famous Old Port, at the centre of Marseille’s image, has been refurbished to provide more space for visitors and locals to walk about and take in the sights -and maybe play with their reflections under the vast Norman Foster-designed sunshade.

Panier

Panier© Camille Moirenc

Panier

This is one of Marseille’s oldest quarters, crisscrossed with quaint cobbled streets and now home to art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bric-a-brac shops.

A paradise for explorers and strollers alike. The Panier is the site of the Vieille Charité Museum and the former Hôtel-Dieu hospital now a luxury

Notre Dame de la Garde

Notre Dame de la Garde© Camille Moirenc

Notre Dame de la Garde

The protector of fishermen dominates Marseille’s skyline and watches over the city - if legend is to be believed. This basilica has to be seen both for its interior and the spectacular panorama of the city.

Corniche

Corniche© Camille Moirenc

Corniche

Winding from the Old Port all the way to Pointe Rouge, the Corniche provides stunning views of the Mediterranean. From this coastal route you can see the Château d’If and the Frioul Islands and access the famous calanques, the ideal spot for a dip in the sea!

Longchamp

Longchamp© Camille Moirenc

Longchamp

A stone’s throw from the city centre, Longchamp and Cinq Avenues are traditional districts with elegant Haussman-style buildings. The Longchamp Palace, built at the end of the 19th century, is set in a pleasant park and houses the Museum of Fine Arts, Marseille’s oldest museum



 

Explore Marseille with the City Pass !

A true touristic and cultural passport, the City Pass enables you to visit the city thanks to its “all inclusive” formula. Valid 24-hours, 48-hours or 72-hours depending on what you choose, it will open the doors to all the city’s museums and give you free access to the entire tramway-subwaybus network.

For sale exclusively at the Tourism and Conference Office of Marseille or online http://resamarseille.com fares: 24€ for 24h, 31€ for 48h, and 39€ for 72h.