If you’re looking to venture to the South of France, don’t pass up this spot loved by locals. You may be thinking how a well known city like Marseille made this list, but there’s more to it outside of the crowded city center. Come here to experience Les Calanques, or coves, where adrenaline junkies can jump off cliffs into the sea or you can lounge in the sun.
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Calanque de Sugiton
There are so many of these coves to discover that an entire area has been designated as the Parc National des Calanques. One of the most accessible of these coves is Calanque de Sugiton. If you arriving to Marseille by train or coach, from the main station take the public transportation bus #20 or #21 to the University of Luminy.
Sacre Cœur Basilica
Walk around Montmartre before heading up to the Sacré-Cœur BasilicaThe pretty bohemian Montmartre area used to be home to many artists such as Dali, Van Gogh and Picasso. Today, the neighbourhood thankfully retains its village-like charm because development has been restricted in the area. Walk around to take in the colourful cafes, interact with the caricature artists waiting to impress you and tour the patisseries, bookshops and perfumeries. Then head up the highest point in the city – the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which sits on a hill. You can climb till the dome of this Roman Catholic church or just sit in the park behind it, to admire its architecture.
Old Port of Marseille
4. Vieux-port (The old port of Marseille)My evening in Marseille ended with a stroll along the streets of this port which are well lit. You would be pleasantly surprised by the non-stop entertainment that has the visitors awestruck, at all times of the day. There is also some mouth watering street food. Especially if you love seafood, a spread awaits you. Try the bouillabaisse. I had to do away with the delicious desserts. To my delight, there was an entire street dedicated to sweets. I wasn't surprised by the diverse culture and cuisine in Marseille. It was after all a port side city that welcomed immigrants with open arms. The walk along the street had just so much to offer. I was glad that it even allowed me to catch a glimpse of the Marseille Cathedral. A cable car ride to the hilltop would have definitely been an ideal way to end the day. But there are some things which you must leave for a next time. My sweet tooth was satisfied at the end of one wonderful evening in the city. And this was enough to complete my visit to a lesser known piece of heaven, Marseille. Bonjour! =)