Marseille is the undiscovered jewel in the crown of France’s Mediterranean coastline. Rocky Provençal hills look down onto the ancient port and the thousands of boats docked in its clear blue waters. Painters and other artists have all been seduced by the sunny climate and the hustle-and-bustle of the town. France’s second city has all you could ask for—beautiful beaches, ancient buildings, thriving arts, and a diverse and dynamic nightlife. Welcome to a place fiercely proud of its unique cultural heritage—Planète Mars.

Facts

Population

Metropolitan area of Marseille: 1 600 000

Currency

1 Euro (EUR) = 100 cents

Opening hours

Normal opening hours for shops are 10 am to 7 pm Monday to Saturday. Reduced hours or closed on Sunday.

Newspapers

La Provence Marseille L’Hebdo Marseille Plus Le Monde Le Figaro Vento (events weekly)

Tourist information

Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Marseille 4, La Canebière, in the centre Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 9 am-7 pm (1st Sept-30th June) 9 am-7.30 pm (1st July-31st August). Sunday/Public Holidays 10 am-5 pm +33 8 26 50 05 00

Travel to Marseille

Book your flight to Marseille, France through Etihad Airways to visit one of France’s most historic cities. Marseille has a rich history and was heavily involved in the commerce and the affairs of the nation. With ancient wonders and prosperous heritage dating back to 600 BC, it is no wonder Marseille was named as the European Capital of Culture in 2013.

Top 5 Things to Do in Marseille

  • Travel through the steep hills and stand atop the Basilique de Notre-Dame de la Garde and appreciate the spectacular views of this iconic, ancient church
  • Slip back in time to Marseille's old city centre, Le Panier, and wander around its picturesque streets famous for charming shops and restaurants
  • Explore the Musée d'Archeologie Méditerranée for amazing galleries from around the world including Africa, Mexico, Egypt and many more
  • Take a relaxing stroll to Parc Borély, a famous and beautiful park that also features a botanical garden
  • Dip your feet or go for a swim at the stunning and sandy beaches of Plage de la Pointe Rouge

Plan Your Marseille Holiday

If you are planning to visit Marseille, you will be delighted to find many historical and stylish attractions. If you are looking for historical sites, check out the Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et la Méditerranée for a fresh look at the Mediterranean cultures.

With Etihad Airways' Deals section, amazing flight deals to Marseille are easy to find. Select affordable flight deals in the spring season that starts from March and lasts till June. If you are planning to make a summer trip, we highly recommend you to book your hotel and tickets to Marseille several months in advance as Marseille is a tourist hot spot. To find cheap hotels in Marseille, visit during the winter season from November to February.

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