Why choose Marseille as a port of embarkation or port of call ?


Why choose Marseille as your port of embarkation or port of call ?

Thanks to its port with its numerous terminals specifically dedicated to cruise ships of all sizes, many companies choose Marseille as their port of call and departure point. As a multicultural city, it has some remarkable sites. Whether you are a beach enthusiast or a culture lover, the city of Marseille will quench your thirst, so rich is it.

Marseille, a destination with an ultra-modern port to welcome liners.

Since 2009, following the construction of the Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal, boarding and disembarking of passengers has been facilitated. This designation includes no less than 6 state-of-the-art terminals capable of accommodating the largest ships.

Large car parks and access to public transport simplify the departure for excursions or the return on board. Thanks to its strategic location in the Mediterranean, the Phocean city offers the possibility for several companies to offer numerous cruises departing from Marseille.

Numerous visits in perspective

The Phocéenne city has a remarkable built heritage. Whether before boarding your cruise ship or during a stopover, here are the places to discover.

Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica

This religious building, also nicknamed “La Bonne Mère” (The Good Mother) by the people of Marseille, is an emblem of the city. Notre Dame de la Garde to whom the basilica owes its name is supposed to protect the fishermen, sailors and all the inhabitants of the city.

A museum retracing the history of the basilica opened its doors in 2013. From the height of 157 meters, the building overlooks the city and offers a panoramic view of the whole of Marseille.

The best way to get there is to follow one of the many routes that start at the foot of the hill and enjoy the fresh air and the landscape. The ascent is more suitable for those with a sporting spirit. The less sporty can get there by bus on line 60 or by the little train.


The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations or MuCEM opened in 2013. It is a work of art created by Rudy Ricciotti covered with concrete lace facing the sea. The establishment traces the history of the Mediterranean basin from the Neolithic period to the present day. Large exhibitions are held regularly. The museum is also worth a visit for its many viewpoints.

The Panier district

Panier district in Marseille
Panier district in Marseille

When it comes to visiting Marseille, walking around the Panier district is a must. With its colourful walls, flowered balconies and numerous works of street art, it has a warm and authentic decor. The best way to make the most of this unique atmosphere is to stroll through its small streets and meet the residents with their legendary hospitality. The neighbourhood also offers a spectacular view of the Mediterranean.

The Old Port

The Vieux-Port, the oldest port of Marseille, was founded in antiquity. This commercial port was transformed into a marina and is today one of the emblems of the city. It has a metro station, and is served by numerous bus lines and the ferry. It is from here that excursions to discover the creeks start. It also hosts a lively fish market, especially when the fishermen sell their catch of the day.

La Canebière

This is the most famous avenue in Marseille. It measures 1 km and goes from the old port to the Eglise des Réformés. It is a must for anyone passing through Marseille. Traders present for several generations have made the reputation of the Canebière. Among these establishments is the Nouailles roasting shop and its coffee flavours, the Toinou and its seafood or the Maison Empereur, the oldest hardware store in France.

Beaches and creeks

The calanques, one of the most extraordinary sites in France, are made up of vertiginous cliffs of limestone rock. They have a remarkable biodiversity. These rock formations offer unique diving sites at their feet and are suitable for memorable boat trips. For hiking enthusiasts, the creeks reveal their beauty along the various marked trails.

The Prado beach is the ideal place for lovers of relaxation and sunbathing. With more than 3 km of fine sand not far from the town centre, it is the perfect place to rest and enjoy the sun before setting sail.

The islands of Friuli

The islands of Friuli consist of Pomeges, Ratonneau, Tiboulen and Yew. Thanks to their geographical situation, a unique flora has developed there. Fine sandbanks punctuate the wild landscape of these four islands. For lovers of the adventures of the Count of Monté Cristo, a visit to the castle of If is a must.



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