As France’s second biggest city it has an amazing cultural life to offer, with many fancy restaurants (La Mercerie!), great shops (check out Maison Empereur) and fantastic museums (don’t miss the MuCem with its amazing rooftop), but it is also a multicultural port city with a unique Mediterranean character, people are friendly,warm-hearted and open-minded. The beaches and the Calanques are right around the corner and the sun is shining close to 300 days a year! What more could you ask for? And don’t listen to people who say Marseille is dangerous. It isn’t less safe than any other big city. Avoid the north quarters – where is not much to see anyway – and you will have an amazing time.
Niche Junior says
We value our kids opinions - which is why we introduced Niche Junior, giving our little travellers a platform:
“I think it is so cool to have beaches in the centre of the city. You don’t even need a car to get there. I also loved the old harbour with all these hundreds of different boats”
– Adèle, 7, from France
Why is Marseille perfect for families?
The mix between urban life and nature makes Marseille a perfect place for families. Start the day with a little hike from the Calanques de Callelongue to Marseilleveyre with its nice and sandy little beach. It is a short 1 hour round-trip doable with children. When you come back to Callelongue you can stop for a bite to eat at La Grotte, which is quite an institution. After your hike you can easily spend the whole afternoon in the centre of Marseille, watching all those beautiful boats and yachts at the Vieux Port (the old harbour) and strolling around the old quarters. Go to the Four des Navettes to buy some of the famous “navettes”, the typical biscuits of Marseille. The bakery is situated in the quartier Saint-Victor, something like the hipster area of the city. On the Rue Sainte you can find a bunch of cool shops like the new concept store Sessun Alma or the flagship store of Honoré Déco. Finish the day at Vallon des Auffes with a delicious Bouillabaisse at Chez Fonfon and enjoy the sundown on the little harbour.
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