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First time going to Marseilles? We want you to make the most out of your car hire Marseilles experience. For this reason, we've enlisted the help of a local travel expert to help get you on your way. Follow these useful travel tips and enjoy the best that Marseilles can give.
See: For the best panoramic view of the city, climb up Notre-Dame de la Garde. The city’s nautical past (and present) is clear in this basilica: sailboats hang from the ceiling, anchors are incorporated into the décor, and there’s a special blessing for fishermen lost at sea. For a closer look at Marseille’s waterfront culture, visit Vieux-Port: the bustling harbour is filled with fishing boats and lined with seafood restaurants.
Shop: The massive flea market is a sight to be seen, with indoor and outdoor stalls selling everything from African carved animals and antique furniture to hand-knit sweaters and freshly-killed chickens. If you’re craving fresh fish, look no further than the Marché Aux Poissons, a daily fixture at the Vieux Port docks. Some of the creatures are still swimming in water tanks and you can see the merchants’ tiny boats behind them. Cours Julien is lined with speciality music shops, and it hosts various morning markets: fresh flowers on Wednesday and Saturday, antique books every other Saturday and stamps or antique books on Sunday.
Eat: Marseille’s distinct cuisine is heavily influenced by its position on the Mediterranean sea and in the sunny Provence region. Seafood, garlic, olive oil and fresh produce are key elements of traditional Marseille fare, like aioli and tapenade.
Rue Longue-des-Capucins and Rue d’Aubagne is where you’ll find the North African beat of the city. This multicultural market street is lively and full of couscous, Egyptian flat bread and chickpeas. If you’re on a budget, head away from the overpriced food at the port and indulge in African specialties on the cheap at Ivoire Restaurant.
Feel like splurging? The city’s signature dish is bouillabaisse, a seafood stew with saffron and tomato overtones. Served with rouille, a garlic mayonnaise, on grilled slices of bread, you often have to reserve at least two servings a day in advance. For the city’s best seafood specialties and a killer sunset view, book at table at Péron.
Drink:Pastis is the unofficial drink of Marseille: the cloudy mint green drinks areas popular with old French men as boules. Order un Ricard to try the anise-flavored liquor that became popular after absinthe was banned. Generally served in a glass of ice with a jug of water, you can make it as strong or as weak as you please (the general rule is about five parts water to one part pastis). Pastis is also popular served with flavoured syrup, like mint or orgeat.
Stay: Marseille’s most historic hotel is also one of its most luxurious. Since opening in 1816, the Grand Hotel Beauveau has hosted Chopin and George Sands, although a massive recent renovation has brought it completely up to modern standards of opulence. For a well-located hotel with a few plush amenities, check out New Hotel Vieux Port or Hotel Saint Ferreol. Vertigo Vieux-Port features exposed timber, an airy loft, unlimited Wifi, brand-new bathroom and kitchen facilities: the perfect combination of modern amenities and neighborhood character for the budget-conscious traveler.
Walk:Le Panier is the oldest neighborhood in the city, a mix of rejuvenation and dilapidation. The traditional first stop for immigrants fresh off the boats, it’s been a focus of many urban renewal efforts. While the narrow winding streets and brightly-colored shutters are often picturesque, you can’t ignore the burned-out cars, anti-authority graffiti and trash crowding your feet.
Get Out: Need to feel the sea breeze in your hair? Take the boat out toChateau d’If, an island fortress at the mouth of the port that was built as a deterrent to potential invaders. It worked so well that it never saw combat and eventually became a prison, with its prime advantage similar to that of Alcatraz: it’s awfully tough to escape. It was also the setting for The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas.
Escape the hustle of the city and take to the cliffs in Cassis: a short drive or bus ride along the coast leads this small fishing port and its dramatic cliffs overlooking the turquoise Mediterranean sea. On a sunny day, the rocks fill with lazy sun-worshippers and daring cliff-jumpers.
Listen: Marseille is the center of the French hip-hop scene, with pioneering rap groups like IAM calling the city home and many more trying to make it big. For a more traditional take, head to the beautiful Marseille Opera House. Open in its present-day art deco building since 1924, it stages six or seven operas each year.
Avoid: Multicultural Marseille is often skipped by tourists because of its reputation as a hotbed of crime; however, it’s no more dangerous than any other major French city. Keep your wits about you and don’t flash valuables. Although at night, you might want to avoid the Belsunce area, southwest of the train station bounded by La Canebière, cours Belsunce and rue d’Aix, rue Bernard du Bois and blvd d’Athènes.