Marseille tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: Marseille is perhaps not a tourist town but is one of the most vibrant and exciting port towns in France

Marseille is situated in the Bouches-du-Rhone department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Marseille. For detailed visitor information see the Marseille travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Marseille include "town of art and history".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Marseille in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Popular places to visit nearby include Cassis at 16 km and Aubagne at 16 km.

Marseille, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Calanques at Marseille

Calanques at Marseille

Scenery at 12 km (direction south-south-east)

The white cliffs of the Calanques de Marseille plunging into the deep...

See Calanques at Marseille guide


Seaside resort at 16 km (direction east-south-east)

The harbour area of Cassis, its beach and proximity to the Calanques...

See Cassis guide


at 16 km (direction east)

The small market town of Aubagne is best known for its association...

See Aubagne guide


Seaside resort at 18 km (direction west-north-west)

Slightly outside the main Riviera, the beaches and coastal paths of Carry-le-Rouet...

See Carry-le-Rouet guide
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Route des Cretes

Route des Cretes

Scenery at 20 km (direction east-south-east)

The Route des Cretes between Cassis and La Ciotat is a beautiful...

See Route des Cretes guide
La Ciotat

La Ciotat

at 23 km (direction east-south-east)

The attractive harbour and numerous chapels in the old town are the...

See La Ciotat guide


at 26 km (direction north-north-east)

The vibrant town of Aix-en-Provence is a traditional Provence town, with many...

See Aix-en-Provence guide


at 29 km (direction west-north-west)

The harbour area and quaint fishermen cottages is the principal attraction in...

See Martigues guide


Seaside resort at 30 km (direction east-south-east), in the Var department

The beaches such as Les Lecques, the forest and the pleasant town...

See Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer guide


Seaside resort at 35 km (direction east-south-east), in the Var department

The beach and the harbour, the bustling old town and the vineyards...

See Bandol guide


Seaside resort at 40 km (direction east-south-east), in the Var department

The historic boats and the palm trees around the pretty harbour are...

See Sanary-sur-Mer guide


at 44 km (direction east-north-east), in the Var department

The principal monument here in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume is the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine...

See Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume guide


at 44 km (direction north-west)

The castle and Collegiale church of Saint-Laurent are among the principal places...

See Salon-de-Provence guide


at 46 km (direction north-north-east), in the Vaucluse department

Pertuis is a small Provencal town to the south of the Luberon...

See Pertuis guide

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Markets in and near Marseille

Market days in Marseille: weekly market: every day;

  • Marseille: market every day (0km)
  • Allauch: market Wednesday (10km)
  • Carnoux-en-Provence: market Thursday & Saturday (16km)
  • Cassis: market Wednesday & Friday (16km)
  • Aubagne: market Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday & Friday (16km)
  • Bouc-Bel-Air: market Sunday (18km)
  • Carry-le-Rouet: market Tuesday & Friday (18km)
  • Marignane: market Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday (19km)
  • Chateauneuf-les-Martigues: market Friday (19km)
  • Gardanne: market Wednesday & Sunday & Friday (19km)

More information about Marseille, Provence

Tourist attractions near Marseille, France

What to do at Marseille? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Marseille.

Grand sites of France

  • Montagne Sainte-Victoire (35km)

National Monuments

  • Chateau d'If (1km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc du 26e Centenaire (2km)
  • Parc Borély (4km)
  • Jardin de la Magalone (4km)
  • Parc Longchamp (4km)
  • Jardin d'Albertas (18km)
  • Parc municipal du Mugel (24km)
  • Jardin d'Eguilles (31km)
  • Jardin du château de Val Joanis (46km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Calanque (10km)
  • Cap Canaille (16km)
  • Cap Canaille (Cassis) (18km)
  • Calanque de Figuerolles (23km)
  • Parc du Mugel (24km)
  • Massif de la Sainte-Baume (31km)
  • Cap Sicié (48km)

Amusement park / theme park

  • OK Corral (27km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoo de La Barben (39km)

Geography and distances

Marseille is in the south-east of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Bouches-du-Rhone department (general information: Marseille is 661 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Marseille

Canton: Marseille

Arrondissement: Marseille

Department: Bouches-du-Rhone

Region: Provence

Postcode: 13000

Distance to Marseille

from Marseille (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 661 km

from Calais: 892 km

from Nice: 160 km

from Bordeaux: 505 km

from Strasbourg: 616 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into the airport at Marseille or drive from the UK with a journey time of around 10-11 hours. For driving distances to Marseille from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have found no other towns and villages within

This page in French: Visiter Marseille


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