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  • 1. Caumont Centre d'Art


    Housed in the glorious Hôtel de Caumont, one of the city's most spectacular 18th-century mansions, this arts center opened in May 2015 after...Read More

  • 2. Musée d'Histoire de Marseille

    Vieux Port | Museum/Gallery

    With the Port Antique in front, this modern, open-space museum illuminates Massalia's history with a treasure trove of archaeological finds...Read More

  • 3. Musée Granet


    Once the École de Dessin (Art School) that granted Cézanne a second-place prize in 1856, the former priory of the Église St-Jean-de-Malte now...Read More

  • 4. Navette Maritime

    Vieux Port | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    In keeping with the Vieux Port's substantially spiffed-up image, the Marseille regional transportation service now offers an efficient public...Read More

  • 5. Pavillon de Vendôme

    Historic Home

    This extravagant Baroque villa was built in 1665 as a country house for the Duke of Vendôme; its position just outside the city's inner circle...Read More

  • 6. Abbaye St-Victor

    Rive Neuve | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in the 4th century by St. Cassien, who sailed into Marseille full of fresh ideas on monasticism that he acquired in Palestine and Egypt...Read More

  • 7. Ancienne Halle aux Grains


    Built in 1761, this former grain market serves as a post office today—a rather spectacular building for a prosaic service. The frieze, portraying...Read More

  • 8. Atelier Cézanne


    Just north of the Vieille Ville loop you'll find Cézanne's studio. After the death of his mother forced the sale of the painter's beloved country...Read More

  • 9. Ateliers Thérèse Neveu


    The history of the craft of santon-making and other uses to which the local clay was put—faience and hand-painted tiles—can be studied at the...Read More

  • 10. Bar de la Marine

    Vieux Port | Restaurant

    Even if you've never read or seen Marcel Pagnol's trilogy of plays and films Marius, Fanny, and César (think of it as a three-part French...Read More

  • 11. Brignoles


    Although it's known as the market center for the wines of the Var, Brignoles's largest attraction is still the Abbaye de la Celle, a 12th-century...Read More

  • 12. Café-Brasserie les Deux Garçons


    Cézanne enjoyed his coffee and papers here, as have generations of beau monde, intellectuals, and neighborhood habitués —Churchill, Sartre...Read More

  • 13. Calanques

    Other Attraction

    Touring the Calanques, whose fjordlike finger bays probe the rocky coastline, is a must. Either take a sightseeing cruise in a glass-bottom...Read More

  • 14. Cap Sicié


    Head south on the D16 to the D2816 around the cap for a tremendous view across the Bay of Toulon. ...Read More

  • 15. Cathédrale de la Nouvelle Major

    Le Panier | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This gargantuan, neo-Byzantine 19th-century fantasy was built under Napoléon III—but not before he'd ordered the partial destruction of the...Read More

  • 16. Cathédrale St-Sauveur

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Many eras of architectural history are clearly delineated and preserved here. The cathedral has a double nave—Romanesque and Gothic side by...Read More

  • 17. Château d'If


    In the 16th century, François I recognized the strategic advantage of an island fortress surveying the mouth of Marseille's vast harbor and...Read More

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  • 18. Château de Cassis


    This imposing castle has loomed over the harbor since the invasions of the Saracens in the 7th century, evolving over time into a walled enclosure...Read More

  • 19. Circuit Pagnol


    Even if you haven't read Pagnol's works or seen his films, you can enjoy the Circuit Pagnol, a series of hikes (some up to 20 km [12 miles]...Read More

  • 20. Clos Sainte Magdeleine


    If you're a wine lover, pick up a "Through the Vineyards" brochure from the tourist office. There are 12 domaines open for tasting and buying...Read More

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