Tourist attractions in and around Marseille

Marseille cathedral blue_quartz/Flickr

Marseille cathedral ©blue_quartz/Flickr

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and most popular French cities, Marseille owns tens or even hundreds of fascinating visitor attractions. Its surrounding area is also very attractive. In case you are looking for a great destination in France, choose Marseille and you will have an unforgettable vacation. There are several great tourist attractions in and around Marseille, including the Old Port of Marseille, the Abbey of St. Victor, the beautiful Marseille cathedral, the Frioul Archipelago, a portion of the Massif des Calanques and others. Choose any of these wonderful attractions or visit all of them. You won’t regret this decision!

The Old Port of Marseille

Well-known among visitors, the Old Port of Marseille is one of the highlights of the city. It is also named the Vieux-Port and it is a major visitor attraction within the city, being the main harbor of Marseille. The Old Port is also considered one of the main spots in case you want to eat a delicious meal. There are lots of restaurants and cafés here which attract numerous visitors. The port is guarded by two forts and includes further attractions, too.

Old Port of Marseille Nouhailler/Flickr

Old Port of Marseille ©Nouhailler/Flickr

The Abbey of St. Victor

The Abbey of St. Victor is considered one of Europe’s oldest religious structures. The highlights of the abbey, the catacombs and its crypt date from the 5th century. It is dedicated to the saint of the city, Victor of Marseille. If you would like to visit the ruins of an ancient structure, this abbey is the right sight for you.

The Marseille cathedral

A breathtaking visitor attraction of the city is the wonderful cathedral named the Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral and was built between 1852 and 1896, using the features of Byzantine-Roman architectural style. The cathedral is a national monument of France and a major landmark of Marseille, attracting numerous visitors yearly.

Marseille cathedral blue_quartz/Flickr

Marseille cathedral ©blue_quartz/Flickr

The Frioul Archipelago

As I already mentioned it, the surroundings of the city are also very attractive, being home to several astonishing tourist attractions. Such site is the Frioul Archipelago. Located in the Bay of Marseille, the islands are popular among tourists.

The archipelago is accessible by ferry from the Vieux-Port and it is formed of 4 islands: Pomègues, If, Ratonneau and Tiboulain. The island of If is famous for its chateau named the Château d’If which appears in the novel of Alexandre Dumas, “The Count of Monte Cristo”.

Chateau d'If blue_quartz/Flickr

Chateau d’If ©blue_quartz/Flickr

The Massif des Calanques

Another natural attraction of the surrounding area of Marseille is a portion of the Massif des Calanques. These limestone mountains are famous for their wildness. The massif is very popular among rock climbers and hikers.

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