If you decide to explore Marseille and the surrounding area by car, you can look forward to encountering a great deal of individuality and impressive landscapes along the Côte d'Azur. The heart of Marseille is an absolute must-see. Leave your hire car for a while and stroll through the picturesque historic quarter of the Old Port, which commands a magnificent view of the docks that date back to the Romans and of the Notre-Dame de la Garde cathedral.
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The main attractions of the city
Marseille is particularly rich in museums: the Musée des Beaux-Arts, for example, is very popular among tourists and features works by Auguste Rodin and the masters of the Marseilles school.
Another must-visit is the island of Île d'If and the fortress where, according to the story by Alexandre Dumas, the legendary Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned. After returning from the short island excursion you can drive along Marseille's historic high street La Canebiére, which is about one kilometre long and leads from the Old Port to the north-east.
Numerous brasseries, cafes, boutiques and souvenir shops are located here. In the local restaurants you can enjoy the famous Bouillabaisse, the iconic fish soup from the south of France. The baroque town hall is one of the outstanding sights in the second arrondissement of the city. Another attraction worth visiting is the medieval Abbey of Saint Victor.
Explore and experience the surroundings of Marseilles
Beach lovers will be in their element on the Corniche Kennedy and the Prado. The latter is about nine kilometres south of the centre. The small stone beach is lined with a good mix of cafes, restaurants and ice-cream parlours and is popular with locals. Just a few minutes away, you reach the rugged Cap Callelongue. The small village with its rocky coast is ideal for taking photographs and enjoying a romantic evening with a view of the Mediterranean Sea.
In the Calanques National Park you can leave your car for 1.5 hours to hike on the family-friendly trail system and get close up to the impressive natural beauty of southern France. L'Estaque, ten kilometres to the north of Marseille, radiates the laidback lifestyle of a traditional fishing village. By car the route continues to Martigues with an extraordinary vista of the Canal de Caronte opening into the Mediterranean.