You may remember that I went to Marseille a few weeks ago (back when it was gorgeous and sunny), we just went for the day on the train so I thought I would write up my little guide on how to spend one day in France's City of the South.
First up the weather:
Marseille is in the south of France, so the weather is super nice a lot of the time! In Summer it gets really hot, but being by the sea there is a nice breeze! We visited in October and it was super hot- hot enough to sunbathe and tan. Seriously!
Lyon's Old Port is the first place you should head to when you get into Lyon. It's here where there are loads of places to eat and drink set around a horseshoe shaped marina and port. It's ridiculously scenic and the best place to explore.
My best recommendation is to walk around the marina, enjoy the boats and the sites and find where you want to eat or drink.
It was when we walked around that we shot this summery look. To give you an idea of the temperature we shot this at abut 9 in the morning, my leggings came off and stayed off for the rest of the day!
If you are going to eat you MUST make sure you get some seafood to eat! It's super fresh and there's plenty of it to go around- I had some amazing mussels and fries.
Get Up Early
I know this is a painful tip, especially when you are on your holidays and you don't want to get up early. But I promise you it's worth it in Marseille- we didn't even mean to enjoy the city early in the morning but that's when the cheap train tickets were and we're cheap skates.
On that note if you are looking to get about France for cheap you should check out the sister website to SNCF for trains Ouigo. Ouigo runs their own trains on a few lines and they are way cheaper!
So back to getting into Marseille nice and early. If you get into the Old Port nice and early you'll be treated to an amazing sight - the local fresh fish market. When I say fresh I mean it - you watch the boats come in and sell their fish straight away!
It's really fun to walk around and take everything in!
Cathedrale de la Major
If you walk around the port to your right you will not only have a lovely walk but you will reach the Cathedral which is good for your dose of culture!
Go To The Beach
When the weather is so nice you will definitely want to find a nice beach to lie in. The good thing about Marseille is that there are loads of beaches that are easy to access from the city and even the Old Port.
You can find loads of beaches at this link, but we went to Plage Des Catalans which is a short bus from the Old Port. It's small but nice and sandy and not too busy- probably because it was October so there was only locals.
As much as I enjoyed our day trip to Marseille I found there was a few more unsavoury elements than I expected. There were a LOT of streets that I was glad that I was with Matty, which is a shame.
So I would remind you to keep your senses about you and be careful - like any city really!
So that's all my tips for Marseille, I'm afraid there are not too many of them but you will have to forgive me because we lay on a beach for 4 hours!
Have you been to Marseille before? What do you recommend?