You are going to be spending some time in the ports you embark and disembark from. These aren’t just logistical points; they’re opportunities for further enrichment. Take an extra day to discover what’s beyond the harbour. It’s not merely about filling time; it’s about making the entire journey worthwhile.
Keeping in Touch
The exact location of your ship may not be known until closer to your joining time, you will be informed by email once the exact position has been confirmed. Make sure you take a note of the ship’s mobile/cell phone number with you in case you are delayed or there are any other problems on the day.
What to Do in Marseille, South of France
Marseille, steeped in a rich tapestry of history, beckons with its old-world charm. The iconic Notre-Dame de la Garde, a basilica perched on the city’s highest point, offers not only a historical visit but panoramic views of the city. Delve deeper into the past at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM), an architectural marvel bridging the old and new.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant Provençal culture. The streets of Le Panier, Marseille’s oldest neighbourhood, are lined with local artisans and cafes, perfect for experiencing the local way of life. Don’t miss the traditional markets like Noailles, where the scents and colours of the Mediterranean come alive.
Sites of Interest to a Sailor
The coastline around Marseille is a sight to behold. The Calanques, a series of limestone cliffs and coves stretching between Marseille and Cassis, are a natural wonder. The view of the Frioul archipelago, with its clear waters and windswept landscapes, is also a must-see.
As the sun sets, Marseille’s nightlife awakens. The Cours Julien and La Plaine areas are bustling with live music, bars, and a lively atmosphere. Theatre lovers can check out the Opera de Marseille for a touch of high culture.
Marseille’s culinary scene is a blend of French and Mediterranean flavours. You must try the bouillabaisse, a local fish stew. Le Panier district offers quaint bistros with a cosy ambience, while the Vieux-Port hosts upscale dining experiences with a view.
Nature enthusiasts can explore the Parc National des Calanques, offering hiking trails amidst breathtaking natural landscapes. The Prado Beaches provide a relaxing escape with their sandy shores and inviting waters.
Marseille’s unique blend of urban grit and natural beauty sets it apart. The multicultural vibe, combined with historical richness, creates an experience unlike any other French city.
For a luxurious stay, InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu offers stunning views and spa facilities. Alternatively, Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port provides high-end comfort with a maritime twist.
Official Tourist Website
For more information, visit Marseille Tourism.
Weather in Marseille
Marseille enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Winters are mild and wet, while summers are hot and dry. Spring and autumn offer comfortable temperatures with less crowding, ideal for exploring the city and its surroundings.
Sea and Beyond: A Responsible Mariner’s Guide
Since you’re already investing in a unique sailing adventure, why not extend that spirit to your travel choices? Opt for more sustainable methods of transport where possible like trains, coaches or sharing a car. If you fly, and we realise this may well be the case, you could research some ways to offset the carbon created by the flight.
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How to Get There
From the UK
Travelling from the UK, you have the option of flying directly to Marseille or taking the Eurostar to Paris and connecting to a TGV train to Marseille.
Within Europe, Marseille is well-connected by train, especially from major cities like Paris, Lyon, and Barcelona. Budget and regular flights are also available from various European cities.
From North America
Direct flights from major cities in North America to Marseille are limited but connecting flights via European hubs are readily available.
For Australian travellers, there are no direct flights. Typically, one would fly to a major European hub and then take a connecting flight to Marseille.