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Free Things To Do In Marseille

Marseille is a truly beautiful port city in the south of France and has been a popular tourist destination for many years now.

While it might not be quite as popular as Paris or Monaco for example, it still exudes an incredible charm and is well worth adding to your travel bucket list.

If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Marseille but you’re not sure where to begin, check out our list of the 10 best free attractions in Marseille for inspiration!

You can also find the top-rated paid attractions in Marseille too!

Free Attractions in Marseille

Top Rated Marseille Attractions


Parc Longchamp

Parc Longchamp is one of the best free attractions in Marseille if you’re looking to spend an hour or two wandering around the grand gardens.

Inside the park, you’ll also find the Palace Longchamp which was built in the 19th century to commemorate the abolishment of a huge cholera epidemic within Marseille.

Nowadays, the park is a place that’s ideal for the whole family to spend a few hours away...

Marseille City Pass

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  • As a tourist and cultural passport, the Marseille City Pass is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. This pass is dedicated to individual visitors who wish to discover Marseille with an all-inclusive...read more

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

Renowned as being the most iconic and most spectacular building in Marseille, the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde is definitely a place that you need on your travel itinerary while in the city.

The Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde sits at the highest point in the city, so not only is it a place well worth visiting to see its grand structure, but it also offers lush views over the city too.

The climb to the top takes you up...

Marseille Chateau d'If Skip the Line Ticket

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  • The famous island fort facing Marseille immortalized by Alexander Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo. The castle was built by François I in 1529 and over the centuries it gained a fearsome reputation as many opponents of royal power were jailed and died in the fortress.

    Tha Castle of If has been perfectly preserved and is one of the most...read more

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

Did you know that back in 2013, Marseille was voted as the European Capital of Culture

At this time, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations was unveiled and has since become an important part of Marseille’s tourist industry.

While you do have to pay to visit the exhibits inside the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, you are free to roam around inside the lobby and take a glimpse into what...

Marseille Walking Tour - La Panier

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  • Join us to explore this wonderful city aged of 2.600 years on a two hours walking tour through "LE PANIER", Marseille's historic neighborhood. Starting with the beautiful old port, a natural cove and the birthplace of the city, this is where it all...read more

Parc Borély

If you enjoy immersing yourself in the local cultures of a city whenever you travel somewhere new, and you like to imitate the behaviour of local residents, then a visit to Parc Borély is the perfect thing to add to your Marseille itinerary.

Parc Borély is a place in the city that’s incredibly popular with joggers, runners and all-round athletes.

However, if exercise isn’t really your thing when...

Marseille Walking Tour - The Other Side

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  • Want to discover the unknown south-side of the Old Port ? Have already made our Old Town free walking tour and you feel like knowing even more about this city ? Meet new people from all around the world?
    Join us on this great journey throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th century to discover how Marseille, its people and their way of living changed...read more

Massif des Calanques

If you want to spend some time appreciating the natural beauty of Marseille, then a visit to Massif des Calanques is something that will be perfectly suited to you.

Known as one of the best free attractions in Marseille and indeed in the whole of France for their remarkable natural beauty, the Calanques are sea creeks that are great for hiking.

This free attraction in Marseille is best advised against if you’re travelling...

Aix en Provence, Marseille & Cassis Minivan Tour

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    This tour takes you around the beautiful campus at a pace that you can enjoy. It's going to be a 2-hour walking tour of exploring the university. Travelers get to utilize a flexible itinerary to determine how they get to explore the college. Travelers will also learn about the city's history and that of the university from the tour
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Marché Capucins

Open every day from Monday to Saturday, Marché Capucins is an awesome market in the city centre of Marseille that’s definitely well worth a visit.

Home to a plethora of herbs, spices and produce, Marché Capucins is just one of the places in Marseille that’s renowned for its African culture influence.

You don’t even need to have any intention of purchasing anything when you visit Marché...

Noailles: a mixed neighborhood and its exotic market

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    Have you heard countless stories about Cambridge university? This tour will make you relive your stories and walk around the great university. There's a lot to discover. The guide for the tour will be a graduate of the school who knows every corner and every story. The guide will take you past action attractions namely:
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Cours Julien

Young travellers and backpackers will be better suited to a visit to Cours Julien; an up and coming neighbourhood in Marseille.

While it used to be a not-so-nice neighbourhood, Cours Julien is now a popular place with budget travellers looking for more affordable dining and alcohol options.

There’s also plenty of street art that don the walls of Cours Julien, so it’s the perfect place in the city to embark on an...

Sormiou Calanques National Park Electric Bike Tour from Marseille

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    This is a tour that takes people around another perspective of Cambridge. Everything is designed to suit you and make you happy. The tour is made available to travelers in different languages namely: English, Italian, and Spanish. The tour takes you around one of the most popular cities in the world for 2 hours. Travelers
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Fort Saint-Jean

Fort Saint-Jean was built all the way back in 1660 so it’s safe to say that it’s home to a plethora of exciting historic facts and tales.

It’s certainly been through the run of the mill, having been occupied by the Germans and bombed by the Allies during WWII, but after undergoing impressive renovations, Fort Saint-Jean is now a fantastic historic site to visit in Marseille.

It’s situated just next door...

Calanques Trilogy Electric Bike Tour from Marseille

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    This is a private punt tour designed for you and your companions. You'll get to float along the River Cam gently and observe sights from the river. The whole punt will be designed for your travel group and you'll be treated with personalized attention. Pass by beautiful action attractions of the popular university and learn
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Friche Belle de Mai

Friche Belle de Mai is a fun, free and lively community space within Marseille and is the place to be during the summer months as there are often numerous free festivals to enjoy.

If music and festival life isn’t your thing, or you’re just not visiting Marseille in the summer, you can still enjoy some of the fun attractions that Friche Belle de Mai offers.

From watching semi-professional skaters practice their...

Full day Shore Excursion to Avignon and Aix en Provence

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    This hop-on and hop-off tour will expose you to major aspects of the city. Here, you'll be able to observe impressive architecture and public spaces. Travelers will be given 24-hour which grants them full access to different parts of the city. Enjoy unobstructed views from an open-air viewing deck and interesting onboard
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Old Port

Another one of the best free attractions in Marseille that offers plenty of culture and local involvement without you having to spend a penny is the area around the Old Port.

The Old Port of Marseille is a hip and lively hub within the city and is home to many restaurants, bars and cafés and is a place that’s a sure-fire hit with both tourists and locals.

Since 1909, there’s been a daily fish market in the...

Marseille Walking food and culture tour 3 hour Private tour

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    Enjoy the beauty of riding on the Cam River and go on an English adventure on this punting tour. Get into the punt and prepare for an adventure of a lifetime. The tour will take you past interesting points such as the Bridge of Sighs, King's College chapel, and learn history. The punt is also equipped with blankets, cushions,
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Marseille

There are many things you can do for free in Marseille like booking free entry into some Marseille museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.