Leisure and Relaxation Tour in Marseille, 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.
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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Leisure and Relaxation Tour in Marseille Map

Guide Name: Leisure and Relaxation Tour in Marseille
Guide Location: France » Marseille (See other walking tours in Marseille)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 11.0 km
Author: kane
Campagne Pastre (Parc Montredon Pastre)

1) Campagne Pastre (Parc Montredon Pastre)

The Montredon Pastré Park is a large, historical park occupying a 112 hectare natural area. The park consists of a picturesque countryside surrounding a terrific 19th century farmhouse. The site includes two small lakes, hiking trails and a winding canal. The Ceramics Museum, a 19th century country house and Pastré Chateau are also located in this park.
Parc Borély

2) Parc Borély (must see)

Parc Borély is a public municipal park that is classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France. The park is 17 hectares in size and has three different gardens.

Parc Borély was created in the 17th century by a French ship owner and merchant, Joseph Borely, who bought land for a country house in the area of Marseille called Bonneveine. When Louis-Joseph Borély inherited the domain in 1770, he commissioned the landscape architect Embry to create a Garden à la française. In the middle of the 19th century, the land passed first to Paulin Talabot, director of the new PLM railroad which connected Paris to Marseille; and then the land was acquired by the city of Marseille.

The city commissioned landscape architect Adolphe Alphande to design a park with three distinct parts; a French garden, an English landscape park, and a track for horse racing by the side of the sea. A number of wooden pavilions were constructed; just one remains, the former pavilion by the lake, which had also served as a botanical laboratory of the Institut Colonial. From 1880 until 1915, the park was the site of a botanical garden, which moved to a different site adjoining the park. In 2002, a promenade of two hectares was laid out between the park and sea.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Le Jardin de Magalone

3) Le Jardin de Magalone

Jardin de la Magalone is a public park listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France. The garden is 1.4 hectares in size, and surrounds an 18th-century bastide, or Provencal manor house. Two terraces, embellished with fountains representing the Rhône and the Saône Rivers, separate the house from the garden. The garden is laid out following the principles of a classical French Garden, with parterres, broderie of box wood, statues representing the four seasons, and two basins.

The bastide was begun in the 17th century, then resumed in 1713 and continued during the 18th century. In 1891 Madame de Ferry, who inherited the property, restored the bastide and commissioned the noted landscape architect Édouard André to create a modern version of a classic garden. She brought in stone basins, fountains, and statues, five of which came originally from the Château Grignan. The property was purchased by the city of Marseille in the 1980s. The bastide now is the home of the Cité de la musique, which organizes concerts and conferences in the bastide and the garden.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Parc de la Maison Blanche

4) Parc de la Maison Blanche

Parc de la Maison Blanche was constructed in 1840. This wonderful park and manor house includes many historical aspects. For example, many of the trees date to the beginning of the 19th century. The city of Marseille bought the park from a Swiss family in 1978 and has maintained its beauty to this day.
Parc des Bruyères

5) Parc des Bruyères

The Parc des Bruyères is a great place to take a relaxing nature walk. It is a place where nature makes its presence felt. This park contains a vast area of land (250 acres) nestled in the Eveque Valley. One of the unique traits of this park is its various altitudes. The landscape is pleasing to both children and adults, offering several playgrounds and two refreshing man-made lakes.

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.
Daily Life in Marseille

Daily Life in 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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 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
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
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
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
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

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.