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What to look for when visiting MARSEILLE?

Marseille is a city with a rich history and diverse cultural heritage, offering many tourist attractions to discover during your Rugby World Cup stay. Here is a selection of must-do activities in Marseille.

The Old Port

The historic and emblematic heart of Marseille, the Vieux-Port is the ideal place to start your exploration. Here you can admire the many moored boats, enjoy fresh seafood in one of the many restaurants and cafés, or simply stroll along the quays.

Notre-Dame de la Garde

Dominating the city from the top of its hill, this basilica is undoubtedly Marseille’s most famous monument. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. Inside, you can admire sumptuous mosaics and marine ex-votos.

The Panier district

Marseille’s oldest district is a maze of narrow, colorful streets, artisanal stores and small cafés. This is also where you’ll find the Vieille Charité, a former hospice transformed into a cultural center.

The Mucem

The Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (Mucem) is a museum of modern art and culture, presenting exhibitions on Mediterranean civilization. Its contemporary architecture and seafront location make it a must-see tourist attraction.

The Calanques

If you have the time, a trip to Marseille’s Calanques is a must. These spectacular rock formations along the coast offer magnificent panoramas and opportunities for hiking, swimming and climbing.

La Cité Radieuse

Designed by architect Le Corbusier, the Cité Radieuse is an emblematic example of 20th-century modern architecture. It also houses the MAMO, a modern art museum on its roof.

Friche Belle de Mai

A former tobacco factory transformed into a cultural space, La Friche offers a varied program of shows, exhibitions and concerts, as well as a shared garden and coworking spaces.


Whether you’re a fan of history, art, nature or gastronomy, Marseille has something for everyone. Don’t hesitate to explore this dynamic and diverse city during your Rugby World Cup stay. In the next article, we’ll discover Marseille’s nightlife.

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