5 charming places in Marseille's surroundings

Marseille is a destination with much to offer. Some say that it is a city of cities, since you can find many different environments and atmospheres in Marseille. Moreover, it has a pure Mediterranean style, with its port and beaches, but also a historical side, which goes hand-in-hand with the Château Saint Nicolas and other monuments of the Le Panier district. There is also a more commercial and cosmopolitan Marseille, as seen in the Cinq Avenues district. But this is not all, since there is much to visit in the surroundings of the capital of the Provence-Alps-Côte d'Azur region. Our International AVE (high-speed) France trains connect Marseille with different Spanish cities, so that you can make the most of your getaway to the Côte d'Azur. What are you waiting for?

Do you want to discover the places you can't miss in Marseille's surroundings? Take note of these 5 must-see places

Calanques National Park

The Calanques National Park​ has some of the most magic landscapes of Provence. This rocky spot features many bays in which the intense blue colour predominates. This is the perfect place for hikers or nature lovers who wish to take a refreshing swim in a privileged corner. 


The calanques: a natural space of great beauty, ideal to relax outdoors 

Château d'If

An impressive castle rises off the coast of Marseille. This fortress does not go unnoticed. Château d'If is located on a small island of the Frioul archipelago and can be accessed by boat. It was erected in the sixteenth century and would eventually become a prison. It became famous thanks to Alejandro Dumas' novel, The Count of Monte Cristo

La Ciotat

La Ciotat is found approximately 35 km away from Marseille, the perfect port town for a getaway. You cannot miss the Old Port and the chapel of Notre-Dame de la Garde, with its splendid views at sunset. You can take a shuttle from La Ciotat to Isla Verde, an uninhabited and woody islet, the perfect place for nature lovers.


A Venetian air runs through every street of Martigues, just 40 km away from Marseille. This charming fishing village is known for its amazing canals and colourful houses. Some of its charms include Brescon pier, the most photogenic, or Sainte-Croix beach. To regain your energy, head to Figuerolles Park, a natural environment that is the perfect place for hiking, cycling or horseback riding. 


Cassis: a place filled with the charm of the Mediterranean coastal villages 

Last but not least, we have one of the most cherished treasures of the Côte d'Azur. In particular Cassis stands out for its beautiful beaches and coves. If you are looking for an idyllic corner where you can go for a swim, head to Port Pin Calanque, where a small cove with transparent waters awaits you, or to Calanque d’En-Vau. Another of this town's charms is the Promenade des Lombards, a path that offers unique views. 

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