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The second-largest city in France, located in southern France, Marseille continues to be a popular stop for Canadian travellers. Even though it’s more than 700 km from Paris, it’s only a three-hour train ride across the beautiful French countryside.

A thriving port city, rich in history, it’s known for being a cutting-edge and diverse multicultural urban area. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille has a rich maritime heritage, making it the perfect place for enjoying fresh seafood and soaking up the sun on world-class beaches.

Travel tips for Marseille

With fewer tourists than in Paris, this seaport city provides travellers with a great balance of modern flair and tradition, providing a unique cultural experience. The city offers no shortage of cultural celebrations, world-class cuisine, shopping, music and beaches to pass the time.

Must-see attractions include Le Panier (a historical area of the city), Plage des Catalans and Plages du Prado (if you want to work on your tan) and the Our Lady of the Guard basilica (to get a bird’s-eye view of the entire city).

The most affordable and effective way to get around town is to purchase passes and use the city’s metro, trams and buses. Driving and parking can be expensive and difficult to navigate if you’re unfamiliar with the area. Since Marseille is connected to many French cities by train, it is the best way to get to the city from surrounding airports.

If you are looking for cost-effective accommodations, consider staying at Auberge de Jeunesse Bonneveine. Other popular accommodations include Hotel Vertigo, New Hotel of Marseille and Villa Monticelli.

Travel insurance for Marseille

Whether you are planning a trip to Marseille or anywhere else in France, making travel insurance part of your travel planning is the key to a stress-free trip. You never know what could get in the way of your travel plans, but if something does, Blue Cross will be there to help. Our international travel insurance plans are based on your personal requirements, age and trip itinerary, ensuring you get the best travel insurance rates and coverage.

Whether you need emergency medical assistance or have travel issues in Marseille, or if other unforeseen issues arise, we are here to help 24/7, no matter where you are in the world. Get a free travel insurance quote today.