Marseille has become southern France’s must-visit destination in just a few years – and do you know why? It’s because it gets 300 days of sunshine a year; it’s because the people of Marseille always have a joke to tell you; it’s because the drinks flow well into the night, and it’s because creators and designers have set down their suitcases in the Old Port.
Summer is synonymous with Marseille
If you like pastis, MX is a must. Opened by Pernod-Ricard in the village Docks, it’s a site where old warehouses have been transformed into boutiques, restaurants and art galleries.
If you like snorkelling, Marseille is home to France’s first underwater museum. Start at Plage des Catalans, and you’ll find ten or so submerged statues just waiting to be discovered with your flippers, masks and snorkels.
Whether you like mountain bike courses or just fancy a bit of a bike ride with your family, there are some great routes for you to discover in Marseille and its surrounding areas. Discover our selection here.
Or maybe you’re more into pop art or rock? If so, Marseille’s for you! Jeff Koons and the Rolling Stones will be taking centre stage this summer!
I could even reveal some more of Marseille’s hidden gems, but better still would be for you to come and marvel at them yourselves. And as for soaking up the atmosphere, why not check out our 100% local book, film and artist recommendations. You’re gonna love it!
Aix en Provence, City of Cézanne
Come and discover Aix-en-Provence, just 25 minutes from Marseille. Take a break, catch your breath, enjoy the sun on a terrace, find the time escape from it all, or even just sit back and watch the world go by. In Aix, nothing is rushed!
Take a guided tour of old Aix to be sure not to miss any of the town’s charms. You’ll find its hidden scenery, prestigious past, architecture, heritage, and monuments, and enter distinctive hotels, but above all… you’ll be regaled with incredible stories!
Get to know the area through a born-and-bred native, Paul Cézanne, who is undoubtedly Aix-en-Provence’s most celebrated resident. Walk in the steps of this celebrated painter as you visit his Studio and the Bibémus Quarries.
In this city’s countryside, you’ll fall in love with the adorable villages nestled away in the hillsides, the Cézanne route with its magnificent panoramas, and the breath-taking landscapes of the Sainte-Victoire mountain. Don’t forget to stop off at one of the region’s 70 wine estates and savour a fresh glass of rosé.
Arles, city of Romans
Just 1 hour from Marseille, don’t skip Arles and the Camargue!
This city houses the highest number of roman artefacts outside of Rome. Each summer, the amphitheatre and the ancient theatre host concerts, shows and bull fighting events. A festival atmosphere is guaranteed in Easter and September!
And as for nature lovers, head to Camargue, where you’ll experience the wild and authentic impression of being at the end of the earth!