Some say Marseille is the Berlin of France. And now you’ve got our attention! A few possible reasons for this comparison lie in the fact that Marseille is a little rough around the edges, and not a pristine resort town. Also in the same way that Berlin is different from all other cities in Germany, Marseille is different from the rest of France. It’s the perfect weekend destination from all over Europe.
Let’s get inspired for a city trip to Marseille! We’ve found some interesting things around the web that will get you excited for your next holiday.
GOOGLE NIGHT WALK IN MARSEILLE
Explore the night streets of the city of Marseille from the comfort of home. This creative project is inspired by Julie de Muer’s Sound Walks, and is a collaboration between Mediamonks, 72andSunny Amsterdam, Promenades Sonores and Google.
Follow Julie through the streets and alleys while listening to the soothing voice of Christophe explain the sights to you. Watch on a mobile device and turn the screen for a 360 view of your surroundings. Stop and check out street art, watch a video of musicians or learn about a local recipe.
Truly an amazing tour and a wonderful use of technology. Check it out here: Google Night Walk in Marseille.
LET ANTHONY BOURDAIN WHET YOUR APPETITE FOR MARSEILLE
Our buddy Tony takes a trip to Marseille in Season 6 of his show Parts Unknown. His travel companion is none other than chef Eric Ripert from Michelin-starred Le Bernardin in New York.
The pair travel around the area, eating fresh seafood and French cheeses, watching divers, and goofing around. It’s a great way to get acquainted with the Marseille area and get inspired for your next trip.
You can watch excerpts from the episode on the CNN website.
A FEW OF MARSEILLE’S SPECIAL SECRETS
- Do you enjoy the anise-flavored liqueur pastis? Then you must make a visit to La Maison du Pastis in Marseille. The shop stocks around 80 varieties of pastis as well as absinthe, other beverages and regional foods.
- Between Marseille and Cassis the terrain of the coastline is called the Calanques, a rugged landscape of stoney cliffs and inlets. Take a hike or boat in the Parc National des Calanques. The best time to visit the calanques is probably March through May, when temperatures are moderate. It can get very hot in the summer but that is perfect for swimming!
- Are you a fan of football? Marseille will host the UEFA Cup in the summer of 2016.
- Take a walk in Le Panier, a hilly section of the city center with lots of stairways and pastel buildings.
- Try the amazing handmade black ice cream from Vanille Noir.
- Marseille is officially the sunniest city in France, but watch out for the Mistral and Sirocco winds.
- Did you know the most common design of tarot cards get their name from the city?
- The new MuCEM museum is a stunning architectural work that houses interesting exhibits about the Mediterranean and beyond.
Beautiful artworks of Marseille by Monsieur Zielenkiewicz
FOLLOW THESE MARSEILLE BLOGS FOR LOCAL TIPS
Check out these Marseille blogs for drinking, dining, nightlife, fashion and the best local tips and advice. Just hit the translate button if you don’t read French. No problem!
- Les Marseillaises
- Oh Marcel!
- MyLittleParis is a popular blog and they have a Marseille site as well
- check out the city tourism website too
- Look at the lovely 12hrs guide to Marseille
GETTING TO MARSEILLE BY TRAIN OR PLANE
TRAIN: Marseille is only about 3 hours from Paris by train. That makes it easy to reach from cities like Brussels, Amsterdam, London. It’s also about 7 hours to Milan and less than 5 hours to Barcelona. Check Captain Train to compare prices for train routes across France, Germany and beyond!
PLANE: Marseille has a great international airport with flights arriving from all around the world. It is just a quick flight from Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid or Frankfurt making Marseille a perfect destination for a weekend trip. Check Skyscanner for prices on airlines like KLM or discount services like EasyJet or RyanAir.