Marseille has successfully transformed into a modern urban centre whilst retaining its charming culture and history. The city's past traces back to 600 BC when Greek sailors established a trading port in what is now Marseille's Vieux Port. Historically, the city was a hub for commercial trade because of its important seaport. Nowadays, the harbour still plays a pivotal role as fishing is an important economic activity in addition to business that passes through the docks. On top of this, the city is home to a significant number of companies and is a vital research centre.
Things to do in Marseille
History and culture buffs will love everything about Marseille, France's oldest city. There are 24 museums to be explored and 42 theatres to visit not to mention beautiful beaches and significant landmarks that abound in the city. Stroll through pedestrian-only streets, relax at a square, shop or dine with friends. Guests on flights to Marseille will discover for themselves that the city has an almost unlimited supply of things to see and will be spoiled for choice.
When visiting Marseille, be sure to:
Ramble along Le Panier or the Old Town considered the cultural heart of Marseille
Visit MuCEM (Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée) with its outstanding galleries on Mediterranean civilisations
Stroll along the Old Harbour or Vieux Port and enjoy the bustling waterfront with its fishing boats and sumptuous restaurants
Go to the hilltop location of the spectacular Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde with its impressive interior
Pay a visit to Basilique Saint-Victor and explore its turreted towers and crypt
Take a ferry to Château d'If for its history, picturesque location, nature, beaches and cliffs
Explore the Vieille Charité with its outstanding exhibitions of contemporary art
Admire Byzantine and Romanesque style of architecture of the Cathédrale de la Major
Walk along the esplanade of Cours Belsunce with its colourful flower kiosks and shops
Get to know the history of Marseille at the Musée d'Histoire de Marseille
Marseille Provence Airport is the primary airport serving the city with 35 scheduled airlines flying to 100 destinations in 25 countries. It is capable of handling more than 8 million passengers in a year. The airport boasts of modern amenities for passengers including restaurants, ATMs and shops. It consists of two terminals: MP1 and MP2. Most budget flights arrive in and leave from MP2.
The airport is located 27 km northwest of the city centre.
There are several ways to get to the city and the airport: bus, train, taxi, shuttle and car rental. Take the Navette Marseille Aeroport's bus service to the Marseille Gare St. Charles and from there, get a taxi to final destination. Coaches also serve other cities in the vicinity including ski resorts. By train, hop on the Airport Train Shuttle to connect to the Vitrolles Aeroport Marseille Provence Station. Rental cars are located outside of the car park while a fleet of taxis are available for passengers by reservation.
Airport codeMRSThe IATA code of the arrival airport on flights to Marseille is MRS
Popular AirlineRyanairMost popular airline flying to Marseille