Daily Life in Marseille, Marseille

When you take this route, you'll have the opportunity to visit spots of locals' everyday life and get a glimpse of what it is like to live in Marseille. Come early at the harbor to see fishermen departing into the sea, do some shopping at a local market, enjoy a cup of coffee in the café around the corner. You will have a lot of fun on this tour.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Daily Life in Marseille Map

Guide Name: Daily Life in Marseille
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: 3.3 km
Author: kane
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University of the Mediterranean

1) University of the Mediterranean

The University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II is a French university in the Academy of Aix and Marseille. Historically, it was part of the University of Aix-Marseille based across the communes of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille in southern France. It has 24,000 students. The university is particularly strong in sciences, sport sciences, engineering, economic science and management.

The Université d'Aix-en-Provence was initially created in 1413 by Louis II de Provence. In 1791, like every university in France, it was dissolved and the faculties were dispersed between the two cities of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille and became autonomous. On 21 April 1881 by decree of the city council the medical school was opened at the palais du Pharo by the Vieux Port, Marseille. In 1969, two universities were established between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. In 1973, the third was created (Université d'Aix-Marseille III). In 1994, the Université d'Aix-Marseille II took the name of Université de la Méditerranée.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Paroisse Saint Cannat

2) Paroisse Saint Cannat

The Église Saint-Cannat is a Roman Catholic church in Marseille, located in the 1st arrondissement of Marseille. This local church was founded by the Dominicans in the 16th century and it stands today in the very center of the city. The main architectural design of the building is late Baroque. Take a peek inside to admire the richly decorated interior. The church has a few works of art. Two paintings by Michel Serre (1658-1733) are displayed in the church: La vierge à l’enfant et le purgatoire and La purification de la Vierge. There is also a painting by Pierre Parrocel (1664–1739), representing the baptism of Christ. Additionally, one can see a sculpture of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (1873–1897) designed by François Carli (1872-1957). The pipe organ, designed by Jean-Esprit Isnard (1707-1781), dates back to 1747.

Operation hours: Monday & Thursday 9 am - 1 pm, Wednesday 9 am - 7 pm, Tuesday & Friday 9 am - 12 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Marché aux Poissons

3) Marché aux Poissons

Capture the essence of Marseille at the early morning fish market that opens here daily. Fishermen’s wives sell high-quality fresh fish in the Vieux-Port. It is all weighed, gutted and scaled on the spot. This market reflects the spirit of Provence. It is the right place to come for a true cultural experience.
Opening hours: 7:30 - 12:30
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Place aux Huiles

4) Place aux Huiles

Place aux Huiles is famous for its great assortment of olive oils. You can see, taste and buy many different kinds of olive oil with or without special herbs and other plants or flowers. You can taste the different oils on a piece of bread and when you have made your choice the oil is bottled for you.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Marché Puget Estrangin

5) Marché Puget Estrangin

Marché Puget Estrangin is a lively food market situated on the Cours Pierre Puget. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the place also serves as a fairground. And a colorful flower market is held here every Monday as well.
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Cafés Debout

6) Cafés Debout

Cafés Debout is located behind the Opéra house. It may be small in size, but it offers good quality products. It's a real pleasure to come and taste a cup of tea or coffee of your choice, while nibbling a square of rich dark chocolate. The walls are decorated with souvenirs and shelf upon shelf of ornate coffee pots. You'll enjoy both the food and the design of the place.
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O'Stop

7) O'Stop

O'Stop is located in an area of Marseille known for its "American" flavor. It is the best place for those who've been busy painting Marseille red all night. O'Stop takes full advantage of its antiquated round-the-clock permit. The café seats no more than 12 people. Expect to meet an eclectic mix of cops, crew of the opera and teenagers with red eyes, all engrossed in their fish, meat and poultry plats.
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Puyricard

8) Puyricard

This store features a variety of traditional pastries and chocolates. The treats available here include chocolates stuffed with almond paste, candied fruits, caramels, dragees, soft fruit pastilles and candied chestnuts. Try the chocolates with almond paste (pate d'amande) or une Marseillotte (a delightful type of biscuit).
Operating hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00-19:00.
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Marché de la Plaine

9) Marché de la Plaine

This is quite a market! Tables of fruits and vegetables are aligned as far as the eye can see. The stall holders are forever announcing their latest promotions. If you're lucky, you can find exquisite brands of perfumes at throw-away prices. The people of Marseille come here to hunt for bargains. The market is open every week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Operating hours: Tue, Thu, Sat: 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

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.
Sweet Tooth Tour in Marseille

Sweet Tooth Tour in Marseille

Marseille boasts a number of wonderful little shops catering to the sweet tooth, offering chocolates, truffles, cookies and other pastries. Take this tour to sample a few select shops within a pleasant walk of the city center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Marseille's Museums Walking Tour

Marseille's Museums Walking Tour

Marseille, as the oldest city of France, has a rich history. It is home of diverse museums and galleries. Many of them are beautiful and interesting buildings which have become important landmarks. This walking tour will take you to them to know better understand French history and culture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 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
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

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: 3.4 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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Marseille for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Marseille has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Marseille, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.