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Marseille at a Glance

Lively, youthful Marseille has always been a city filled with foreign culture and influences. As France's oldest city, it is also one of its most important sea-ports. Head to Marseille for diverse music and delicious seafood.

Nighttime in Marseille grooves to its own beat. Socially conscious rappers, acoustic musicians, world class opera and plenty of cutting edge art, theater and dance fill evening calendars. Before you enjoy Marseille's unique cultural opportunities, be sure to grab dinner. For some, an exquisitely prepared meal in itself is evening entertainment. Feast on fresh caught fish. Sample Moroccan cuisine. Find a Chinese noodle shop. Dine in a traditional French bistro. The options are endless. 

During the day, art museums, historic neighborhoods and of course, the seashore, all beg to be explored.  

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High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter France if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact a French Consulate's office for more detailed information. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

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      • Railroad Gare de Marseille-St. Charles
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Marseille can be quite hot during the summer so dress accordingly and keep well hydrated. Winter is cooler, but rarely unpleasantly cold. 

      Safety Concerns Marseille is a safe city, despite its reputation. Keep yourself safe from crime by never leaving items in your car and keeping valuables out of sight. Take care in the Belsunce area, especially during the night. 

      Health Concerns Clean drinking water and good public health make tourism safe and easy.