Leisure in Marseille


If you have settled in Marseille, you will probably wonder about the leisure activities available in the city. Here is an overview.

Originally, Marseille is a historically and culturally rich city. So if you are settling there, you should definitely take the time to explore it during your free time, whether alone or with your family. Known as the “Phocaean City”, Marseille offers a wide range of leisure activities for all ages. Note that Marseille was also named the “European Capital of Culture” in 2013.

Culture and history

Why not start by visiting the main places of interest, namely the Vieille Charité which is found in the historical neighborhood of Panier? You might also be interest to see the Vieux Port area where permanent exhibitions and other events are held regularly. Following is a non exhaustive list of places that are not to be missed:

  • Le Vieux-Port
  • La Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde
  • Les Calanques
  • Le Palais Longchamp
  • La Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeur de Marseille
  • Le Fort Saint-Jean
  • L’Abbaye Saint-Victor de Marseille
  • Le Château d’If
  • Le Musée d’histoire de Marseille
  • La Vieille Charité
  • L’archipel du Frioul
  • Le Stade Vélodrome
  • La Calanque de Morgiou
  • La Grotte Cosquer
  • L’Observatoire de Marseille

If you want to go shopping, you should head towards La Canebière, Vieux Port, the Opera area, not to mention the shopping streets of Paradis, Grignan, Saint Ferréol, La Promenade de la Corniche, etc.

Let's not forget about Marseille's museums, namely the Roman Docks, the Archeological Museum, the Cabinet des Monnaies, the Cantini Museum, among others.

Markets and fairs

Markets and fairs are an undeniable part of the Southern French lifestyle. Hence, you are likely to find several lively and colorful markets across the city, namely in Capucins, La Plaine, etc. Vieux Port, for its part, is famous for its daily fish market. Cours Julien's market is open on Wednesday only.


Nature lovers will be delighted to find many gardens and parks around the city, namely the Palais du Pharo with its stunning sea views. The Old Port and Commercial Port's entrances are also surrounded by green spaces. You may also want to the the Borély Park with its small abundant vegetation and small lake, the Longchamp Palace, the Prado Beach, the Cosquer cave and the Magalone Garden.


Sports are also very popular in Marseille, so you won't have trouble in keeping fit. You can thus choose from various land, water and aero sports such as model aircraft, helicopter, gliding, ballooning, diving, canyoning, sailing, kayaking, surfing, beach tennis, boxing, etc. Find more information in the “Useful links” below.

 Useful links: – Leisure in Marseille Forum
Sports in Marseille
Culture Marseille
Marseille Tourism Portal – Leisure in Marseille
Wondercity – Kids activities

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