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All the Marseille atmosphere
The Old Port of Marseille

Taste the Marseille atmosphere! At any time of the day, the Old Port will seduce you! Starting point towards the Frioul islands and the Château d'If, it stretches from the Palais de Pharo to Fort Saint Jean and takes you to the MuCEM. Wide choice of restaurants, enchanting and authentic landscape, it has everything to please! Take the time to stroll along the quays while observing the various monuments that you will come across on your way and on the horizon. Admire the change of colors of the Old Port at dusk. A magical spectacle! The ideal partner for your visit to Marseille, the Carré Vieux Port Hotel is located in the heart of this historic district.

The good mother Our Lady of the Guard

A flagship monument of Marseille, La Bonne Mère has watched over Marseille for 800 years at an altitude of 150m. Dear to Marseillais, Notre-Dame de la Garde is a
place steeped in history with remarkable architecture. As you explore the interior, you will see many sailor offerings, dedicated to the Virgin. Visible from the
Old Port, the golden statue of the Virgin and Child overlooks Marseille
from the top of the Garde hill. At dusk, come and admire illuminated Marseille. The Carré Vieux Port Hotel is a 30-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride from the basilica. & Nbsp;

Wild marseille The Frioul Islands and the Chateau d'If

Château d'If is accessible by shuttle from the Old Port. This prison, made famous thanks to the novel by Monte-Cristo, offers a magnificent view of Marseille. The Frioul Island is wild, but you will find a small port and a few restaurants there. Stroll through the paths to discover splendid coves! & Nbsp; & nbsp;

Walk idea On the Old Port

The Old Port is located at the bottom of the Canebière, it is the oldest port in the city (6th century BC). It also represents a historic and cultural center. During your trip, you will feel the gentle breeze of the wind and you will see a traditional fish market as well as boats like the famous Ferry Boat. You will have a breathtaking view of Notre-Dame de la Garde. Take the opportunity to take a cruise to admire the Calanques.

Idea for a walk My program in 1 day

Marseille was not built in 1 day, so it is difficult to visit it in less than 24 hours ...

However, here is what I suggest you do first, at a leisurely pace.

Wake up 8 hours after an excellent night at the Hotel Carré Vieux Port ... I get strength at breakfast and I gather my things to be ready at 9 am at the reception. Don't forget the sunscreens and hats.

What to do ... Calanques or If / Frioul? In summer, I will opt for the circuit with 6 creeks and swimming, but if it is a little cool, the 12 creeks circuit also seems very interesting to me. In the event of a moderate mistral, a visit to Chateau d'If and Frioul seems more suitable to me. Total time approximately 3h30.

Back to the Old Port of Marseille, it's time to eat. Cours Estienne d'Orves with the Bistrot de l'Horloge or Vieux Port with the Brasserie de OM or MuCEM with the Halles de la Major.

2pm, we're off again! Visit of the MuCEM esplanade. I don't have enough time to do the exhibition, but the inside walk in the "belly" of MuCEM is to be done! I go up via Fort Saint Jean and take a short photo break to admire the Pharo, the entrance to the Old Port, Notre Dame de la Garde, the Cathedral of the Major ... in short, the souvenir spot not to be missed.

Then, I continue my way returning to the center of the Old Port. I decided to take the little train to visit Notre Dame de la Garde via the Corniche ... Obviously, I could have done it on foot or by bus but I make the most of our beautiful city of Marseille.

After visiting Notre Dame, I go back on foot to discover the small alleys of Marseille and take a little tour of the shops in the city center: rue Saint Féréol, rue Paradis, rue Sainte ... foot.

Finally back to the Carré Vieux Port hotel! A busy day ...

If I still have a little strength left, I'll have a drink at the Bar de la Marine or on the Cours d'Estienne d'Orves. And for the restaurant, I reserve Chez Michel to eat the best bouillabaisse in Marseille! reservation strongly recommended.

Jewel of Marseille Provence 2013 MuCEM

MuCEM has many assets: original architecture, a place between land and sea and of course new exhibitions. Admire the Old Port from a new perspective as you stroll along the J4 esplanade and cross the footbridge connecting the MuCEM to Fort Saint-Jean. An exceptional view awaits you! Located on the Old Port, our 3-star hotel in Marseille is 15 minutes away walk from MuCEM.

Historic heart of Marseille The Quartier du Panier

Discover the charm of the Panier district, located 500m from the hotel. Le Panier will offer you an authentic experience along picturesque alleys in the colors of a Mediterranean village. Discover the shops, artist or artisan, offering products originating from the city: Marseille soap or the famous shuttles. Do not forget to visit the Vielle Charité, a key monument of the city.

We love shopping! Les Terrasses du Port

"Les Terrasses du Port" is a huge shopping center with more than 190 shops! You will find a wide variety of signs and you can stroll on the huge balcony that runs along the building with a magnificent view of the sea and cruise ships. A catering and hall section are located on the ground and top floors.

Our emblem Le satde Velodrome (Orange Velodrome)

Coming to Marseille without taking a detour through the stadium is like visiting the Louvre without stopping in front of La Joconde ...

Besides, you can visit it. Information available from the Tourist Office located a few meters from the Carré Vieux Port hotel.

Unmissable by its size and its history Major Cathedral

This cathedral, sober, majestic, intriguing, in a Romano-Byzantine style, will seduce you. His style is totally offbeat in this rapidly changing environment! From the Carré Vieux Port Hotel, you can walk along the quay of the port, arrive at the MuCEM and then continue along the quays to discover the Major Cathedral. From the renovated esplanade, you can observe a magnificent panorama over the harbor of Marseille.

True haven of peace Longchamp Palace

The Palais Longchamp is distinguished by its sumptuous architecture, its gardens, fountains and waterfalls. You can visit the Museum of Natural History, Fine Arts, as well as the Observatory. Take a break in the Longchamp Park and, at dusk, stroll through its gardens where games of water and light will enchant you. The Hotel is a 30-minute walk or 15 minutes by metro.

Closest to your hotel Catalans Beach

Access is very easy, you must walk along the port to the Pharo and then descend to the Catalans. Right next to it, you will find the Cercle des Nageurs where the greatest Marseille sportsmen train. A professional beach volleyball court is installed there. The beach is monitored. For dining, an excellent pizzeria is on the beach and you will have a wide choice going up a little on the Corniche.

Nature discovery in Marseille Creeks

The Old Port is the starting point for visiting the creeks. A cove is an advance of the sea inland, revealing cliffs and wild vegetation. The water is clear and limpid! Diving, climbing or swimming are authorized. Sormiou, Sugiton, Port-Miou and many others are accessible by sea and by footpaths. The entire Hotel team will certify the quality of your expedition to the creeks!

New place to live The Joliette Docks

Five words to define this newly opened place: fashion, design, food, leisure and market. This 19th century building has been completely renovated in recent years with offices on the upper floors and an innovative living space on the ground floor. You will find atypical and design shops as well as restaurants. The village is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. for restaurants.

Walk idea Head for Fort Saint-Jean

Fort Saint-Jean is known for its constructions which lasted from the 12th to the 17th century. This building is made up of 3 mounds, including those of Saint-Laurent, mills and Carmelites. During your journey, you can cross a footbridge to visit the museum of European and Mediterranean civilizations and its various exhibitions. This place also shelters a covered way decorated with emblematic plantations of the Mediterranean.