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Destination guide

Experience Marseille from holiday lettings

Holiday lettings on the French Riviera are especially satisfying when you stay in a city like Marseille. The motto of the city roughly translates to, ‘The city of Marseille shines from its great achievements’, and that statement is no exaggeration. Historical buildings, pristine shorelines and breathtaking natural formations are prominent throughout the area, which is why it’s consistently one of the top destinations for travellers. You can explore everything it has to offer for yourself on your next holiday.

History

Historical sites near your Marseille holiday rental

As a historical French port, Marseille is packed with sites from centuries past. The Old Port area is still active and is guarded by two forts on either side. Fort Saint-Nicolas and Fort Saint-Jean are 17th-century structures that have been remarkably well preserved and you’re free to explore them on your own. You may also want to visit the Marseille Cathedral of Sainte-Marie-Majeure. The sprawling Romanesque Byzantine Revival building was built in the mid 19th century, but the old cathedral nearby dates back to the 12th century.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Marseille

Do you want to find top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Marseille a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Golf Marseille La Salette (4.9 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Allauch-Marseille Golf (5.6 mi / 9 km)
  • Chateau de la Buzine (5.9 mi / 9.5 km)
  • Eurocopter (12.2 mi / 19.6 km)
  • Aix-Marseille Golf (12.9 mi / 20.8 km)
  • Sainte-Victoire Golf (15.5 mi / 25 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Marseille

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Marseille is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Montagne Sainte Victoire (18.8 mi / 30.2 km)
  • Jardin des Vestiges (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Palais Longchamps (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • 26th Centenary Park (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Plage des Catalans (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Parc Borely (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Marseille

The nearest airport is in Marseille (MRS-Marseille - Provence), located 12.8 mi (20.7 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Marseille Saint Charles Station, Arenc Euroméditerranée Station and Marseille-Blancarde Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around Marseille by catching a ride on the metro at Réformés-Canebière Metro Station, Noailles Station or St. Charles Station.

How to get around

Transport to Marseille holiday homes

Arriving at holiday homes in Marseille is easy thanks to Marseille Provence Airport. This international airport is one of the busiest in France, so catching a flight straight to your destination shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re already in France, there is an extensive network of motorways connecting Marseille to other major cities, and there’s railway access as well from Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles. To travel around Marseille itself, you can take the tramway system or bus rapid transit to get virtually anywhere in town. The roads are easy to traverse as well, so a car hire is a valuable option as well.

Food & drink 

Taste Marseille’s signature cuisine near holiday cottages

Marseille has a culture of its own that’s unique compared to the rest of France. With that culture comes a variety of food you can’t really find anywhere else. Among the most popular is bouillabaisse. This seafood dish consists of local fresh fish, often three different varieties, cooked with potatoes and vegetables along with a baguette and rouille (a spread made with spices and homemade mayo). Typically, bouillabaisse is prepared for large groups, and the more people you have with you, the more varieties of fish the chef typically includes. You can wash it down with a bit of Pastis, a local alcoholic beverage. It has been historically associated with absinthe, but the beverages are notably different with the included anise coming from the Mediterranean rather than Asia and the lack of wormwood.

Events

Events near your Marseille holiday rental

As one of the largest cities in France, there’s no shortage of events to enjoy here no matter where your holiday rental is in town. In June, you can enjoy the Fête de la Musique where musicians both professional and amateur take to the streets and showcase their talents. It’s free so there’s no barrier to entry whatsoever. If you’re a fan of dance music, you may want to visit Marseille in late September for Marsatac. This festival features numerous national and international electronica artists, and tens of thousands of people attend every year. If that doesn’t sate your musical desire, October features the Fiesta des Suds, a celebration of world music that focuses exclusively on international artists playing more unique and regional genres of music.

How many holiday rentals are available around Marseille?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,743 holiday lettings around Marseille. From 487 villas to 38 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Marseille?

Rising in the morning to remarkable ocean vistas and the soothing sound of waves lapping at the sandy shore. This is the stuff holiday fantasies are made of! HomeAway has 1,669 beachside rental properties to pick from. Of course, that might not work for the whole group. Fortunately, HomeAway has tons more options, including:

  • 1,392 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 1,008 city-centre holiday accommodation options.
  • 890 town holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Marseille?

There's something eternally cool and chic about staying in an apartment like a local. Whether it's a sprawling view you're after or just an easy place to chill out, an apartment could be the ideal choice. You'll be able to take your pick from 1,838 different options via HomeAway. If you get in soon, you could be spending as little as £13 per night. Or maybe you'd prefer one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • House: 988 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £23 per night.
  • Villa: 513 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £39 per night.
  • Studio: 210 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £26 per night.

Can I stay in Marseille in a large group?

Holidays spent with your friends and loved ones can be oodles of fun, especially when you're under the same roof somewhere entirely new! If you'll be travelling with a large group, HomeAway can help. Presently, apartment holiday rentals are preferred for big groups of visitors here, and we have 280 featured on our database. If you're hoping to travel in a large group, the property options that can cater to you include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we've got 1,338 rental accommodation perfect for that size. Book a night for as little as £35.
  • Require a rental property for 8 guests? We have 736 that will serve you well. You can book one for as little as £63 a night.
  • Seeking properties for rent to suit 5 guests? You'll be thrilled to learn we have 554 that will fit the bill. You can book one from just £31 per night.

So never fear! When you book with us you can bring along your uncle, your sister and all your friends to Marseille.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Marseille?

Cut down on those hefty accommodation expenses with a little help from HomeAway. You'll find plenty of great holiday rentals and save heaps! Opéra is a fantastic area to consider if you want to keep your budget under control. HomeAway has 538 holiday rentals, and the average price is a very affordable £73 per night. Hôtel de Ville is another place worth considering. We've got holiday rentals here, and the average price is around £82 a night.

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