Marseille Provence is the 1st cruising harbor in France in the heart of Provence. Set off to experience the beautiful, unique and varied area in just a few hours!
Vibrant and cosmopolitan, Marseille boasts the contemporary charm of a Mediterranean city with a buzzing cultural diary. Since 2013, Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture, the 2nd largest city in France has become very trendy: a great mix of History, nature, shopping, gastronomy… Here the worldwide known “Bouillabaisse” (the typical fish soup) and the fish market highlight the culinary diversity of the area. And from Martigues to Cassis, dazzling shores and picturesque ports invite you to open your arms and embrace the Med!
Less than 30 km away, stunning landscapes, sun-packed local produce and an inimitable lifestyle set the scene for Provence just as you imagined it. Aix-en-Provence and its Baroque architecture offer the ideal backdrop for a soothing stroll, while all around vineyards and olive groves adorn the majestic, mountainous scenery stretching from Mount Sainte Victoire to the Alpilles. A colorful parade of local producers, fresh produce and specialties, Provence’s legendary food markets are held in the morning throughout the year, so you’ll always find one just around the corner!
Less than an hour away, tucked between the arms of the Rhône River, Camargue is a uniquely beautiful and wildly exotic place apart, while Arles offers up an impressive anthology of Roman and Romanesque monuments - a hub of history and biodiversity, where tradition rubs shoulders with modern-day pleasures…
4 (GOOD) REASONS TO COME
1/ Because it’s 3 travels experiences in 1!
Holidaying in the Bouches-du-Rhône promises you 3 travel experiences in 1: Marseille, a cosmopolitan city on the shores of the Med, charming Provence with its picture-postcard scenery, and the endless beaches and wide open spaces of Camargue. All 3 areas are located within less than 2 hours’ drive.
2/ Because it’s where art and lifestyle meet
Thousands of years, yet creative and contemporary, Provence is a genuine experience. Between exceptional ancient heritage, gastronomy and culture, there’s something exciting here for everyone!
3/ Because the weather is great
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, the Bouches-du-Rhône is ranked as France’s sunniest destination!
4/ Because it’s easy to get here
Around 130 direct flights to Marseille-Provence Airport, rail access from Paris in 3 hours, 3½ hours from Geneva, 4¼ hours from Barcelona… The perfect destination for a long weekend or touring holiday!
TOP TOURING IDEAS
For culture lovers
- ¼ hour from the Terminal – visit the MuCEM (National Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) – a magnificent new architectural feat celebrating stone and wind, set at the water's edge and take the tourist train running from the Vieux-Port (Old-Port) to Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde via the coast road, to enjoy the stunning views over the city.
- ½ hour from the Terminal – discover Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, the Mazarin quarter, old town and fountains) and walk in the footsteps of Cézanne by visiting his studio, 'Bastide du Jas de Bouffan' where the artist was born and Sainte-Victoire mountain.
- 1 hour from the Terminal – discover Arles, home to over 100 UNESCO World Heritage Monuments and fabulous museums.
- 1¼ hours from the Terminal – les Baux-de-Provence, ranked as one of France's most beautiful villages. Perched on a rocky outcrop, its castle rules over the valley. Just a few minutes' walk away, the world-unique 'Carrières de Lumière' is an ancient quarry, now a multimedia show venue.
For nature lovers
- ¼ hour from the Terminal – boat tour of the Calanques National Park, Europe's only land, marine and suburban national park, between Marseille and La Ciotat.
- 1¼ hours from the Terminal – bicycle tour of the Alpilles Regional Nature Reserve, home to breathtaking virgin landscapes and picturesque villages. A genuine concentrate of Provence!
- 1¼ hours from the Terminal – tour of an authentic ranch or horse ride through the Camargue Regional Nature Reserve to spot some rare bird species.
For shopping lovers
- 1¼ hours from the Terminal – fill up your bags in the city-center or in Marseille's new shopping quarters: the 'Halles de la Major' for gourmets, 'Les Terrasses du Port' facing the sea and 'Docks Village', a trendy new venue and genuine town within the town.
- ½ hour from the Terminal – visit an authentic Provencal market, complete with local producers and gourmet specialities (Arles, Aix, Aubagne, etc. depending on the weekday).
For crafts, wine & food lovers
- 1 hour from the Terminal – head to Aubagne to meet with around 60 ceramics and 'Santon' figurine makers and enjoy sharing in their know-how and passion.
- 1 hour from the Terminal – visit to a prestigious vineyard near Cassis – France's only vineyard set inside a National Park!
- 1¼ hours from the Terminal – visit to an olive oil grower in the foothills of the Alpilles to discover the various stages of olive oil production, with free tasting.
THE BOUCHES-DU-RHÔNE IN FIGURES
- Number 1 cruise port in France: Marseille
- 1,5 millions of cruise passengers in 2015
- 289 kms of Mediterranean shores
- 3 nature reserves including the Calanques National Park (Europe’s only land, sea and suburban national park)
- 50% of the area in a green zone
- 67 top-of-the-range hotels
- 46 Michelin star-rated restaurants
- 92 museums
- France’s leading olive producer
- 6 red, white and rosé AOP wines
HOW TO COME
Marseille-Provence Airport in Marignane (22 km from Marseille)
TGV (high speed train): Paris-Lyon-Marseille, TGV station in Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille (3 hours from Paris)
Marseille Tourist Office and Convention Bureau
11 La Canebière – CS 603340 – 13211 Marseille Cedex 01
Phone: 0826 500 500 – firstname.lastname@example.org
13 rue Roux de Brignoles – 13006 Marseille
Phone: +33 (0)4 91 13 84 13 - email@example.com - www.myprovence.fr
Marseille Provence Cruise Club
Christelle Maubec firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie de Saint-Seine email@example.com