If you are wondering what to do in Marseille with kids, have a look at my FanTAPSYc family travel itinerary across the highlights of France’s oldest city!
Marseille, with its average of 300 sunny days a year and its history marked by the presence of the pirates, is one of the best places to visit in Provence with kids! Are you ready to discover it with the most curious mole ever? How? With the Tapsy Tour of Marseille, keep reading to discover the complete itinerary!
1. FORT ST. JEAN – MuCEM
Start your family tour of Marseille with kids with a visit of Fort Saint-Jean, in Le Panier district. It is a fortification built by Luis XIV at the entrance of the Old Port of Marseille to strengthen the defenses of the city. After visiting Fort Saint-Jean, cross the bridge and reach the MuCEM, the museum made of “stone, water and wind”, famous for its effects of lights and shadows.
2. NOTRE DAME DE LA MAJOR
Continue your tour of Marseille with kids with Notre Dame de La Major, also called Major by the inhabitants of Marseille. This French national monument is characterized by a combination of two cathedrals: a small one in romanesque style and a newer and much bigger in bizantine-roman style. Who can spot the older cathedral first among the family?
3. LA MAIRIE DE MARSEILLE
La Mairie de Marseille, also known as the Ville de Marseille, is the city hall of Marseille and one of the strongest buildings in the city. In fact, it is said that it avoided being destructed twice: during the Revolution and during the Second World War! Can you find with your kids any evidences of this destructive events?
4. MAISON DIAMANTÉE
This splendid renaissance building owes its name to its façade fully decorated with stones shaped to resemble diamonds. Pretend with your kids protecting this precious treasure from pirates!
5. THE OLD PORT OF MARSEILLE
The Vieux Port, the ancient harbor of Marseille, will be an amazing multi-sensorial experience for kids: the scent of lavender, the taste of the nougats of Provence, the noises of the market and the colors of the Marseille soap!
6. MARCHÉ AUX POISSONS
Stop at the fish market for an authentic daily life experience in the most iconic city of Provence! You will see fishermen selling their catch of the day, as well as stalls selling typical candies, Marseille soap and fresh local flowers.
Give your kids a camera and they will surely have fun! In fact, this place is a paradise for both beginner and professional photographers . It’s also a great place to have a break from the splendid sun of Marseille!