Activities in Marseille
Boutiques, cinemas, theatres, beaches and islands
La Canebière has been considered the Champs-Elysées of Southern France, and the surrounding streets are treasure troves of local shopping. The nearest is Le Centre Bourse, but the Rue Saint-Ferréol, Rue Paradis and Rue Sainte, and the terraces of the port in La Joliette are other places worth stopping by to make some purchases.
Whether Provençal products like pastis or soap, or well-known brands, Marseille has everything, from handcrafted confectionery to artisan-produced goods. Yet culture is also a major facet of tourism in Marseille; indeed, the city was the European Capital of Culture in 2013. For some thought-provoking entertainment, head to the Théâtre des Bernadines (Cours Lieutaud), the Théâtre du Gymnase and the Théâtre de l’Odéon (Canebière), all a stone’s throw from the hotel. There are also wonderful bookshops and galleries by the dozen. And to get away from the monotony of the multiplexes, head to the Variétés cinema at the other side of La Canebière, and the César in the Place Castellane. Plus, just 10 minutes away by metro, the entirely renovated Stade Vélodrome is home to football and rugby matches, along with major concerts.
If you prefer to the sea, head to the different ferries available from the quays of the Vieux-Port. You can head to the Pointe Rouge and the calanques to the south, L’Estaque to the north, or the Frioul islands in the bay facing the city, home to the Château d’If. And regarding the south, this is where you will find some of the city’s best beaches, as well as places to access water sports including canoeing, kite-surfing, windsurfing, paddleboarding and jet-skiing.