City Orientation Walk II, Marseille

Located on the Mediterranean coast of France, Marseille is the largest commercial port and the second most populous city in France. Being also the country's oldest, the city is known for its ancient heritage, distinctive culture, ethnic diversity and strong identity, all of which secures for Marseille the status of a major tourist destination. Follow this orientation walk to explore some of the top attractions of Marseille.
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City Orientation Walk II Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk II
Guide Location: France » Marseille (See other walking tours in Marseille)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: leticia
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La Canebiere

1) La Canebiere

Close to the Vieux Port and Le Panier, La Canèbiere is another of Marseille’s most important areas. It is the city’s biggest avenue, and it represents the wealth that Marseille once possessed and gladly displayed. The huge, ornate buildings and elegant hotels that once stood on each side of the street have now mostly been converted into restaurants, shops or offices, but they still conserve some of their previous grandeur. The avenue stretches almost one kilometer from the Vieux Port, and...   view more
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Old Harbor (Vieux-Port)

2) Old Harbor (Vieux-Port) (must see)

The Old Port of Marseille, or Vieux-Port, is located at the end of the Canebière. In 600 BC, Greek settlers from Phocaea landed in the Lacydon, a rocky Mediterranean cove, now the site of the Old Port of Marseille. They set up a trading post in the hills on the northern shore. Until the nineteenth century the Old Port remained the center of maritime activity in Marseille. The great St. Victor's Abbey was gradually built between the third and ninth centuries on the hills to the south of the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Basilique St. Victor

3) Basilique St. Victor (must see)

The Abbey of St. Victor, or Basilique St. Victor, is a late Roman former monastic foundation named after the local soldier saint and martyr, Victor of Marseilles.

In about 415, John Cassian founded two monasteries of St. Victor at Marseille, one for men (the later Abbey of St. Victor), the other for women. In the fifth century the monastery of St. Victor and the church of Marseille were greatly troubled by the Semipelagian heresy, and the layman Hilary and Saint Prosper of Aquitaine begged...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Cours Honore-d'Estienne-d'Orves

4) Cours Honore-d'Estienne-d'Orves

The centre of Marseille has several pedestrianised zones. One of them is Cours Honoré-d'Estienne-d'Orves, a large square off the Vieux-Port. e...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Opéra Municipal

5) Opéra Municipal

L’Opéra de Marseille, or Opéra Municipal, dates from its opening on 4 December 1924. It features a classic urn-shaped auditorium, three rings of boxes, two balconies and a gallery. A large sculpted frieze by sculptor Antoine Bourdelle frames the stage. In 1685, the city was the second in France after Bordeaux to have an opera house which was erected on a tennis court.

However, the first real theater, the Grand-Théâtre was constructed in 1787. During its period of great opulence...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Rue Paradis

6) Rue Paradis

In keeping with the neighboring rue de Rome, rue Paradis, one of the most fashionable and top-end shopping areas of Marseille, established as far back as 1044, is soon to get a major and largely deserved “face-lift” of its own, between the squares of Estrangin and General de Gaulle, en route to La Canebière. The works include widening sidewalks, creating functional areas for deliveries, arranging parking and planting of trees, all of which are due to be completed by early 2018. Previously,...   view more
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Rue St. Ferréol

7) Rue St. Ferréol (must see)

This bustling pedestrian street is the heart of Marseille's shopping district. A large variety of boutiques, galleries, superstores guarantee that you will find anything you are looking for. Shopping spots include the Galleries Lafayette, H&M, Sephora, Mango, Zara, the Virgin Megastore, and many...   view more
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Rue de Rome

8) Rue de Rome

If you're into fashion at reasonable prices, Rue de Rome is your place. Young girls and youngsters regularly storm the area's numerous shoe-, clothes-, and accessories stores for a quality gear at remarkably low prices. One such spot is Monoprix, commonly referred to as "Baze" after its founder, a human-size supermarket with a broad range of inexpensive goods and generous opening hours. Rue de Rome is also home to some traditional shops like Le Père Blaize, a herb outlet...   view more
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Cours Julien

9) Cours Julien (must see)

This beautiful garden is a fashionable area in Marseille offering bars, restaurants, theaters and concert halls. Today it is one of the most beautiful and well kept public gardens in the city and the art and music capital of the region. The huge fountain in the square and the playground draws in local families as well as...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Marseille, France

Create Your Own Walk in Marseille

Create Your Own Walk in Marseille

Creating your own self-guided walk in Marseille is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Marseille

Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Marseille

Marseille, as a main trading center, has a huge number of specialty shops. They range from olive oil, coffee and tea to old-fashioned toys, famous Marseille soap and carved wooden creche figurines (santons). Take this tour and discover yet another side of this wonderful city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Leisure and Relaxation Tour in Marseille

Leisure and Relaxation Tour in Marseille

Marseille has vast green spaces, many interesting parks and gardens and some small historic parks. Most of the gardens and parks of Marseille are fairly new. These locations are a good place for visitors to relax, tucked away from the bustle of city life.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 11.0 km
Historical Walking Tour in Marseille

Historical Walking Tour in Marseille

As Marseilles is the oldest city in France, it has a lot to offer visitors interested in history. It has many ancient buildings and churches of historical interest. All of these ancient buildings are very popular among tourists and have a rich history. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most interesting constructions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Art Gallery Walk in Marseille

Art Gallery Walk in Marseille

As the oldest city in France, Marseille has rich history and traditions that led to the development of the city as the main cultural center of the region. Here visitors can enjoy galleries of science and technology, photography, general and local history and culture, architecture and design. This tour will take you through the best of them.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

Located on the Mediterranean coast of France, Marseille is the largest commercial port and the second most populous city in France. Being also the country's oldest, the city is known for its ancient heritage, distinctive culture, ethnic diversity and strong identity, all of which secures for Marseille the status of a major tourist destination. Follow this orientation walk to explore some of the top attractions of Marseille.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Walking the Best Religious Sites of Marseille

Walking the Best Religious Sites of Marseille

Marseille is rich in sacred places, religious sights and buildings. Most of them represent Roman-Byzantine style and wouldn’t leave you indifferent. Often their interior is decorated with inlaid marble, mosaics and murals.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km