One very awkward englishman, boldly goes…

Top 7 places to visit

1. The DukeUltra hip bar in Endoume- 5 mins walk from the Vieux Port. Very irregular opening times.

2. La Caravelle – Fantastic balcony. Perfect for people spotting. Overlooks the Vieux Port.

3. Vallons de AuffesBeautiful tiny port just off the Corniche. A lovely selection of places to eat, as well as a sheltered pool to swim through the summer.

4. La Vieille CharitéMuseum situated next to the Vieux Port.

5. The CalanquesProtected nature reserves made up of rocky outcrops and beautiful clear inlets.


6. Notre Dame de la Garde – Ornate Neo-Byzantine Basillica, and the most famous landmark in Marseille. Stunning Views. Click the Image below for my post with more details…

7. Abbaye Saint Victor Incredibly historic Abbaye which dates back to the 5th Century. Some increble artifacts lie within. Well worth a visit. I will put up a longer report shortly…



10 responses

  1. Love it! We do private boat tours and swimming in the calanques. And they are, without a doubt, things people rank as the best travel experiences of their lives 🙂

    January 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  2. I used to work at Vanderbilt University’s Department of French & Italian. They have a study abroad program in Aix-en-Provence and take the students to the Calanques. We enjoyed our visit to Marseilles a few years ago.

    February 1, 2012 at 12:57 am

  3. Jacques

    Hello – you forgot to mention Notre Dame de la Garde and l’Eglise Saint Victor….
    Even if you’re not religious these places are great to visit: the first because EVERYONE goes there – if only for the view or to light a candle when things get desperate – and the second because it’s possibly the oldest Church in France, the crypt is amazing, and during the first week of February for Candlemas thousands of marseillais (who never darken the doors of the Church normalement) crowd in…
    Haven’t you noticed all the statues of the Virgin Mary on the street corners? Only 1% of the population go to Church in Marseille, but, in their own personal way they’re a pretty spiritual bunch.
    It might not be your thing – but I thought the point of your blog was to discover les différences – so….enjoy broadening your vision.
    Mind how you go.

    March 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  4. Hi Jacques, many thanks. I totally agree.

    Yes I have visited both, and I actually live in St Victor so I know the Abbey and Notre Dame well. No problem, I will add to this list very soon. It was done in a hurry, and is far from comprehensive.

    All the best,


    March 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm

  5. Jacques

    Thanks for replying.
    I left Marseille quite recently after a few years of living there. I love the city – it smells (wait until it rains in the summertime when the bin men have been on strike for a few weeks) it’s chaotic, poor, dangerous in places and sometimes feels as if it is going to explode.
    But it is a great, great city – that isn’t pretentious, doesn’t try and charm and smarm (the French would talk of séduire), and isn’t in the slightest bit chippy about not being the capital city in the way some English towns like Manchester and Liverpool are. Marseille is Marseille first and foremost: Fidèle à elle-même. I’ll always have great affection for the place. Enjoy your stay there. Try and get to La Sainte Baume when you need a break (also mentioned in the National Geographic number you talk of) – the northern-facing woods are a vestige of the last ice age’s retreat and in high provençcal summer it feels like a little bit of green and pleasant England where everywhere else is wonderful pin parasols and chirping cicadas and blinding summer sun. Enjoy!

    March 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    • Yes I know exactly what you mean. For me it has a very unique culture, unlike anywhere else in France. I love the fact it is very honest and less dressed up than further round the coast. I’m still learning about it, but I have felt very happy so far.

      Many thanks for comments, and I will definitely try your suggestion.

      All the best,


      March 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm

  6. wow, looks gorgeous!

    March 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

  7. I was just in the south of France a few weeks ago and we decided to skip Marseille – I’m beginning to regret that after seeing your blog. Next time!

    March 26, 2012 at 3:09 am

  8. I haven’t been to Marseille, but will have to correct that on my next visit to France. Great photos.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm

  9. Ah, I should have seen this blog before going to Marseille, especially when it comes to bars and restaurants 😀 Enjoy your stay there!

    June 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

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