Practical Information: Marseille

Everything you need to know to enjoy your trip to Marseille: travel tips, best hotels, bars and restaurants, climate charts, useful contacts and more. Click here for our guides to Marseille-Provence airport at Marignane to rail travel to Marseille and to cruises from Marseille, the cruise ship port and the ferry terminals. logoClick here to book a hotel in Marseille


And, before you go, here is an armchair tour of Marseille's main attractions. Click on each image to read more.

Marseille taxiMarseille is a relatively easy city to get around, either on the public transport system or on a wide range of fun alternatives aimed at tourists.

72% Petanque shop, MarseilleThis is our guide to Marseille's best shops and where to buy the perfect gift or souvenir, haute couture and hot designers, arts and crafts, food and drink and antiques bargains.

LionelLevyOver the last few years, a wave of chefs has transformed Marseille's food scene and today it is one of the most vibrant, varied and inventive in France.

Gay Pride Marseille 2011Marseille has a rough-and-ready, even macho image. But the city's melting-pot population and cultural diversity create an easy-going vibe that makes it unusually gay- and lesbian-friendly.

Hotel La Residence du Vieux Port, MarseilleThis is our guide to the best parts of town and the best hotels and B&Bs in Marseille, a city which offers a wide choice of individualistic accommodation.

The sun card from the Tarot de MarseilleMarseille has a typical Mediterranean climate: you are reliably assured of hot weather in summer, while in winter the temperature rarely falls below freezing.

red telephoneEmbassies, consulates, emergency phone numbers, doctors, lawyers, bookshops, cinemas, churches: the essential checklist for English-speakers visiting Marseille.

Le Bar de la Marine, MarseilleIts bar culture still remains a little under-developed - especially late at night - but Marseille offers a wide variety of brasseries, cafés and friendly spots.

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