5 Marseille must-dos

In my opinion, Marseille is seriously underrated. The French port city is the second largest in France, but pretentious Paris steals the limelight.

If you’re looking for a sunny seaside destination with a bit of grit and a lot of energy, Marseille is for you.

Fresh fish, sea views and day trips await…

Marseille must-do 1: Calanques boat trip


The calanques are breathtakingly attractive. Boat trips around them leave daily from the New Port and epitomise a Marseille must-do.

Marseille must-do 2: Consume abundant seafood


It’s pretty hard to come to Marseille and not leave in awe at the freshness of the seafood. From salmon to squid, the city’s got you covered.

Marseille must-do 3: Aix-en-Provence day trip


If you have more than two days in the region, Aix-en-Provence (40 minute train ride away) won’t disappoint. We’re talking leafy boulevards, traditional markets and picturesque squares aplenty.

Marseille must-do 4: Hike up to Notre-Dame


OK, it’s more a walk than a hike, but that’s not to say getting to the city’s highest point isn’t steep. The golden statue famously watches over the city, whilst the only thing prettier than the church itself is the views over Marseille.

Marseille must-do 5: Explore the Old Town


The New Port is buzzy and (increasingly) polished, but for a chilled out wander cross over to the Old Port. Semi-pedestrianised and fully of winding roads and cute shops, it’s a lovely area to wile away an afternoon.

Want more advice and photos of fab European destinations? Check out Lisbon, Berlin and the Swiss Alps!

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