Things to Do in Marseille

Discover the endless excitement of Marseille, a bustling coastal city. Thanks to Funbooker, the ultimate platform for activity bookings, your adventure awaits. Explore the historic Vieux-Port, indulge in seafood delights, and dive into cultural wonders at MuCEM. Hike the Calanques for epic views. Marseille's magic is a Funbooker away!

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Funbooker's 20 Best Things To Do in Marseille

From a picturesque coastline, turquoise waters to a buzzing nightlife and culinary delights, France’s third biggest metropolis has tons of great things to offer for a weekend away, or longer! The Mediterranean port city has been a tourist hub for years, with people attracted by its archetypal Mediterranean atmosphere, its distinctively North African influences and its unbeatable bar, café and restaurant culture.

There are also plenty of galleries, museums and independent shops to get your teeth stuck into, as well as stunning landscapes around the city, such as the world-famous Calanques. What’s more, you won’t have to worry about the weather, as this part of the country enjoys blue skies and belting sunshine right through spring and summer! Check out Funbooker’s list of the 20 best things to do in Marseille!

11 Unmissable Places To Visit in Marseille

Marseille is home to a plethora of unmissable sites to visit during your stay, from the beautiful Old Port of Marseille to the stunning Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, with its breathtaking views of the city below. Discover Funbooker’s 15 must-see sites in Marseille.

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde

This stunning Basilica is a real emblem of the city of Marseille. Found on the top of a hill and built on the site of an ancient fort, La Bonne Mère offers a 360° view of the city and the Med. You can also take in the fabulous internal and external architecture of the basilica itself.

The Old Port - ‘Vieux Port’

The Old Port of Marseille is another one of the city’s most emblematic sites. Situated right in the city center at the end of the famous ‘Canebière’, the Old Port is awash with waterfront restaurants, stylish hotels and people enjoying the stunning evening sunset. A must-see for any visit to Marseille.

The Château d’If

This quaint little castle is situated on the Île d’If, the smallest island in the Frioul archipelago just off the coast of Marseille. Built in the 16th century, the castle offers a wonderful panoramic view of the sea around, and also hosts regular exhibitions within its walls. Well worth the quick boat ride over!

The Calanques

An emblematic feature of the Mediterranean coastline around Marseille, the Massif des Calanques is a wonderful natural terrain that stretches from the 9th arrondissement of the city right along the coast to the east. Discover stunning little creeks, hidden beaches and clear blue waters.

The Mucem

Take a trip back in time and visit the must-see Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean (Mucem), which has become one of the symbols of the new face of Marseille. Discover stunning exhibitions, amazing collections and unique events in the city’s primary cultural space.

The district of ‘le panier’

The ‘le panier’ district is the oldest neighborhood of the city. It is a perfect place to stroll around and let your mind be taken in by the narrow streets, small café-terraces, street art and calm and convivial atmosphere. Ideal for people who love just getting lost on a city weekend trip.

Marseille Cathedral

Also known as ‘La Major’, Marseille Cathedral is a stunning 19th century basilica that boasts byzantine-style façades and views over ‘La Joliette’. Remnants of the old cathedral dating back to the 12th-century can be found right next to the present day building. Worth a visit for history lovers!

The coasts and beaches

No trip to Marseille would be complete without a trip to one its beautiful beaches or little rocky outcrops where you can enjoy a day’s snorkeling, simply take in the sun or jump into the clear blue waters that remain warm for a good part of the year.

The Palais Longchamp

Nestled in the heart of the 4th arrondissement, the Palais Longchamp is an exquisite 19th century palace that houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Marseille Natural History Museum. Surrounding the historical monument is a beautiful park where you can enjoy a quiet moment away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Frioul archipelago

The Frioul islands is a stunning little group of four islets just opposite Marseille. Perfect for a little day trip on a boat from the Old Port, you can discover the crystal clear waters exposing the beautiful seabed, or pay a visit to the Château d’If with its panoramic views.

The Vélodrome

You can’t escape Olympique Marseille wherever you are in the city. The famous football club is at the heart of the city’s vibrant, cosmopolitan community, and a tour of the Stade Vélodrome is perfect for discovering more about this historic club and what it means to the locals.

9 Activities To Do in Marseille

Discover Funbooker’s top activities to do on your visit to the Mediterranean city.

Boat trip on the Med

Visit the Calanques with a cruise aboard an eco-friendly ship with Thibault. The day-long cruise departs from the Old Port and heads over to the stunning Calanques along the coast where you'll enjoy the wonderful cliffs, the calming pine trees and the breathtakingly turquoise water!

Visit Marseille on a Segway

Try something different and unique by discovering Marseille on a Segway. This fun and easy mode of transport lets you zoom around the city in total comfort without breaking a sweat. There are loads of different routes to choose from, so you’ll have a great day with friends and family!

Soap-making workshop

You might not know this, but Marseille is very famous for its soap! The Savon de Marseille is a world-renowned hard soap made from regional vegetable oils. Try out this unique, creative workshop and learn how to make your very own soap!

Duo massage with oriental oils

A wonderfully relaxing activity for a couple, this duo massage with precious oriental oils at a fantastic wellness center will leave you feeling completely invigorated and utterly at peace. Great after a long weekend spent taking in the city.

Hiking in the Calanques

The Calanques are known for their stunning cliffs, hidden creeks and clear blue waters, but did you know you can also visit them on foot? Try out a 4-hour adventure tour of the Calanques de Cassis. You'll enjoy postcard-perfect scenery accompanied by a local guide who will tell you all about the history of this wonderful coastline.

Rent a kayak on the sea

Sail to your heart's content between the port of Estaque and Rouet beach during this 15km kayak tour of the Calanques. What better way to take in the breathtaking scenery, enjoy the Mediterranean sea in all its glory and explore the exquisite little creeks and beaches on offer.

Pay a visit to the Musée de l’Illusion

This is one of Marseille’s more quirky attractions. The Museum of Illusion gives visitors the opportunity to test their senses, learn about perception, sight, and intellect. A great activity for the avid learner!

Indoor skydiving

Looking for the thrill of a skydive without the stress of jumping out of a plane? Look no further than this indoor skydiving center in Marseille. The Aix-Marseille wind tunnel free-fall simulator developed by iFly is a great experience for the adrenaline junkies among you!

Oenology and wine tasting courses

Wherever you are in France, you are never far from a wine tasting or wine-making experience. In Marseille, which is not far from the fabulous wine-making regions of Provence, why not try out a unique workshop that will enlighten you to the wonders of wine!