Magical Marseille: A Beginner's Guide

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Charlotte Aimée Hulme

Magical Marseille: A Beginner's Guide

Having visited the North of France a handful of times and the South very briefly during a Med-cruise stop off, I couldn't wait to discover the va-va-voom of sunny-in-September Marseille.The gorgeous port city, renowned for its soap production, sits snug in Southern France and here's what to do...

Historic Spots

Desperate to catch the sunset, we zoomed back to our hotel, grabbed our sweaters and a bottle of red wine and headed up the hill to the most idyllic viewing point imaginable. Marseille has some gorgeous historic spots, here are a few to try...

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Old Port of Marseille
Charlotte Aimée:The Old Port is simply gorgeous; lined with bars, restaurants, street performers and more it's definitely worthy of a wander
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Le Panier
Image - MuCEM – Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée
MuCEM – Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée
Charlotte Aimée:This stunning complex provides galleries as well as lectures and film screenings allowing visitors to explore the history of Mediterranean civilization.
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Bolthole Bars

After walking around the port which is alive with yachts and super-yachts, we walked past the streets lined with quaint bars, French accents filling the air and we sat down for Aperol Spritz o'clock! Marseille is alive with gorgeous al-fresco drinking spots. Here are a few to try...

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La Part Des Anges
Charlotte Aimée:If you're in search for a beautiful wine bar then this is the one. La Part Des Anges serves organic and ecological wine which partners deliciously with the food on offer.
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La Caravelle
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L'unic Bar
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Le Marengo
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La Fabrique

Ravishing Seafood Restaurants

We spent our final evening dining out at fish restaurant Le Saint Trop. The fishy dishes we ate whilst overlooking a moonlit harbour included Mussels and Octopus, washed down by some crisp rose. Marseille offers up gorgeous seafood offerings worthy of a try!

Image - Chez Vallès
Chez Vallès
Image - Entre Terre & Mer
Entre Terre & Mer
Charlotte Aimée:An idyllic, classically French spot that's a dab-hand at a seafood platter and bottle of wine
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Chez Fonfon

Soap Shopping

Savon de Marseille is a traditional soap of the city, made using vegetable oils, with the first documented soap maker beginning his trade there in 1370. Consequently, Marseille is renowned for the production of soap, with streets lined with soap shops that sell beautifully coloured soaps.

Image - The Marseille Soap Museum
The Marseille Soap Museum
Charlotte Aimée:This is a fantastic place to explore; a real haven of history that delves into soap and how it came to be!