The Siberian American: Five Things You Must Do in Marseille, France

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Five Things You Must Do in Marseille, France

I’m back today with another post in my five things series! With the weather warming up, I’ve been dreaming lately about the gorgeous days we spent in Marseille. Marseille was a city that completely surprised me. One of my college French professors put it on my radar, and when we did our big tour of France, I put it on our itinerary, not really knowing what to expect. Marseille completely blew me away, and I dream of going back someday! I am excited to share five things I think you must do in this gorgeous city.

Vieux Port
The old port of Marseille has been around for 26 centuries. It’s a beautiful area to walk and is lined with bars and cafes, so you can sit outside and enjoy the view!

Chateau d’If
The Chateau d’If was made famous by Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. Unlike Edmond Dant├Ęs, no one ever escaped the prison, but we loved taking a boat ride to see just how isolated it was. Not only is Chateau d’If an interesting historical landmark, but the views from it are stunning!

Basilique de Notre Dame de la Garde
Getting to the top of the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Garde is a bit of a climb, but the view you get is absolutely worth it. The basilica is the highest point of the city (at 162 meters) and offers panoramic views that took my breath away. The inside of the basilica is gorgeous, too!

Marseille church view

Les Calanques
Speaking of things that took my breath away, Marseille’s calanques weren’t even part of our itinerary when we first arrived in the city. Thankfully, I saw an advertisement for them and realized we had to change our plans to include them. Let’s just say they made my top five favorite European memories ever. The hike up to them wasn’t bad at all, and the view was simply incredible. I loved seeing them from the top, but I would love to go back and see them from the sea someday!

Take a Boat Ride
As a gorgeous city on the Mediterranean, I think it’s important to see Marseille from the water! We opted to take a longer boat ride to Chateau d’If, so we could enjoy the beauty of seeing Marseille from a boat.

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  1. I love when you do these posts and can totally see why you loved visiting Marseille so much-- it looks so gorgeous!

  2. So the first thing that I thought of when I saw this post was The Count Of Monte Cristo! I had no idea that Chateau d'If was a real place, but that's so cool that you actually got to visit it! Marseille looks absolutely beautiful!

  3. So beautiful! Our Europe trip is less than 8 weeks away. So Excited!

  4. So, so pretty! I love the landscape of Europe. And the history. It's some of the best. I went to France the summer after 6th grade. I remember disliking Paris (small town kid wasn't keen on any cities at that point), but I loved the smaller cities and towns and the countryside!

  5. Such a beautiful city! We stopped here on our Mediterranean cruise, and I fell in love with the town and the old port area. Sitting outside enjoying a crepe at a cafe, buying local soaps, and the ferris wheel - love! I had no idea the Count of Monte Cristo was based there, now I can't wait to re-watch the movie <3
    Green Fashionista

  6. Looks gorgeous! I'm so bummed we're not making it to Europe this summer because Marseille was high up on my list, even more so than Paris. I just love cities/towns on the coast and your photos just show how pretty it is there. I'll make it there eventually (hopefully sooner than later).

  7. This is so so so gorgeous! I've honestly never thought too much about marseille. I love how scenic it is. Coastal cities are some of my favorites. :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  8. um, yes please! i would love to go back to france and see more than paris. one day!

  9. I've never made it to Marseille, but it seems beautiful!! My sister got to spend six months in the region to finish her book a few years ago. She was living in a monestary off the side of a cliff - it was the most gorgeous view I've ever seen! I really loved the Chagall museum in Nice when I went to the south of France, but I don't remember much more than that that (and a brief day trip to Monaco!).

    1. Wow, your sister's time in France sounds amazing! The South of France is just full of so many stunning views!


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