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This water park offers entertainment and fun for all ages. Features include rides with names like Wave Pool, Black Hole, Bubbling Baths, Figure of Eight and Bumper Boats. The water is continually filtered and treated and maintained at a comfortably tropical temperature of around 27°C.

Aside from the rides and chutes you can swim in the pools, enjoy a picnic or take advantage of the many food outlets located in the park.

Arc de Triomphe de la Porte d’Aix

This famous monument was constructed in 1823 by Penchaud to commemorate the victories of the French Revolution and the First Empire and as a tribute to the successes of the Republic, the Consulate and the Empire. The arch marks the old entrance to the city of Marseilles and has inscriptions, bas-reliefs and sculptures by Ramey and David d’Angers. Admission to the Arc is free. You will find the Arc on Place Jules Guesde.

Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde

This distinctive landmark dominates the city from its highest point of 154m. It was used in the past as a look out post and fort. The hill on which it stands – Colline de la Garde was a popular place of worship after the building of this Romano-Byzantine style basilica. The basilica was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and as such, a gilded bronze statue of the Virgin and Child was added to the top of the monument in 1870. The current building was completed in 1864.

La Canebiere

Undoubtedly, Marseilles’ most famous street, La Canebiere leads directly to the ancient port. The name of the street originates from the Provencal word canebe meaning “hemp” and is traceable to the 11th century when the street was home to rope makers and hemp merchants. When the dockyards were demolished in the 18th century the road gained free access to the port. This injected much life into the area and many hotels, luxury shops, theatres and cafes opened – earning the area an international reputation that still exists today.

Chateau de la Pioline

This former 18th century chateau has been transformed into a world-class luxury hotel. The rooms have terracotta-tiled floors and are elegantly decorated and fitted with the most modern conveniences. Some of the suites even have private gardens. Classic French styled gardens and a swimming pool area surround the hotel. The restaurant at the hotel includes many local specialties and a fine wine selection. The address is Rue Guillaume du Vars.


The location of this restaurant is more than anyone could ask for as it is situated on the sea wall overlooking the water. The reputation of this restaurant is equally great and promises an enjoyable evening out. The ingredients are fresh and combine to form mouth-watering yet unpretentious delights. The seafood here is especially good and masterfully prepared by the chef. The staff is highly professional and offer silver service. You will find this restaurant on Vallon-des-Auffes.

Fort Saint-Jean

This fort dates back to the 12th century and was built to protect the town from invaders. The fort is named after the religious order of Saint-Jean-de-Jerusalem. Many additions were made to this popular landmark over time and include the Roy Rene tower added in the 15th century. The look out tower was added in the 18th century. Exhibitions are regularly held at the Roy Rene tower and visits are regularly organised.

Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne

This museum of Mediterranean Archaeology is second in France only to the Louvre in Paris. The museum is housed in part of the old monastery of Marseilles. The Egyptian collection was bequeathed by world famous archaeologist Dr Clot-Bey and spans the Ancient Egyptian Empire through to the Coptic Period. A number of ancient artefacts and classical antiques from many excavations sites are beautifully exhibited. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Palais du Pharo

Built between 1858 and 1870, this area of land set on a promontory was gifted to Napoleon III by the city. The palace now includes a 900-seater auditorium and several halls used for state receptions, conferences and seminars. Art exhibitions are routinely held at this magnificent residence and offer an ideal opportunity to take a look inside and enjoy the elegance and richness of the decor. The address is 58 Boulevard Charles-Livon.

Place aux Huiles

This is the city of Marseilles’ largest pedestrianised area and is a hive of activity and excitement. The area is lined with cafes and restaurants offering a great choice when looking to try the local cuisine.

When evening falls the cocktail bars, nightclubs and jazz venues come alive and the party begins.

The square opened in 1988 and is located on the site of the former 17th century prison dating back to the times of Louis XIV.

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Inline Skating - Sporting Activity

Inline slating at the concrete bowls was awesome! The bowls have been features in many fames, and many pr bowlriders comps are held there. I would definetley reccomend going to skate or ride there if you can!


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