Another hot spot to visit while in the south, Marseille, the second largest city in France after Paris, is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region and home to the biggest port. We made Marseille a day-trip tour on our way to Aix-en-Provence.
We made Marseille a day-trip on our way to Aix-en-Provence from Nice. It is about a 2 hour train ride, and you are let off at the St-Charles station. From there, you can take the underground metro and head straight to the city’s center – Vieux Port.
The weather was incredibly nice and sunny, which we loved. Is it always like this in South of France? We walked around the old port for a bit and saw a bunch of people eating huge plates of seafood. Before arriving in Marseille we had decided to skip lunch, but it wasn’t long until we decided to sit down and indulge in a big bowl of mussels by the port. All the restaurants aligning the old port serve moules-frites. Some more expensive than others. The mussels were big, fat, and juicy. SO GOOD. A must-do when you’re here!
To walk off that meal, we headed to Le Panier. Which is supposed to be the oldest part of town. It’s supposed to be filled with a lot of ateliers and shops selling local items, but I guess since it was winter season everything was closed. It wasn’t too interesting for me. And to be honest, we didn’t actually feel safe walking there…a bit ghetto actually.
We saw the Cathedrale La Major when we walked out of the Le Panier and before walking towards Fort St Jean, which was incredible. If you climb to the top, it offers one of the best views of the city.
For us, Marseille was a good way to stroll around for the day. Especially around the port, it’s quite a nice ambiance. We wanted to take the cross-port ferry, but I guess they don’t run in the winter?
One thing that I regretted not doing was visiting the Pharoh’s garden, which I heard is quite beautiful. But I think the city itself was a bit too dirty for us to stay any longer so we caught an earlier train and headed to Aix-en-Provence.