Marseille Beaches to discover

Marseille beache


Are there any beaches in Marseille ?

You do not think of Marseille to spend a holiday at the beach. When I talk about Marseille with my colleagues or friends it’s always the same, but there are no beaches in Marseille ! Well, yes! The city is not known for its beaches, but there are some. Marseille offers its users a wide range of seaside areas to suit all tastes along its south-west coastline.

The Marseille beaches in France offer a pleasant Mediterranean climate, close to the charm of the old port and many beaches of gravel or sand.

If you look closely at the map below you will have proof: the Marseille beaches are there. And you will have something for everyone: some are perfect for families with children, others thanks to their orientation and their sensitivity to wind, perfect for surfing, others for windsurfing, others to take a drink or a meal at the seaside or, in the neighborhoods of the city, or during a hike in the creeks of distant rocky Marseille.

Marseille beaches Map
Marseille beaches Map credit plagemed

The man and the city of Marseille have managed to develop its beaches. Some are natural, others man-made, some are sandy, but most have pebbles or rocks; we are in the land of limestone, but of course, the sun is always present in the year.

We will present here the main Marseille beaches that you can enjoy during a weekend in Marseille.

While the Marseille beaches may not be as beautiful as the fine white sand beaches of other sites on the Cote d’Azur, they are well worth a morning or afternoon of tanning or swimming and diving . About 20 km south-east, the Cassis beaches are a more popular destination if your goal is to bask on sand.

The Saint Estève Beach is located on the island of Ratonneau in Friuli and you will find about three artificially created beaches. In the north of Marseille we will find artificially created beaches like the Corbière Beaches, north of Marseille in the old district of L’Estaque.

Facilities of the Marseille beaches : everything is there for the family to spend a good day
Facilities of the Marseille beaches : everything is there for the family to spend a good day

The Prado beach in Marseille is very family oriented and offers sports and activities for adults and children during the summer in July and August. You’ll have access to a wide range of popular, family-oriented activities, from snorkeling with mask and snorkel fins, to beach rugby, hip-hop, kite flying, and swimming lessons for kids. Some beaches in Marseille even offer free Wi-Fi.

Marseille has been a pioneer for its beaches compared to other cities on the coast, offering disposable ashtrays available at rescue stations. This is a first step even if other resorts have gone further in the reflection of beach cleanliness and quality, making non-smoking beaches, such as Ciotat; but still it is necessary to enforce this regulation!

Beach bracelet in Marseille to find the little runaways
Beach bracelet in Marseille to find the little runaways

As we have seen in other cities of the Cote d’Azur, Nice, Sanary and Toulon for example The city of Marseille has some beaches, luggage lockers, locks located near lifeguards. Here everything is done so that the day at the beach family is going well, fluorescent bracelets are available to parents to equip their children and note their name and phone number in case they get lost. The happiness of the family first and foremost.

If you look at the panoramic photo above you will notice that the city has thought to make access to its beaches easier for people with reduced mobility. The Prado Marseille beach is equipped with disabled parking spaces, as well as adapted toilets and showers. Hearing impaired and visually impaired people can benefit from appropriate signage. Swimmers with a disability benefit from an equipped area next to the rescue station, with a dedicated team, beds and special deck chairs, to allow them to swim.

The municipality of Marseille has made sure that each of the Marseille beaches is accessible by bus. They are more frequent during the summer period, but that does not prevent them from being quickly crowded at the end of the afternoon at bathing time after a day of work or school and sometimes to make a barbecue.

To get to the Marseille beaches it is worth preparing in advance and leave early in the morning and return either early or very late to avoid the crowd. Be patient by car to go to the Goudes, the journey time is around 1:30.

There is another transport solution between some’s of the Marseille beaches : it is the shuttle batobus Marseille. The service offers since 2012 between late April and late September, and allows to join the other Marseille beaches via a shuttle boat – the “batobus” that leaves every hour between the Old Port and Pointe Rouge. This service was originally intended for Marseille, but it was quickly a hit with tourists too. During the high season, between late June and late September, the shuttle will also take you to the port of Goudes. Plan to queue at peak times.

Marseille Batobus beach to beach
Marseille Batobus beach to beach

As in all cities now Marseille has a free bike rental system called “Le Velo”.

Bike stations and a bike path allow you to use all the Marseille beaches
Bike stations and a bike path allow you to use all the Marseille beaches

You will find stations everywhere in the city and even and especially near the Marseille beaches. A bike path runs along the south coast of Marseille.

One of the specificities of Marseille is the color of the sea which goes from the deep blue to the turquoise blue wonderfully clear, given the proximity of the beaches with a big city. These contrasts come from the reverberation of light on the white limestone rocks and islands, and sandy seabed. Depending on the direction of the wind and the mistral, the water temperature can drop significantly, from 25 ° to 16 ° for example, and can also be dirty depending on the direction of the wind.

It is true that if we walk in the city of Marseille is not the cleanliness that will jump at first sight. But the municipality has always put the necessary means for the quality and cleanliness of the Marseille beaches. The cleanliness of the Marseille beaches and water quality are regularly analyzed and are very often classified as “excellent” according to the standards in force. Moreover, wildlife is returning, moreover with the creation of marine parks to protect the coastline. It’s a sign of quality.

Cleanliness reports are available and can be viewed online and are also posted at each lifeguard station. You can download the free mobile app, Marseille Beaches Info, with up-to-date information on weather and environmental conditions.

The application is available on Smartphone and tablets to inform the general public about the quality of bathing water, the safety instructions in effect on the Marseille beaches, weather conditions, the flag of the day and the temperature of the water, the proposed activities.

You can download the Marseille Infos Beach app:

On Android
On Apple

Of course the city of Marseille closes its beaches when the quality of these becomes unacceptable and this can happen in case of heavy rains for example.

As mentioned above, the Marseille beaches are oriented towards the south and west, so they are particularly exposed to the Mistral which will influence the quality of the water.

The beaches and creeks of the North West of Marseille accessible by the blue train
The beaches and creeks of the North West of Marseille accessible by the blue train

During bad weather it is better to seek shelter on the north west coast of Marseille, with its coves and beaches. For this purpose, a Train Express Régional called the Blue Train has been put into service between Miramas and Marseille and serves a few typical stations such as Mejean.

If the seaside season in Marseille officially starts in early June and continues until the end of the school holidays in early September, activities related to the sea, swimming, scuba diving and other are in full swing over a much wider period of time: from May to October, although some still bathe in December (the temperature of the sea can still be around 20 ° C).

The seaside season means that some beaches are thus secured and supervised by lifeguards: Corbière, Frioul (beach of Saint-Estève), Prophet, Prado North, South Prado, Huveaune, Borély, Bonneveine, Red Point, Sormiou and Catalans. On the other hand

The seaside season means that some Marseille beaches are thus secured and supervised by lifeguards: Corbière, Frioul (beach of Saint-Estève), Prophet, Prado North, South Prado, Huveaune, Borély, Bonneveine, Red Point, Sormiou and Catalans. On the other hand be cautious and informed that There are no rescuers in the majority of creeks. Some Marseille beaches are equipped for first aid and defibrillators. In case of emergency, for some of them, only the shuttles of the SNSM and the helicopter will be able to help you.

As you can see the Marseille beaches are quite safe and it is good to swim there.

As seen above you will have to be careful if you swim in the beaches of the creeks south of Marseille between red tip and the Goudes. If the weather is the sea are strong, the swell can surprise you.

First check the temperature of the water when the mistral is blowing, because under its influence the temperature of the water generally drops in significant proportions in just one or two days. The water is always cooler in the creeks, where the sea is deeper and underground rivers come to throw themselves there.

Before considering all activities on Marseille check the weather forecast, wind, sea, temperatures etc. , thanks to a reliable weather site.



The beach of Catalans is made of sand ; it is the closest beach to the Old Port of Marseille, and the most popular for its comfort. This is the first Marseille beach you will encounter when leaving the Old Port. You can reach it by going down a staircase. The sand is nice, although close to the buildings of the city. There is a beach volleyball court, showers and lifeguards monitor the beach; many restaurants line the road that serves it. It also offers views of the bay at Château d’If. Although the panoramic view is not one of the best in Marseille because the beach is surrounded by buildings in the immediate vicinity, you can still swim in a beautiful clear blue water.

The City of Marseille also offers activities for children, and has developed a “submarine trail” free for divers, with panels explaining the flora and fauna of the region. But the main asset of the Catalans beach is its proximity to the city center; this explains its important attendance: that’s why it is better to take your precautions if you want to get there, given its proximity to downtown.

Also know that the Catalans Beach is so busy, that the city of Marseille has had to publish a decree in 2013, to limit the number of bathers to 1000 in summer. The police are responsible for enforcing this quota, even if sometimes it is to the detriment of some.

The Marseille beach of Catalans is the only Marseille beach that closes at 20:00 in the evening in summer. Because of its orientation it is also subject to pollution depending on thunderstorms and weather conditions.

Like most of the time in the south, the Catalans beach was lined with unauthorized bars and restaurants. By proceeding with their move, the municipality has been able to enlarge the beach by adding sand. Those who have the means will also be able to take advantage of the private and paying space that can be reserved for them at the Hotel “Le Richelieu” which overlooks the beach. Guests can rent sun loungers and serve drinks and light snacks. Access to the Catalans beach is a 10-minute walk from the old port or by bus 83.


Everyone knows or has heard of the famous coastal road of Marseille, Corniche JF Kennedy. This road does not serve beaches strictly speaking, but you can find small creeks, more or less developed that are accessed by stairs from the main road. The beaches of the valleys are part of the beaches of Marseille.

Marseille beach : the vallon des Auffes
Marseille beach : the vallon des Auffes

These are mainly small rocky coves in which it is possible to swim. There are several such as those listed below: the Vallon des Auffes, the Vallon de Malmousque, the Vallon de la Fausse Monnaie and the Vallon de l’Oriel. Some are lined with beach restaurants.


After the beach of Vallons, you will arrive at the Prophet’s Beach, which you can access by stairs down the road. This sandy beach has a beach volleyball court, showers and a restaurant.

This beach is not facing offshore, as it is protected by a boulder jetty to protect it from the destructive swell during stormy days. Lifeguards monitor her during the day, and activities make her

This beach is not facing offshore, as it is protected by a boulder jetty to protect it from the destructive swell during stormy days. Lifeguards monitor the day, and the activities make it an ideal place for children, as well as a very popular beach for picnics, Marseille aperitifs and barbecues on summer evenings.


The Prado Beach is the main beach and the most popular beach in Marseille. This place is part of the large Prado Park which is more than 26 hectares. The latter was built in the 1970s using embankments earthworks excavations for the construction of the new metro. The whole of the Prado and its beach is more than 1 kilometer long, and runs along the coast for about a kilometer, to the point where the Corniche reaches the roundabout of David. The roundabout is unmissable with its huge replica of Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, which was erected in Marseille in 1952.

The Prado beach is a popular beach, so it will be difficult to find a secluded place to put your beach towel, but it remains less crowded than the most popular beaches in other areas of the Côte d’Azur, such as beaches of Cannes or Nice. You can swim in clear water. The beach is also popular for surfing.

The beaches of Prado host many cultural and sporting events throughout the year, especially in summer. So in September you can attend the Wind Festival Festival. Thus for a few days, champions from all over the world take care of distracting you with the evolutions of their kites, which they handle with the wind or the mistral, above the beach of Prado and the Mediterranean.

To get to the Prado Beach, you can take a bus or a taxi from the city center of Marseille. Here you will find accommodation, hotels and many bars and restaurants nearby. To get there the bus 83 will take you from the Old Port to the beginning of the park. From there, bus 19 takes you further along the coast.

The Prado beach atop Prado is divided into a series of distinct areas.

Prado Beach was the site of the 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, with a wide stretch of sand where you can practice sports such as beach volleyball, football and other sports.

You will find the Plage du Roucas Blanc, well separated from the Corniche behind a heath of grass surmounted by a Jean Amado sculpture of 1989 dedicated to the poet Arthur Rimbaud, who died in Marseille: “The Drunken Boat”

You will also find in this park another great sculpture, The Seven Gates of Jerusalem by David Soussana (1985).

The city of Marseille has several leisure activities: a solarium, a sailing and canoeing center, volleyball areas, a small playground, toilets and showers, and a first aid station. The Prado beach is not lined with many bars, but crossing the road that runs along, you will find something to eat.


The Plage de l’Huveaune is also called the Plage des Véliplanchistes, or windsurfers, is, as its name suggests, the beach preferred by windsurfers and kitesurfers.

The beach is made up of a wide strip of sand – one of the few original natural beaches of Marseille. It is also decked with the sobriquet “Epluchures Beach”, because subject to pollution on days or blows the mistral.

If you are looking for a quiet place to bask in the sun, go your way, between the noisy road and water sports, no way to take a nap. The beach is equipped with an emergency station, a protective pier.


Borely beach Marseille
Borely beach Marseille

Borely Beach is located at the end of the road to the popular Borely Park. If you are looking for a beach with a variety of nearby bars, this is the place to be. Access from the road is very easy, but beware of parking because it is not easy to park your car. You will find dozens of tourist bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants around Borély Beach and Bonneveine Beach.

The city of Marseille opened Borely Beach in 1992, which for the occasion was presented as a replica of a trendy Ibiza beach. Borely beach is nevertheless a great place to have a good time with the family.
Guests can rent sun loungers. You will find a children’s playground, a Ferris wheel, a beach volleyball court, toilets and luggage lockers as well as a rescue station.

Park Borely has a skateboard park opened in 1991 and was one of the first of its kind. The city has recently renovated it. There is a private pay area.

Park Borely has a skateboard park opened in 1991 and was one of the first of its kind. The city has recently renovated it. There is a private pay area.

At the end of the park you will find the Beach of the Old Chapel, a pebble beach, which is protected from the sea by a wall of rocks low on the water. Its shallow water is cleaner than some other beaches. Local fishermen come and place their rods there, and they are very appreciated by the kitesurfers for their beachstart.


The marseille’s beach de la pointe rouge is one of the few sandy beaches of Marseille. You do not have to frequent Red Point Beach for its beachfront restaurants lined up on this small crescent-shaped sand beach that are much less appealing than those at Borely and Bonneveine Beach. Do not expect to be served on white linen tablecloths or gourmet catering: these places serve pizzas, grills and salads in a simple and idyllic setting.

We will still give a special mention for the restaurant Yachting YCPR club.

Personally we also appreciate the restaurant “Les Trottoirs Marseillais”, located Vidal place at la Pointe Rouge, and whose dishes and service we have always satisfied.

The Pointe Rouge Beach in the south of the city is ideal for families and young children. The sand is soft and comfortable, and the seabed gently descends, making the water shallow and warm, ideal for beginner swimmers. During the busy summer months, it is almost impossible to find a parking space near the restaurants bordering this place. You can also go kite surfing or rent a canoe for an occasional trip. This place is equipped with showers and lifeguards are present during the high season.

At the bottom of a staircase, this Marseille beach has a swimming pool, and nearby, a large marina with a Yachting Club. There is a launching pad for jet skis; you can also rent pedal boats and boats.

On the other side of the street are arcades, where there are banks and shops, including one selling fishing gear.

Red Point is subject to erosion due to the sea, erosion that the city constantly fights by making regular contributions of sand.

To get there: Metro line 1 or 2, stop Castellane, then bus 19. From late April to September, a shuttle boat schedule – the “batobus” – runs between the Old Port and Pointe Rouge.


Just at the end of the bus route 19, you will find the old fishing village of Montredon, a few narrow streets lined with small fishermen’s houses cluster around a tiny beach of sand and gravel. As the small dive club in the port is now known for the very good restaurant at Aldo, a fish restaurant frequented by locals.


Just after Montredon, is Mont RosE – a rocky coast rather than a beach proper – which is the closest nudist beach in Marseille and one of the oldest gay beaches in this part of France. To get there, take Bus 19, then plan a little walk.


At the end of a narrow and winding road, Les Goudes, a typical, picturesque and secluded fishing harbor nestled in a rocky cove, offers breathtaking views of the islands and, inland, views the steep limestone rocks that the overhang.

Marseille beaches Les Goudes
Marseille beaches Les Goudes

You will also find a small beach of gravel and sand and a marina with many bars. It reigns here a warm, without frills, authentically Marseillaise thanks to which one avoids here the tourist traps located closer to the city.

You will find here one of the most popular bar arround, serving fresh pintes of Guinnes, “20 000 lieues sous la bière” “20,000 leagues under the beer”

The detective hero of the novels of the popular thriller writer Jean-Claude Izzo has had a summer cabin here; his name would apparently be a declension of the “aïgo”, or “water” in Provençal.

You will not forget to take a look at the rusted remains of the telescope pulleys, a submarine cable boat built in the late 1960s that offered ten-minute walks to the bottom of the bay, and whose operation was stopped for security reasons barely 1 year after its inauguration.
Continue a little along the coast and you arrive at Cap Croisette, a wild bay, remote and steep. At one minute, a rocky beach and, opposite, the imposing mass of the island of Maïre. From here, there are many hiking trails. Caution ! The island is forbidden

Or visit Cap Croisette with its famous restaurant La Baie des Singes, a fish restaurant that is another local haunt and has served as a setting for many movies. The approach on foot is not easy, a walk of ten minutes on the rocks is necessary, and you need good shoes. The cape remains accessible by boat.

A restaurant that I recommend is The restaurant de la Grotte in the cove of Callelongue. The decor is superb as what you eat there.

Getting there : Take Metro line 1 or 2, get off at Castellane stop, bus 19 until the end of the route to Montredon, then take bus 20. In summer, you can also take the shuttle ( “Batobus”) from the Old Port to Pointe Rouge and from there, the direction of Goudes.


The Julie/n cours in Marseille
Old City of Marseille
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Street art at Cours Julien Marseille

Street Art Cours Julien Marseille

The Street art of Cours Julien in Marseille

The district Cours Julien in Marseille, is located on one of the many hills of Marseille. It is famous for its Street Art graffiti and is designated as the neighborhood “boho” (bourgeois-Bohemian) of Marseille. There are many trendy bars and restaurants; as well as theaters, and many shops with facades redecorated by graffiti.

The Panier, in the 2nd arrondissement, is the old town of Marseille and its epicenter. Here you will find bars and restaurants run by locals and tourists alike: Oogie Lifestore, WAAW What An Amazing World or La Cantinetta.

Street Art Cours Julien Marseille - Edmond Rostand Hotel 09-2017
Street Art Cours Julien Marseille – Edmond Rostand Hotel 09-2017

The “Ju” cours is a must visit for all those who stop there, it is the trendy area for good food, local shops, main attractions such as the Cathedral of Major (the second oldest church of Europe) and of course the amazing murals found in its narrow streets and buildings.

Place Jean Jaurès, more commonly known as La Plaine, is an emblematic place of Marseille’s popular culture. This palce is full of places to discover. You can find a micro brewery and taste local beers. For catering you can have lunch or dinner at Lacaille restaurant.

The Julien court in Marseille is a lively place and stirring, there is always something going on. Stay connected to our blog to be kept informed of activities and events in Marseille.

Street Art Cours Julien Marseille - Edmond Rostand Hotel 09-2017
Street Art Cours Julien Marseille – Edmond Rostand Hotel 09-2017

Start your hunt on the wall near the old charity of the Place des Pistoles (square with many outdoor cafes) where you will be greeted by the giant wall of a fisherman selling sardines, which is quite the symbol of Marseille . But always keep in mind that all these graffiti are ephemeral. Between the moment we talk about it and when you will visit the Cours Julien in Marseille, they will probably have been replaced.

The pink elephant (with white dots) of the julien course in Marseille 09-2017
The pink elephant (with white dots) of the julien course in Marseille 09-2017

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Several neighborhood associations support the Cours Julien.

Then, from ruined walls and shutters to nooks and crannies, you’ll see wall paintings sneaking around. Artists are regularly invited to redecorate a space of 5 x 3 meters, located on the wall of the bar Surcouf, at the corner of rue Crudère, and Cours Julien. Each month an artist takes over and paints a new fresco.

Street Art Cours Julien Marseille - Edmond Rostand Hotel 09-2017
Street Art Cours Julien Marseille – Edmond Rostand Hotel 09-2017

Shining in the sunlight as it sets on the old port, these murals give the street a vivid color and represent a part of the social life of Marseille. You can discover the Cours Julien in Marseille via two Google applications: Google StreetView and Google Night Walk.

Street Art Cours Julien Marseille - Edmond Rostand Hotel 09-2017
Street Art Cours Julien Marseille – Edmond Rostand Hotel 09-2017

It is clear now that the Art of the Street holds its place in the City of Marseille: The variety and use of colors are simply breathtaking to such an extent that the Tourist Office of Marseille even organizes guided tours of the city. The Cours Julien in relation to specialized guides ; some tours are even specially organized for children.

News for street art in Marseille :

Two shows holding the top of the pavement and celebrating urban art in Marseille, are scheduled until January 2018: a retrospective of hip-hop at the Museum of Contemporary Art and an exhibition on street graffiti at MUCEM.

The graphers also follow the news.

Indeed, a graphist from the neighborhood known as Julien painted this portrait in tribute to the draftsman Cabu, died at the attacks of Charlie-Hebo in January 2015; this fresco is currently Rue Bussy

the Indian, next to the Cours Julien; the artist engaged on a duty of memory titled her work “I am Charlie”.

Street Art Cours Julien Marseille - Edmond Rostand Hotel 09-2017
Street Art Cours Julien Marseille – Edmond Rostand Hotel 09-2017

How to get to the Julian course in Marseille:

The cours Julien is not far from the old Port of Marseille, you can go there by Metro (line 2, stop: Notre Dame du Mont). The hotels in the neighborhood are non-existent; plan to reserve one a few hundred yards away.

The Cours Julien is right in the center of the old town of Marseille

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The Mediterranean Archeology Museum reopens

The Mediterranean Archeology Museum reopens in Marseille: six thousand years of history

The Mediterranean Archeology Museum reopens: Six thousand years of Mediterranean history in Marseille

Do you know the Mediterranean Archeology Museum ?

As the name suggests, it takes you into the meanders of history. And, like the collections it houses, it is not new, in the landscape of Marseilles. Why, then, talk about it?

Simply because from March 8, the permanent Middle East and Mediterranean Basin will reopen. Six thousand years … It is nothing less than six thousand years of history that you can travel all around the Mediterranean.

Did you know that major inventions were born here? In this part of the globe? With this story that unfolds from the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates, but also Greece and its banks, until Roman Italy through the most symbolic Mediterranean islands, you will discover knowledge still used today.

Technical progress that still accompanies us in our daily lives without even being aware of it. Beyond the object, this temporary exhibition of the museum offers us the link between the object and the man, between sociology and history …

In the different spaces, the visitor navigates between technical: invention of glass, writing, copper alloys … All these techniques are related to the needs and constraints that drove artisans and technicians to create the develop and use them.

The second Egyptian collection of France is in Marseille

Beyond this route, the Mediterranean Archeology Museum is also home to the largest collection of French Egyptian antiquities, behind that of the opus.

A little known feature of this museum, which has real historical treasures. How was this collection made? With patience and at the mercy of archaeological excavations and discoveries sometimes amazing and related to chance.

And although the Egyptian collection is remarkable and remarkable, thanks to its scenography, which allows a total immersion of the visitor and a disconnection of everyday life, the trip offered by the museum begins in Mesopotamia.

The Mediterranean Archeology Museum reopens in Marseille: six thousand years of history
The Mediterranean Archeology Museum reopens in Marseille: six thousand years of history

He then takes you to Cyprus, where his civilization is revealed to the visitor through his archaic figurines and ceramics. Greece then invites itself into the journey, before Rome, which is illustrated through glasses, bronzes and antique marbles.

By pushing the doors of the Mediterranean Archeology Museum , you will cross the borders of the Mediterranean according to periods, prehistory, history, through geography and daily life.

A journey through ‘space and time that will make you know and love even more the Mediterranean and its shores.

Practical information :

Price: 6 euros / 3 euros reduced rate
Opening hours: 9h30 to 18h from Tuesday to Sunday

Go to the Mediterranean Archeology Museum :

Address: 2 rue de la charité in Marseille 13002
Metro Line 2 – Joliette Station
Tram line 2 – Republic Ladies Stop
Bus line 55 – Stop République

From the hotel: 14 min TramT3 then 5 ‘walk
From Rome Dragon Station 5 min every 7 min

Sophie Calle settles in Marseille’s museums

Sophie Calle settles in Marseille's museums

Sophie Calle settles in Marseille’s museums

Have you ever considered museums in Marseille as elements of a treasure hunt? This is what Sophie Calle offers through her “five” career. Investing not one, but five museums, that offers a beautiful playground for this artist. Inviting the public to follow her as she was known in the seventies to follow strangers in the street, that adds a little irony to the emotion and poetry that emerge from his work.

Sophie Calle is one of the most famous French visual artists around the world. She has exhibited in many countries, from Japan to Chile, but also in prestigious art venues, such as MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York. Yet it is a first for her: not only expose outside Paris, but in several different places. “I call people to watch what I do … They are not spinning mills,” she says mischievously. No obligation in this course, no sense of the visit to follow: everyone is free to start and finish wherever he wants.

However, each of the five places will have its own installation, on a dedicated theme.

Choose your museums in Marseille!

At the Museum of Natural History, stuffed animals and classifieds gleaned in The French Hunter answer each other in unusual, funny and surprising ways.

In the chapel of the Vieille Charité, the artist evokes her mother disappeared through a mausoleum she dedicates to him. And if you want to hear him read his mother’s diaries, then plan to extend your stay in Marseille: it will not take you less than forty-two hours!

At the Museum of Decorative Arts, Earthenware and Fashion, at Château Borély, you will discover thirteen videos in which Istanbul residents discover the sea for the first time. Sayless films in which Sophie Cale captured the first emotion of those who, although living in a city surrounded by the sea, had never seen her.

  • Visit the old town of Marseille

At the Musée des Beaux-Arts, you will have to raise embroidered curtains to discover the videos whose raison d’être is written on the same curtain.

Finally, at the Grobet-Labadie Museum, she hid sixty objects that have marked her life, from her wedding dress to a burnt mattress … It’s up to you to follow this amazing tour and discover Sophie Calle’s story through her everyday objects. . And make you want to follow her in the new adventure she would like to live: the theater.

Practical information: Sophie Calle’s “Cinq”, at the mercy of Marseille’s museums

Until April 22, from Tuesday to Sunday from 10h to 18h.
Coupled ticket for the 5 museums: from 8 to 12 euros. Free every first Sunday of the month.
“True stories” at the Grobet-Labadie Museum, 140 boulevard Longchamp, 1st.
“See the sea” at Château Borély, 132 avenue Clot-Bey, 8th.
“Rachel, Monique” at the Chapel of the Old Charity, 2 rue de la Charité, 2nd.
“Because” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Palais Longchamp, 4th.
“The French hunter, hopefully and supervised freedom” at the Museum of Natural History, Palais Longchamp, 4th.

2019: year of gastronomy in Marseille

2019: year of gastronomy in Marseille

2019: year of gastronomy in Marseille

Marseille likes to put great themes in the spotlight depending on the year. In 2013 and 2018, it was culture that won the prize and then the sport in 2017.
For this year, 2109, it will once again be an enticing theme: gastronomy.

Marseille – Provence 2019, year of gastronomy in Provence

With its name alone, the event is promising and puts the taste buds in turmoil. Proof of the ambition of the organizers, the godfather, who is none other than Gérald Passédat, the chef of the restaurant “Le petit Nice” in Marseille, with three Michelin stars.

A call for projects was launched until last October to support initiatives aimed at highlighting all the actors of gastronomy in the Bouches-du-Rhône and offering them a real springboard, while also ensuring a varied program and eclectic out throughout the year. Already announced the “White Night of Gastronomy” and meals until breakfast, a celebration of the thirteen Christmas desserts, a festival of Mediterranean cuisine and a contest of the most “Great aioli of the world”

The MPG year (Marseille Provence Gastronomy) 2019: Regional products in the spotlight

Panisse-based fries (a Provençal specialty based on chickpea flour), bouillabaisse (and all its variations), AOCs (the most recent of which are thyme and Rove bush), street cooking in the Phocean city … Without forgetting the Greek influences that are found everywhere in the regional cuisine!

The flagship products of the region will find a beautiful showcase at the discretion of the events. Cultural events, festive, artistic and above all greedy, there will be something for everyone. What to feast for several days, according to the events.
Shows, demonstrations, culinary workshops, markets: Marseille and all the Bouches-du-Rhône territory will be the scene of small culinary and taste treats.
And because the food waste is one of the current unavoidable preoccupations and that the fight of each against this scourge is essential to prepare a beautiful future for our children, the year MPG 2019 decided to give him the fair share in its programming . Because culture, celebration and gastronomy are not incompatible with ecological conscience, on the contrary!
Beautiful year of gastronomy in Marseille and beautiful year 2019 to all!

Santon Christmas fair in Marseille

Santon Christmas fair in Marseille

The Santon Christmas fair in Marseille: A global event

At the approach of Christmas, for many years, Marseille is adorned with its finery. As in many cities in France, the Christmas market will come to settle, to allow everyone to find original ideas for Christmas gifts, with its Santon Christmas fair . Crafts local or exotic, everyone will leave with enough to put under the tree. Since November 17 and until January 6, 2019, more than eighty cottages await you on the Old Port, near the Ferris wheel, on the Quai de la Fraternité.

Christmas Santons fair in Marseille since 1803

If the Christmas market has become somewhat banal, in Marseille as elsewhere, the Phocaean city is home to the approach of Christmas and the beginning of the advent a much more typical fair: the fair Christmas Santas . The Provencal crib and its famous terracotta figurines (its famous santons) is one of the most entrenched traditions of Christmas. And the Santons fair in Marseille is the oldest fair in France.

The Christmas Santons fair in Marseille has been held every year since 1803 and is known all over the world. This 216th edition will be no exception, offering such diversity that it will be difficult for everyone to navigate among the multitude of colors and characters on offer. To each his little trick to find his bearings … If the tourists and the curious walk around the twenty-six santonniers present, connoisseurs come list in hand, find the same craftsman every year. And take care to avoid duplicates.

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The santonniers workshop on the Christmas Santas fair

You wonder how are the santons made? You would like to know the techniques, the materials, the know-how of the santonniers? Come to discover their work thanks to the workshop of the santonniers. In the Place Charles de Gaulle, you can follow the manufacture of these traditional figurines step by step. Do you have any idea of ​​the time and the minutia needed to make the santons? From modeling clay to decorating, molding, stamping and baking … Attend demonstrations every week-end until January 6th and enjoy the Christmas time to stroll through Marseille.

Successful holidays at 7 years

Successful holidays at 7 years

Holidays at the age of 7

At the age of 7, a child is still a real baby to take care that must find ways to properly distract before the next school year. It is essential to organize the holidays of your child of 7 years to offer him a dream vacation. Here is the list of things to do for the holidays of a 7 year old child.

The holidays at 7 : family moments

It is essential to spend time with family during the holidays. It should be noted that it is not an obligation to go on vacation to fill a child during the holidays. The best solution is to spend a lot of time with your child. Gardening, DIY, outings to parks and funfairs, the list can be long.

Family vacations are also part of family time. Holidays at the grandparents’ house would be wonderful to be pampered. But holidays with cousins ​​are also the most coveted. We spend the whole day with the lovely cousins. These family moments are ideal for building strong relationships.

Family trip

For parents who have the opportunity to go on holiday with their children, the idyllic would be to travel together, even for a little while, in a heavenly place. Holidays are moments, like holidays, to spend without exception with the family. This is the moment when everyone benefits from each member against the time lost in daily routines. The destination under the hot sun of the beaches or under the snow mountains, there is complicity and sharing. The joy emerges on the faces of parents and children during his stays. But for those who do not have this opportunity, the best is to send the toddlers in summer camp 7 years.

Stay in holiday camps

To fill the holidays of a 7-year-old child, why not send him to a 7-year-old summer camp? Here is a good idea to make a holiday of his child a real experience for the latter. In this place, the child leaves totally his comfort zone, he is confronted with situations that are new to him. Another universe for a child certainly, but safe under the eyes of professional monitors.

The fulfillment of the child is obviously at the rendezvous with the diversity of things that awaits him there. The situations in which they will be placed will push them to grow: they will not only grow in maturity, but also in responsibility. A 7-year-old summer camp offers a good number of activities to practice indisputably during the stay.

It’s a good time to make discoveries by visiting and walking. This is also the time to experience new experiences by participating in unusual activities: underwater dives in the sun or under the ice in the snow. Not to mention that there are educational games and sports games.

31° Festival Instants videos of Marseille

31° Festival Instants videos of Marseille

The Instants Vidéo de Marseille makes its festival in November

Thirty years past, the festival Les Instants Vidéo de Marseille opens for its 31st edition on November 7th.

This year, the title of the International Festival of Video instants in Marseille is promising: “Humans of all countries, caress! ”

Voluntarily provocative, this expression puts forward the objective of this event: meetings between internationally renowned artists and the public, as often, but also between various disciplines relating directly or indirectly to the video, digital and poetic arts.

This is, as every year, a title and not a theme for the festival. Each artist is free to take inspiration from it or not. Like the title of a poem collection, it gathers behind its cover a true constellation “poétronique”, composed of exhibitions, projections, performances, meetings, concerts, debates and antics and an opera in three acts and three days.

This unprecedented revolutionary opera will be given from 9 to 11 November to celebrate May 68 and the 2000 years of the poet Ovid: to transform the world (revolution) and change life (poetry).
In total, no less than 244 works (210 singles, 26 installations, 5 performances, a concert and an opera) will be presented at La Belle Mai’s Friche by 190 artists from 46 countries.

Video announcement of the 31 festival of video moments of Marseille

31es Instants Vidéo (2018) from instants video on Vimeo.

The body in all its states
Two exhibitions will welcome visitors from November 9 to December 2.
“There is absolute danger only for those who surrender” at the Panorama Tower, 3rd floor.
About fifteen artists will invite us to find a new posture, to move to find a new point of view that does not blind us. They will challenge us on the state in which are the bodies of the human beings in these times where a part of the humanity tolerates that its peers from elsewhere are rejected, parked, abandoned to the waves, unwanted …?

“The body as far as the eye can see” in the machine room
Four artists offer us a reflection on the relationship between man and the environment, nature. “Does the absence of any human presence in a space mean that it is empty, desert? ”

Visiting Marseille for a few days, a few weeks or a few years, come and discover this festival of Instants Vidéo of Marseille, a real laboratory where artists and works of international reputation rub shoulders and works still fragile, in preparation, delicate.

Full program, schedules and access to the festival website:

Old port of Marseille

Old port of Marseille

Visit Old port of Marseille

The Old Port of Marseille is a “monument” almost as well known and visited as the Eiffel Tower or the Pont du Gard. Between Fort Saint-Jean and Palais de Pharo, it is the whole history of the Phocaean city that sins in this roadstead. Going for a leisurely stroll through the stroll of the Midi is an opportunity to discover some emblematic elements of the city not far from the Panier Area.

The fish market, of course, alive and colorful seven days a week. The Quai des Belges from which escapes, perpendicular, the famous Canebière. On the islet Thiars the restaurants and restaurants are neck and neck. Be careful however to tourist catches! At the end of the Quai de la Place aux Huiles, the Navy Bar which served as a backdrop for Marcel Pagnol for his famous card game that no longer opposes Marius to Caesar.

The Old Port of Marseille is also the oldest port of Marseille

but it is also the historical and cultural center of the city. You should know that this city dates back to antiquity and was the economic center of Marseille until the mid-nineteenth century.

Find all the special offers of the hotel Edmond Rostand in Marseille and enjoy it during a romantic weekend

The Old Port of Marseille is today a marina, which attracts a large crowd that meets there as well as tourists. His visit offers us a real journey in the corridors of time; First, the Palais de la Bourse or Charles de Gaulle square but also the discovery of the Town Hall which dates from the late seventeenth century. You can also visit “Cabre’s House” dating back to 1535, which today is the oldest house in the city.

She even survived the destruction of the neighborhood during the Second World War. Not to mention also to visit the museum of Old Marseille housed in the Maison Diamantée.

The Old Port of Marseille is also one of the most bubbling areas of the city. The people of Marseille love to meet in restaurants and cafes to party especially the nights when the OM football team wins. If you plan to go to the islands near Marseille, it is from the Old Port that the boats leave.

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Booking hotel room at the best price

Book a hotel room at the best price

The price of Hotels on the Internet: the big lie. How to book a hotel room at the best price

Booking a hotel room : Since customers looking for a hotel are connected to the internet, they are now searching online. And when it comes to booking a hotel room or finding a cheap hotel the list of proposals is long. The booking engines were not mistaken and they trust the first places for the hotel booking.

Hotel booking sites

Since about twenty years that I work as independent hotel, I have experienced profound changes in the booking habits of consumers who are my customers.

Being in regular contact with them at the reception of my hotels, I tried to understand why online travel agencies type Booking and Expedia to name a few, had for some years almost monopolized the hotel booking market online, and how this market had escaped the hoteliers themselves, the latter being forced to pay high commissions on each room sold by these intermediaries that we will call in hotel jargon the OTA (acronym Anglo-Saxon meaning: Online Travel Agency) .

These online travel agencies have seen their turnover grow in recent years in a continuous and sometimes dazzling;

To name a few, BOOKING.COM, a very profitable Dutch subsidiary of the American PRICELINE, now accounts for more than 30% of the bookings recorded on the French Hotel booking Market, for an annual turnover exceeding 6 Billions of Euro, 35% of profit margin … .that’s right!

Of course, you should know that the commissions paid by the hotels affiliated to, are paid monthly directly to its Dutch subsidiary, and thus escape most taxes such as VAT through the mechanism of Auto Clearing.

In the hour of economic patriotism, that’s all.

On every booking recorded on BOOKING.COM, the hotelier gives back at least 17% of commissions, and again it is a minima of which we speak, because obviously booking proposes to the hotels which wish it, to increase this percentage substantially in return for a better ranking in the categories of hotels sought by customers eager to make good deals at the best price.

For our readers who would not know it yet, for every booking made by you future and very dear customers through the Internet portals of these unavoidable distributors, the Hotelier pays between 18% and 25% commission to each of the agencies mentioned before.

The room sold can be commissioned to more than 45%, Booking offering for example an option on its website reserved for hoteliers who would have chosen, to put their establishment in the ranking of the first pages of its website, thus promising to improve the attractiveness of the hotels that would like it, and at a high price.

This is what BOOKING calls in its jargon to seize an “opportunity”

This opportunity is achievable by the Hotelier itself through the website dedicated to hoteliers that allows him, in three clicks, to target the dates chosen to boost sales of its rooms on slack periods for example, to possibly define the targeted country, and to finish by choosing the rate of retro-commission that the Hotelier thus wishes to release for the benefit of, as the extracts opposite show it.

Book a cheap hotel directly

Booking  hotel room directly on the hotel website saves you money
Booking hotel room directly on the hotel website saves you money

Booking a hotel room directly on the hotel website saves you money
For some time google offers when we do a search on a hotel an insert on the right of the page with the main info, customer reviews, a carousel and prices offered to book a room in this hotel.

If you are looking for a cheap room in Marseille, you say “thank you Google to help me compare to find where to sleep for cheap. ”

If we go on the principle of Google is my friend, which in this case is not quite true.

When you are looking for a cheap hotel, check its website and more specifically the booking page of its hotel and you will see more than remarkable differences.

In the example of the hotel Edmond Rostand in Marseille, you can book a room for the night from 19/3/17 to 20/03/17 for 45 € live. Hotel booking sites are all more expensive, from 49 € to 53 €.

Edmond Rostand Hotel Booking Marseille

EXPEDIA proposes to its hoteliers to participate in programs in partnership with online travel agencies (SNCF travel type), marketing packages “Train + Hotel” or “Flight + Hotel”, for an increased commission of the order 25%.

You will tell me, it does not matter, because for us, who are customers and informed consumers, everything is transparent and we settle for what we would have paid probably by having booked directly with the Hotel.

Why then would we go farther?

Even better, tempted by the good deals, and the promises made by all the advertising campaigns carried out by these big groups (of which not only one is French, let’s remember it here), you the consumer you believe winner by booking on these Internet sites portals, imagining that the price level practiced in these online agencies such as Booking and others, is much lower than you could have found by booking directly, without going through them.

Alas, as always promises only those who listen to them, as our famous politicians like to hide it.

Here are the reasons.

This belief, so entrenched in the minds of each future client of our institutions, takes root as we have already mentioned in the hype carried out by each of these large groups who spend lavishly in social media, traditional or internet by the purchase of keywords paid a fortune to try to convince you that thanks to their effective marketing policy and their great sense of business, they were able to find for you THE best price, by negotiating bitterly business with the hoteliers they were able to convince them to participate in their program.

Know that in the majority of cases now, it is not.

You, future customers, should scratch the coat of varnish of the media packaging that is proposed to you by the OTA to go further in your search for the best prices and benefits, and for the following reasons:

1- It is the Hotel itself that sets the number of rooms it wants to sell on the Internet:

And of course it is in direct sales with its customers, or it is on the platforms of distribution of OTA type Booking or Expedia.

It is also the Hotelier himself who decides to submit its offers as well as its availability of rooms on OTA booking sites, by closing a rate offer or by deciding to increase the price of the rooms he has chosen give them back.

And of course, OTAs have every interest in hiding it.

Take the test yourself, trying to make a fake sale on an establishment that is marked as “complete” on the site, and try to make a direct booking with the Hotelier, either by phone, or well on its official website if provided.

You will find that in some cases (not in all, of course), you will find a miracle of availability where a few minutes ago the hotel that you had targeted at your favorite OTA had yet been reported as having sold all its rooms.

Why will you tell me ? And quite simply because the Hotelier obviously seeks to preserve a part of the margin that the distributors claim, and that in case of direct sale it will thus avoid having to pay the famous commission to these OTA.

Logic no?

2- It is the Hotel itself that sets the rate of rooms it wants to sell on the Internet:

We have already mentioned and we come back on this crucial point, the Hotelier will seek to sell at the best price available rooms by offering them on the internet or in direct sales by phone including.

Keep in mind one important thing: the hotel sets all the prices it gives back to the OTA, this price level can be revised downward or upward almost instantaneously by the Hotelier himself, thanks to the famous website dedicated to hotels that OTAs encourage each of the affiliated hotels to connect to daily.

So why choose a live offer rather than give in to the disconcerting ease with which a hotel can be booked in less than 5 minutes via these OTAs?

Simply because the hotelier will increase the price of the rooms sold at the Booking et consorts, so as to recover a portion of the commission he must pay them monthly.

And yes dear customers, it is YOU who pays the commission of these operators for your hotel room.

The famous 15% to 30% commissions are reflected in the prices charged to these operators.

For example, be aware that our hotel offers a more elaborate price range than that dedicated to Booking and Expedia, less an average of 10% off the prices charged for these same OTAs, for the same room and the same services.

Single, double or triple it will be the same thing … ..

So why in this case hesitate?

Why, dear customers, should you continue to pay a high price, which is more the purpose of which is to self-feed a process that ultimately serves only to serve you?

Why continue to play the game of OTAs that obviously have no desire to see the celestial manna escape by making you glimmer like the lark that a better deal will always be a deal concluded with the help of their intermediary, and who live therefore only thanks to you, and especially to your wallet?

By booking directly to the Hotel without going through Booking, Expedia and all the others, you will get in the majority of the cases better rates, and better conditions and for the same room or the same service.

Still, do you know how to get there ……

Nothing is easier for that as we will see together in the next chapter.

3-How to book a hotel at the best price?

That’s it, you have targeted your hotel, watched carefully the comments that were posted on the websites of these OTAs, and finally you have chosen to book the offer that seemed to be the most interesting.

There, you must stop your move to take the credit card out of your wallet, and start going a step further in your approach.

Before paying or giving a credit card number, open a new window on your computer or mobile phone screen, and enter the name of the hotel you have targeted in the Google search bar, for example.

You will fall in 80% of cases on the official website of the Hotelier, which you can contact directly by phone or by trying if it is to book online directly at the best rate guaranteed.

And here it is thanks to this little research that you will recover purchasing power, on the basis of a “win / win” system

Win for you, dear customers, because you will be sure to make real savings on the offers that are available to you.

Do not forget to check the offers of hoteliers who can offer great opportunities depending on the filling rate in low season for example, or specific offers for weekend lovers or holidays.

Hotel promotions are not lacking, just know how to search.

Winner for us hoteliers, because you will be certain to be in contact with the real decision makers, and that we will have hotel us all latitude to try to find with you solutions to the possible problems concerning your specific requests on your bookings carried out on line ( last minute cancellations, modification of dates of stay, etc) without having to go through an intermediary who would sell pollute our joint action.

To conclude this article and to give you an idea of ​​the stakes, know that BOOKING and its parent company PRICELINE spent more than one billion Euros on keywords on Google

Also remember that the money used to buy these keywords goes out of your pocket.

So, why hesitate longer?

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