Quality Hotel Marseille Vieux Port
16, cours Belsunce
Phone: (33) 4 91 19 04 85
Fax: (33) 4 91 19 39 80
16, cours Belsunce, Marseille, FR, 13001
- Phone: (33) 4 91 19 04 85
- Fax: (33) 4 91 19 39 80
Take a sight-seeing tour of Marseilles through the old port and the old town Panier district. The bus tour takes in 28 of the cities monuments, accompanied by a running commentary from your driver, who knows the city and its history like the back of his hand. Sights to look out for include the Porte d'Aix triumphal arch, the archaelogical gardens, Saint-Charles station with its monumental stairway, Longchamp Palace built under the Second Empire, the Grobet Labadie Museum, La Canebière, the Opera House, the dockyard, and Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde Basilica. Buses depart from the Vieux-Port (the old port).
This transport museum is situated near the Marché des Capucins, in the old Gare de l'Est. This building now houses the Noailles metro station and the last remaining Marseille tram-line: the 68. The museum charts the history of public transport in Marseille, from the first horse-drawn omnibuses and trams to the current metro system.
The City of Marseille offers three sports centers dedicated to learning and practicing aquatic sports: Roucas Blanc, Corbières and Huveaune. These centers are meant to facilitate people’s access to the sea, also allowing them to discover and practice sailing and kayaking. School groups and individuals are welcome all year. The Direction du Nautisme et des Plages (Department of Boating and Beaches) has set up different types of training sessions during school holidays, on Saturdays and on some long weekends. Summer classes are open to everyone and are one of the center’s main features, especially at Roucas Blanc.
Institut Culturel Italien de Marseille is a performance and exhibition space dedicated to showcasing Italian culture. Events open to the public include interesting cooking lessons, intellectual lectures and other cultural occasions. Look on the website for an up-to-date schedule.
This swimming facility was created in 1921 and serves to promote sports for the youth of the community. Equipped with all the necessary facilities required for swimming as well as relaxing afterwards, Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille club is both inspiring and luxurious. Visit their website for details.
Situated at the entrance of the Old Port, Union Nautique Marseillaise is the oldest marine club of Marseillaise. Because of its age and ideal setting, it is one of the most visited clubs of its kind in Marseilles. Come here for complete accommodation if you are interested in boat tours, windsurfing and other water sports. This club takes care of almost everything, so there is also an exquisite restaurant in the premises that assures to serve you mouthwatering food after your indulgence in the sports.
Established in 1894, Tennis Club de Marseille has been training and guiding amateur and professional tennis players. With total 9 courts (3 clay courts and 6 grass courts), a fully-equipped gym and coaches and trainers, the club spares no efforts in providing the best of services to its members. It also organizes sporting events and competitions on a regular basis. For membership details and other information, check the website.
This horse racing track is situated to the East of Marseille. There are 1,000 parking places. It has a restaurant with a panoramic view of the track. The President of this track is Mr. Yves Bachelier.
This magnificent 54-hectare (133-acre) park to the south of the city was designed by landscape gardener Alphan. Water is a major feature here, with beautiful ponds and lakes throughout. An 18th-century country house stands in the heart of this open space, complimented beautifully by a garden à la française and a 19th-century landscaped park. Other points of interest include botanical gardens with a rose garden and tropical greenhouse. Children love coming here to feed the ducks, take the go-karts for a spin, or watch the model boats sailing on the lake. Admission is free.
It was 1975 and in spite of having a long coastline, Marseille wasn't well equipped as far as beach facility and safety was concerned. The Plages du Prado was thus created, combining park and beach facilities all along the coast. Calling this area the "poor man's riviera" would be selling it short. The beaches are a lot less crowded, a lot less pretentious and a lot more beautiful, and the water is ideal for surfing, especially in autumn and winter. Dining at any of the restaurants along l'Escale Borély will round up the perfect day at the beach.
Hippodrome Borély is an excellent racecourse located in the Parc Borély, next to Château Borély. Its location along the seaside further adds to the charm of this really old racecourse. It provides both an active day at the races, as well as scenic views from the bleachers.
The famous skate park, simply known as the "bowl," is the place where skaters and skateboarders, riders of all ages and different levels gather to share unique moments of fun and leisure and where everyone is free to try new tricks. Created by Jean-Pierre Collinet, the Skate Park represents several boat hulls and each hull represents an endless wave. The largest is 2.70 meters (eight feet) deep. Each spring and summer several events are held featuring competitions and international skateboard superstars. The Skate Park of Marseille is located only a few steps from the sea, near the Escale Borely. - P.Wicki