Marseille and the coast in a day

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When you disembark for your stop in Marseille, you probably want to see the city centre and the coast? This itinerary takes you on a tour of essential Marseille in a day. You could spend the morning in the MuCEM, a museum dedicated to the history of Marseille since it was founded, set in a brand-new, stylish building. Before lunch, go for a stroll around the old Panier district en route to the Café des Épices. The afternoon will fly by as you visit the calanque in Port-Miou and go shopping in Cassis.

The MuCEM: a fascinating insight into the history of the Med

Musée des Civilisations d'Europe et Méditerranée Mucem 7 promenade Robert Laffont 13002 Marseille

To make the most of your time, begin your tour of Marseille at the MuCEM, the new city icon at the crossroads of several civilisations through the ages. This 40,000-sq.m museum symbolises the new face of Marseille's city centre. A stunning box-like structure designed by the architect Rudy Ricciotti, the museum contains various permanent and temporary exhibition spaces related to Mediterranean civilisations. After your visit, take a walk around the gardens of Tour Saint-Jean followed by a breather on the museum's roof terrace.

Distance from cruise terminal : 15 min

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Old Marseille and the Panier district

Le Vieux Marseille et Le Panier 13002 Marseille

After the MuCEM, make your way down into old Marseille to explore its historic buildings, narrow streets and the pretty terraces and boutiques in the vibrant Panier district behind the town hall. Look out for the Maison Diamantée, the Pavillon Daviel, and the Vieille Charité cultural complex. Marseille remains a timeless city and its ancient sites are still there to be seen, such as Grand-Rue laid over a Roman road and Place de Lenche which sits on the former Roman marketplace.

Distance from cruise terminal : 15 min

A thousand and one flavours at Café des Epices

Le Café des Epices 4 rue Du Lacydon 13002 Marseille

For a meal to create memories of Marseille to take away with you, we recommend this excellent restaurant endorsed by the Tables 13 guide. This small modern bistro located behind the town hall offers traditional but inventive cuisine. The limited menu promises dishes made from fresh, local produce.

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Port-Miou: one of the most beautiful calanques in Provence

Calanque de Port Miou

After lunch it's time to leave the city and head to the coast. The shores between Marseille and Cassis are punctuated by majestic calanques (creeks) and are one of the region's iconic natural landmarks. Accessible from Cassis, Port-Miou is a deep and narrow calanque that was quarried long ago for its limestone rock. Port-Miou does not have its own beach but you'll find a number of footpaths leading to other coves where you can lay out your towel and peacefully admire the rugged landscape and sparkling sea.

Distance from cruise terminal : 1h

Shopping in Cassis for Provençal souvenirs

To conclude your day, make your back to Cassis to pick up some lovely souvenirs from the shops at its picturesque port. Whether you're looking for artisanal products, home decorations, clothes, accessories or jewellery made by local designers, the pleasant shopping streets in Cassis have it all.

Distance from cruise terminal : 1h

Can't-miss experiences

  • Visiting the MuCEM's roof terrace to enjoy a 360-degree view of the city and sea
  • Browsing the little Provençal market on Place Baragnon in Cassis (Wednesday and Friday mornings)

We love

  • Jumping from the metropolis to the sea, from the city to the countryside in the space of a day
  • Discovering the new sea front in Marseille

The best time to visit

  • Late September to sip wine in the calanque of Port-Miou during the Vendanges Étoilées food and wine festival in Cassis
  • In February for Candlemas in Marseille
  • Theme

    Cruise

  • Duration

    1 day

  • Transport means

    By public transport, Personal vehicle

  • Visited cities

    Marseille, Cassis

  • Ideal for

    All year round

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