In the Provence region of southern France sits the scintillating city of Marseille - a truly magnificent jewel of the Mediterranean.
Founded around 600 BC by Greek settlers, the area was named ‘Massalia’ after the ‘lump’ known as La Garde rock. As a port city, Marseille boomed during the colonial period - six centuries on and Marseille soap is still being manufactured and shipped in the region! This is truly a city of the artistic - the Bay of Marseille was the muse of such well-known painters as Paul Cézanne, Auguste Renoir, Georges Braque, and Raoul Dufy.
Marseille’s sightseeing spots are staggeringly beautiful, from the colossal architectural splendor of the Major Cathedral, Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, Abbey of St. Victor, and Pharo Palace, to the dreamy districts of Panier and Borely Park, and the fishing havens of the Auffes Valley and Malmousque. The Old Port is Marseille’s most famous region, home to the famous Mucem. Further along the coast, beautiful beaches at Prado, Montredon, Goudes, Cap Croisette and Calanque de Callelongue abound. You truly will be spoilt for choice!
With so much sensational beauty to absorb, a guided bike tour is your best option for making the most of Marseille in a day. With the added benefit of bike rental, choose from a wide-ranging selection of family-friendly bicycle tours, and make everlasting memories in Marseille.