Ah, Marseille. It’s only a 3 and a half hour train ride from Paris, full of sun and sea. Yet there are sometimes hesitations about visiting the city due to a prior seedy reputation, and to be honest, you can’t really understand their singing French. Furthermore, Gerard Depardieu’s portrayal of a corrupt mayor leading the city in the Netflix show “Marseille” always results in a dead body or two each episode. Yet you should have no fear of Marseille or of the Corsican mafia! Well, as far as we know, you should be fine as the ill erupted Marseille of days past is not to be found anywhere, as long as you make sure to stay away from the northern projects. Don’t let the eponymous Netflix series scare you away from visiting the second largest city in France. Here are our top three picks for what to see in the city:
1. Calanques tour – no visit to Marseille is complete without taking a marvelous boat tour to the neighboring city of Cassis to see the astounding calanques. They are some of the most astounding marvels of nature to be admired and are a bit difficult to get to without a car or a boat, so save yourself the hassle and get a bateau.
2. Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde – there are nice churches, there are historical churches and then there are nice historical churches with breathtaking views of the city, such as the Basillique Norte Dame de la Garde which overlooks Marseille and protects it.
3. Old Port – Take yourself for a spin around the Vieux Port (Old Port) of Marseille and find yourself steeped in thousands of years of maritime history, fish smells and ice cream shops.