Where is the best area to stay in Marseille?
If you´re planning on spending a weekend away in Marseille, or even if you´re looking for somewhere to stop-over on your way to the Côte d´Azur, the area around the Old Port (Vieux Port) is the best place to stay. The Old Port is right at the heart of Marseille´s old town and is the city´s most beautiful area, as well as being the centre of its activity.
Aside from the Old Port, which is one of the many wonders Marseille has to offer, you should also pay a visit to the city´s other main attractions, for example; The Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, Jain-Jean Fort, or the old fishing neighbourhood of Le Panier.
This area is also the centre of the city’s main leisure activities, boasting a multitude of bars, restaurants and shopping streets, such as Rue de la Tour, which is now often referred to as “Fashion Street”.
Among other advantages of staying in the Old Port area is its easy access to the metro, which makes travel to all of the city´s main monuments and places of interest a lot easier. It is also has a number of good bus routes, and has easy access to the tourist train. If arriving by car, there are plenty of public parking spaces available and Marseille´s train station is just a 15 minute walk away.