Tendance Clown 2019 : laughing in Marseille

Tendance clown 2019 Marseille

Tendance Clown 2019 : take the time to laugh in Marseille

Clowns. You like, you fear, they amuse you or leave you indifferent … But do you really know them?

Marseille, you offer the opportunity to get to know the clown, the clowns, the pendant in May. From May 10 to 26, the Tendance Clown 2019 festival invests Marseille for the fourteenth edition, under the voice of the Daiki Ling, but also in different places of the Phocaean city. Tendance Clown 2019, it is not less than 13 companies, including 5 of Marseille and its region. There are 16 performances, of which 8 are free and open to all.

Clowns, a changing art

If you see the clowns as the artists who play the idiots and chase the ridiculous gaffes and falls to make people laugh, then you will probably learn a lot. Learn to discover the craft of clowns. Learn to love clowns differently. Learn to explore all facets of this shifting and changing art.

Marseillais or tourists visiting, clowns await you at the Daiki Ling, the Jardin des Muses, but also in the city, the big show. Bagatelle and Billoux, Moncler Unicycle, Fridge in Orbit, Prehistoric Circus and Where will take place a culinary carnage and fusinist totally enjoyable.

You know no hotel in Marseille ? Have you ever thought of booking a night ? What if you were trying to stay in an imaginary hotel? This is what you invite the Italian company “Luigi Ciotta” on the place des Halles Delacroix in Noailles. Remember to take your bags!

Wanted to Baumettes!

This is a dream is a self-antitraining, the clowns isinventent also in closed environments : the penitentiary of the Baumettes hosts a western called “Wanted”. Men, women and men will then be able to enjoy the two days of artistic practice, articulated around the animated spectacle and animated by the artists of the company Bruital Cie, at the creation of this show.

And on May 26, for the finale of Tendance Clown 2019, the vaults of the Daiki Ling will welcome the end of the festival. Will this finish go until the mix is ​​endorsed in the evening, with Viktor French? Mystery!…

Find the full program of the festival on the Dakiling website

Marseille Old Town & Panier district

Marseille Old town or Panier Districy

The Marseille Old Town or the Panier district

The Marseille Old Town (Panier) is full of history. It is the last vestige of the old Marseille, with its narrow staircases and its facades polished by time, on which the inhabitants dry their clothes on the strings stretched to the crossing of their window. You can discover this district of Marseille built on the hill of Les Moulins on the site of ancient Massilia in an extended weekend taking advantage of our special deals

Panier District in Marseille
Panier District in Marseille


The Panier district in Marseille is actually a village in the city … Founded by the Greeks in 600 BC who built here the city of Massilia, this former district has subsequently experienced waves of immigration that have shaped his present face.

A door in the old town of Marseille

The flows of immigrants arriving mainly from Italy and Corsica were quickly replaced by newcomers, coming mainly from South America from North Africa and Vietnam, through the Comorian Islands.

Old door lintel in the Panier DISTRICT Marseille
Old door lintel in the Panier DISTRICT Marseille

This district of Marseille takes its name from the existence of an old hostel dating from the 17th century located on the current Rue du Panier.

This district quickly experienced a growing economic expansion, thanks to the presence of rich traders who settled here during the 16th century.

Mostly destroyed during the Second World War, the streets of the Cart have kept an undeniable charm. In this old district of sinners, the inhabitants, often of modest origin, knew how to take advantage of their tiny piece of ground.

They were able to build high-rise houses that evoke both the Mediterranean cities of Naples, Catalonia, and others of the same shore, with its entertainment, laundry drying windows, flights of stairs and colorful facades .

The Bazar du Panier in the old town
The Bazar du Panier in the old town

High place of struggle for armed resistance during the second world war, refuge for criminals, prostitutes, Jews and communists who all represented a threat to the Nazi occupier, much of this neighborhood was destroyed by the occupier in 1943, which deported on this occasion 2000 of the 30 000 people who were evacuated during a large roundup organized by the Germans.

Assisted in this task by the French authorities of the time who drew up an inventory of the historic buildings to be preserved, the Germans did not hesitate to dynamite not less than 1500 houses in the old town.

In the photo: the raid on the basket. Photo credit: Wolfgang Vennemann for the German Federal Archive).
In the photo: the raid on the basket. Photo credit: Wolfgang Vennemann for the German Federal Archive).

Rebuilt after the war by the renowned architect Fernand Pouillon, part of this destroyed area was replaced by tall blond stone buildings of the Pont du Gard, currently bordering the old port, 400m long on both sides of the river. ‘City Hall.


Without having lost its family and popular character, the district has seen its gradual transformation over the years by attracting a multitude of art galleries, restaurants way guinguette, and shops where artists and painters mix.

Le coté Mer in Panier District in Marseille Old Town
Le coté Mer in Panier District in Marseille Old Town

The best way to explore the Panier is on foot. A self-guided walking tour is indicated by enamelled lava plates placed in the ground, but it is more pleasant to walk for an hour or two. There is something interesting to see on almost every street.

Without having lost its charm and its authenticity, the neighborhood has seen its gradual transformation into a ghetto halted net by the gradual rehabilitation of its habitat, thanks to operations such as the renovation of the Old Charity.

Dotted with narrow stairs that rise in the old town, you may be embarrassed to visit this neighborhood, in which every street seems to go up!

We advise you to use the small tourist train that will lead you from the old port through the narrow streets of this old district of Marseille.

A large part of the neighborhood is closed to traffic by the end of the morning, you will have plenty of time to wander to get lost in these streets that are reminiscent of the neighborhood of Montmartre.

The little train will take you to visit La Vieille Charité in the Panier Marseille
The little train will take you to visit La Vieille Charité in the Panier Marseille

The Old Charity is the jewel of the old city.

This former hospice, built from 1671 to 1745 on the plans of the architects of the Puget brothers, was listed as a historic monument after a remarkable rehabilitation. Click here to learn more about its history.

Old charity in Marseille old town
Old charity in Marseille old town

The buildings originally designed to enclose the poor of Marseille, are arranged around a central Chapel with the Ovoid dome, surrounded by arcades on three levels built in limestone Cape Crown, whose pink and yellow reflections are revealed in the courtyard that surrounds it.

Some historic buildings, also spared from the destruction organized during the Second World War, deserve a closer look.

This is particularly the case of La Maison Diamantée, which owes its name to its facade of stone carved tip reminiscent of the grounds of precious stones of the same name. Built in the late 16th century, listed as a historic monument in 1925, this oldest communal building houses a magnificent staircase with surprising decor.

The nearby Daviel Pavilion, built in the 18th century, was formerly a courthouse. This annex of the present City Hall is decorated with pilasters, decorated with a wrought iron balcony decorated with daisies, a local motif belonging to the local Marseillaise tradition.

Built in 1535, the Hôtel de Cabre is one of the oldest houses in the Phocaean city. Its composite style shows, behind its facade, unfortunately darkened by time, the late Gothic influence on the architecture of Marseilles. During the reconstruction of the district, in 1954, the house is moved a block and turned 90 ° to enter the alignment of the Grand-Rue. A plaque commemorating this work is currently visible on site.

Symbolizing Marseille and the historic district of the basket, first place of settlement of the city, the church of Accoules remains one of the oldest churches in Marseille. Built on an ancient temple dedicated to the God Minerva, It remains today only the bell tower overlooking an old tower. This bell-tower sounded at the time the tocsin in the city and summoned the Council of City.

Hotel Dieu transformed into Intercontinental Hotel
Hotel Dieu transformed into Intercontinental Hotel

The Hôtel Dieu, is an old hospital built in the 18th century on the site of another older hospital dating from the Middle Ages.

Long used as a training center for medical staff, because not planned to cope with the growing medical needs of a population of the galloping city, this former establishment was renovated and transformed into a five-star hotel in 2013, since its purchase by a British hotel group.

The archaeological excavations undertaken during the course of 2010 have enabled the updating of religious remains, as well as a mosaic dating from Roman times, much of which was fully integrated during the renovation of the Hotel, so that visitors can contemplate it on the spot.

The few monuments described above are among the must-sees of the Panier district, but it still has surprises for those who take the trouble to browse it.
This is notably a little known place of this district, the Place des Moulins.

For those who will have the courage to go there (the streets that lead to it are quite steep), this place symbolizes by itself the unknown neighborhood of the Panier; so called because of the fifteen windmills that were used at the time to grind the flour necessary for the food of the inhabitants of Marseille, there remain today only three mills of which only two are visitable.

Place des Moulins in the Panier Marseille old town
Place des Moulins in the Panier Marseille old town

On this beautiful square lined with houses with local colors nuanced blue, lavender and ocher, walkers will not find something to eat, but can still make a stop in the shade of the tall trees that line this typical square.

Place des 13 cantons in the Panier Marseille old town
Place des 13 cantons in the Panier Marseille old town

Another unmissable place contrasting completely with the previous, the place of the thirteen cantons connects the Place de l’évêché to the rue du Panier. Thanks to the success of the soap opera “Plus belle la vie”, whose setting was largely inspired by this place , this place remains one of the most visited of Marseille by a large part of tourists coming to visit Marseille; the sets used in the shooting of this series broadcast on a large scale in European countries are directly inspired by the eponymous bar that borders this place.

Bordering this same place, the house of the ball is a place inaugurated in April 2015 by the Mayor of the City. At the same time museum whose entry is free, but also shop, this place will allow you to practice to shoot or to point, when you will ask you this ritual question when one exercises with this provencal game.

In the immediate vicinity and possibly located on the place of the old Agora, which would make it the center of this district if this information was verified, the Place de Lenche was built by a former Corsican family who made a fortune in the Coral trade. This square is pleasantly lined with many restaurants, bars, or other stalls that will allow you to enjoy an ice cream or a drink.

How to get to the Panier District

The Panier is a few steps from the Old Port. Take the small train (small tourist train) on the Quai du Port for a guided tour. From Saint Charles train station, take the metro line one (stop: Colbert).

Where to eat and drink in the Panier district in Marseille Old Town

To eat an ice cream: The King’s Glacier (4 Lenche Square) Florence Bianchi returned from Milan to open this tea room -glacier, where it is common to queue for one of its many specialties.

Lorette summer canteen in the Panier district in Marseille credit photo lebonbon.fr
Lorette summer canteen in the Panier district in Marseille credit photo lebonbon.fr

Another very popular place since its opening in 2014 by Nicolas Decitre, former sales manager converted into ice cream, Vanille Noire (13 Rue Caisserie, 13002), promises a nice surprise to its visitors thanks to a black ice cream with vanilla and floral perfume. salt color coal, this recipe kept secret having since become the emblem of the house.

Before you go in search of the cuisine of Marseille, you can start with a short break by drinking a cup of English tea on the terrace of “Cup of tea” (1 Rue Caisserie), both bookstore and tea room. This literary café offers a homemade iced tea that you can enjoy on the large terrace adjoining the beautiful days.

Charity Coffee Basket Marseille
Charity Coffee Basket Marseille

To escape to the heart of the Panier district, try the Café Charité (photo) in the exceptional site of the Vieille Charité, a haven of peace where you can enjoy sandwiches or hearty pasta dishes prepared on site.

Who does not know “Chez Etienne”, the restaurant known to be one of the best pizzeria in Marseille, and whose boss Etienne Cassaro recently died in August 2017. Behind this name, a figure of the Basket, the emblematic boss of a pizzeria where the whole Marseille crowded, for the decor, the atmosphere, the quality of the pizzas. (43 Lorette Street, 13002)

We also advise you to try other places such as “Clan des Cigales” (8 Rue du petit Puits) or “Les Buvards” (34 Grande Rue) between the Old Port and the Panier.

Book your hotel online online when you can or contact us via our form. Do you want to know more ? Call us at 04 91 37 34 95.

The sound of our Canebière

Sound of our Canebière

What to do on your Sunday ? Come listen to the sound of our Canebière

In 2019, in Marseille, La Canebière will experience rich and joyous musical moments. Come listen to the sound of our Canebière.

On the Year of the Year of the Gastronomy 2019 and the Sundays of the Canebière, eclectic festival, the last Sunday of month will never be a day where there is nothing to do.
On Sunday, he will have the Sound of our Canebière. But that’s just what it can be?
It’s a musical rendezvous offered every last Sunday of the month, at the top of the Canebière, on the Place des Danaïdes.

And the programming is a reflection of Marseille, its spirit, its energy and its madness: plural, mixed and open to the world.

The programming of the Sound of our Canebière is called all the riches of Marseille and its music: hip-hop and rap, of course, but also the autro, reggae, dub, pop, or flamenco, world music and even classical music. Various and amazing, this programming as said to be Marseille.

The sound of our Canebière : plural Marseille

Music, there will be, so, but also meeting spaces, we can share and exchange between each other. Through exhibitions, radio sets, conferences and many more upcoming events.

As part of the year Provence Gastronomie 2019, cuisine and culinary culture will also be highlighted. The Association La Meson will serve as accompaniments for the mouthing of the various forms as well as for musical programming: food-trucks, chefs and neighborhood producers will combine their expertise to the music of these happy Sundays.

So, take advantage of May’s Bank Hollidays to come to discover the site of our Canebière, passionate of Provençal gastronomy and taking advantage of the big weekend in Marseilles.

The Sundays of the Canebière were launched on February 28, with an animation designed for the circus arts. They make live this district emblematic of the Phocaean city to the great animation, for big and small.

The Sound of our Canebière is part of this calendar since March 31st. Based on their success in previous years, they were held throughout the year until December 29, 2019.
You can find the program on http://www.lameson.com/festivals/lesondenotrecanebiere-265.html

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.

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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.