Organize your Marseille weekend, looking for a flight that will allow you to arrive in the city in the morning; in this way you can take advantage of the whole half day.
WEEKEND MARSEILLE, DAY 1
Start your tour by taking the subway, Joliette stop, to make a stop at the marvelous Cathedral Sainte Marie Majeure de Marseille, an impressive church built in 1896 and considered a national monument. Beautiful view of his silhouette from Quai de la Tourette. A neo-Byzantine style church with dimensions comparable to those of San Pietro in Rome. It is open every day, except Tuesday, from 10 to 17: 30 and in summer to 18: 30.
A few hundred meters from here, the center of the Vieille Charité, represents an appointment not to be missed during the Marseille Weekend. The complex brings together within it various Marseilles multicultural structures; museums, associations, schools, cinemas and much more. Many, and excellent, proposals throughout the year including activities, exhibitions, and temporary exhibitions. The building and the architecture are very beautiful. The musée d'archéologie méditerranéenne, housed on the first floor, it exhibits objects of Egyptian and classical antiquity; on the tenth floor, you will find the musée d'arts africains, océaniens et amérindiens (MAAOA). For a short break, there is in the complex, Charité Café
Continuing, in the direction of Old Port, traveling briefly Quai du Port, imperious stands out Fort St. Jean, fascinating Fort located at the beginning of the port that at the time of the Crusades, was used to transport troops to the Holy Land.
From 2013, there is a special museum (open every day, except Tuesday, from 11 to 18, full ticket: 12 €). Do not miss the Tour du Roy René and Tour du Fanal, which in ancient times served as Faro. From Forte you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city. On the opposite side, the strong St.Nicolas, another citadel located at the entrance to the port. The beautiful St.Jean promenade with the Migration Garden is beautiful. For info and reservations, you can consult the official MuCem website.
At this point bring to the area Old Port: here, the seafaring soul of the city is revealed. If you have time and desire, you can reach for it Rue de Bir Hakeim, with shops and Magazzini Lafayette. Alternatively, you can move to the area before sitting down to eat and drink in the shade of the two fortresses that guard the port. Fort Saint-Nicholas e Fort Saint-Jean. Il Vecchio Porto is full of bars, restaurants and bars. Stop by the sea and try some of the typical dishes of the city; to try the bouillabasse is an excellent fish soup. For the evening, keep in mind that people here love to have fun until late; you'll be spoiled for choice among bars, pubs and discos. Do not miss, however, a nice glass of wine for your magical evening.
WEEKEND MARSEILLE, DAY 2
As with any self-respecting tour, the second day is always the most challenging; by antonomasia, it is the one in which we will try to put all our energies down to see as many things as possible.
Set off for your second Marseilles Weekend, to discover the city's most "trendy" place, that is, Cours Julien. With the metro you have to get off Cours Julien / Notre Dame du Mont. There are many leisure areas, bookshops, bars, fountains and games for the little ones. Ideal, therefore, during a family vacation. The nearby Place Jean Jaurès, every Saturday and Sunday hosts the "La Plaine" market, an unmissable event for the inhabitants of Marseille and tourists; ideal place to make good deals, especially if you were to arrive early in the morning.
By metro, go to Estrangine Prefecture; once you get off, in just over 15 minutes of walking you will reach the beautiful Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde (dubbed La Bonne Mère) in Byzantine style, located on a hill 149 meters high, from which you can admire the panorama of the entire city. The basilica can be reached directly by bus, or after a nice walk to the top of the hill; desist if you are not athletic types! If you are here in mid-August, do not miss the Assumption celebrations; the city is filled with tourists and devotees. Info and available times on the official website.
From the Basilica, the bus n.60 takes you to San Victor a ten minute walk from your destination: the Palais and the Parc du Pharo, to Allée Dr Paul Louis Simond.
The splendid and historic 19th century Palace, built by Napoleon III for Queen Eugenie, is today a center for congresses and events. The Park, quiet, offers a spectacular view of the Old Port and the city. The gardens are open every day from 07 to 21 (in summer it closes at 22). For more info you can visit the official portal.
On foot, traveling Quai De Rive Neuve, you will find many typical restaurants. You can stop for lunch or, if you prefer, find something quick to put in your teeth. Nearby there are many supermarkets; a baguette stuffed according to your taste is not to be disdained. Before, or after the break, in the nearby Place Saint-Victor, on Rue Saint, do not miss the beautiful Abbaye Saint-Victor; an ancient abbey founded in the fifth century near the tombs of the martyrs. Of the ancient complex, remains the beautiful church that deserves a visit for the beautiful interior.
It's time to take a wonderful boat trip. From the old port, are organized every day, many excursions leading to the famous Chateau D'If, an ancient fortress built on a small island in the bay of Marseille. This is a former prison, made famous by the writer Alexandre Dumas for setting the Count of Monte Cristo here, and has become, today, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.
Frioul-If-express, offers an excellent crossing service at the cost of 10,80 € per round trip to the fortress. Ferries leave on average every hour; discounts are available for groups. On the official website of the company, more information. Castello d'If is open every day except Mondays and is charged € 5,50 for admission (free under 26).
Before returning to your hotel, you can enjoy an aperitif or a cocktail with the melody of a piano playing in the background of the "Lounge Le Carre", a chic venue in Boulevard Charles Livon. For your evening, however, we recommend the neighborhood Le Panier, one of the most characteristic and particular areas of Marseille, with its narrow cobbled streets and colorful and picturesque buildings.
WEEKEND MARSEILLE, DAY 3
Dedicate your last day of this Weekend in Marseille, relaxing and breathing the sea air. If it is the right time, bring your costume with you and reach the panoramic road of Marseille that runs along the sea. Dedicated to President Kennedy, it is the ideal place to walk and admire the most evocative points of the city; you will see the islands, and the Port d'Orient, a monumental arch built in honor of the fallen of the First World War.
Photo ©, Traleni
Right above the Corniche Kennedy, between the plage des Catalans and the Malmousque bay, you will find one of the most picturesque and picturesque places in Marseille: Vallon des Auffes. It is a small and traditional fishing port, built under a viaduct. You can reach it directly with the 83 and 583 buses, which cross the scenic road.
By continuing to walk, you will reach the beaches of the Prado, a real seaside paradise, built within the city; here you can surf, swim, lie in the sun and even skate! And if it was full winter, do not despair: it's still a spectacular sight.
If the sea air did not do it for you, alternatively, you could make a trip to the beautiful Parc Longchamp, visiting the homonymous Palace and the Chateau Borély that it houses a beautiful archaeological and painting museum. The park can be easily reached by underground, getting off at the bus stop Cinq Avenue Longchamp.