Marseille is a beautiful port city in the south of France famous for its lively atmosphere, incredible food and unique islands.
Book cheap flights to Marseille and explore France’s oldest city. The Old Port has been in use for over 2,600 years and the area surrounding it has become one of the most popular tourist hotspots in the city. There are lots of interesting museums where you can learn about the city, as well as colourful promenades to enjoy a cocktail – and with the savings you’ve made on your cheap Marseille flights, you can certainly afford to treat yourself. Marseille has a wonderful food and fine wine scene, with myriad fabulous cafés, restaurants and bars.
When to book cheap flights to Marseille
Marseille is one of the warmest cities in France and enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine every year. Summer is the most popular times to book cheap flights to Marseille when the city is at its hottest. Temperatures in July and August often reach up to 30°C. If you would prefer to explore the city in cooler conditions, then fly to Marseille between September and November when temperatures hover around 20°C.
Marseille is also less expensive during the autumn as well. With less tourists visiting, many hotels lower their rates and you can find great deals on accommodation in the city. For great value deals on hotels and accommodation in Marseille, search Ryanair Rooms.
What to see in Marseille
Marseille has no shortage of sights and attractions, but the main draw of the city is the atmosphere. One of the liveliest places to visit when your Marseille cheap flights arrive and you’ve settled into your accommodation is the Old Port. It has been the focal point of the city since 600 BC. The massive rectangular area is more than a single attraction, it’s an entire district with a unique character and charm. Make the trip to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde that sits 150 metres above the water and provides a stunning view of the city. You can reach it by walking up the hill, but during the hot summer months it might be better to hop on the tourist train that departs regularly from the Old Port. Le Panier is a picturesque part of the city just north of the Old Port where you’ll find ochre-coloured walls complimented by colourful cafés and restaurants. Learn more about the city’s 2,600 year history by visiting the Musée d’Histoire de Marseille in the Old Town. It’s the largest urban history museum in France and provides a fascinating insight into the history of France’s oldest city.
Once your Marseille flights land you’ll find that the city centre is easy to get around. You can navigate most of the city’s neighbourhoods by foot but if you want to give your feet a rest then there are plenty of other options. Marseille has a Métro system that operates with two lines, 1 and 2. Line 1 runs from east to west and Line 2 from north to south. There is also an efficient bus service in place with over 50 routes that go to most of the main attractions in the city. You’ll find two tram lines, too, (yellow and green), as well to help you on your way. Consider investing in a Marseille City Pass for your stay. It covers all public transport services. Prefer your own set of wheels? Check out Ryanair car hire for great value deals in Marseille.
What to eat in Marseille
Being a port city, , it’s no surprise that Marseille is home to amazing seafood including delicious Mediterranean shrimp, crabs and oysters. If you ask any local for one favourite speciality to try during your stay they will probably recommend bouillabaisse. It’s a tasty stew made up of Mediterranean fish, saffron, olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, fennel and a bouquet garni. The city is heavily influenced by Spanish and Italian food and when you fly to Marseille you have to try some of its hand crafted pizza. Locals claim that they invented the wood-fired pizza oven long before the Italians ever thought of it. Regardless of who got there first, the pizza in Marseille is divine.