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August 2019

France Marseille Travel

Instagram Guide to Marseille, France

August 7, 2019

Marseille: love it or hate it, there is no doubt the city certainly has a lot of character and some beautiful and quirky photo ops.

While I have visited Marseille many times (my father-in-law is from here), there are spots that I continue to go back to for amazing views and photo ops. Here are some of my favorites:

LE PANIER

Le Panier is Instagram gold. Tiny streets with colorful facades and shutters, endless street art…it’s a visual wonderland for photographers. Getting here from the Vieux Port is an easy walk and you can spend a morning or afternoon exploring it’s charm.

In front of a colorful mural in the Panier

COURS JULIEN

This is my other favorite neighborhood in Marseille due to it’s fun shops, bars and restaurants. It’s also a mecca for street art and if you come during a weekday you’ll have the tiny alleyways practically to yourself to photograph.

VIEUX PORT

A classic, but a good one. This is the iconic spot in Marseille to get shots of the harbor with the Notre Dame church perched on the hill. You can also walk along the path to the Mucem where you’ll find this really sweet wall that would make the perfect backdrop to your photo.

VALLON DES AUFFES

This adorable little port with colorful boats is a great place to come for photos. I love seeing the sunset from here and if you come in the evening you can try the famous Marseille Bouillabaisse at Chez Fon Fon. If you’re looking for a more budget friendly option, you can have pizza and rosé at Chez Jeannote.

ÎLE DE FRIOUL

Just a quick and inexpensive ferry ride from the Vieux Port, we found this amazing clear water on the Frioul Island on Esteve Beach. Once the boat docks, turn right and follow the map path for a 20 minute walk to this beautiful beach (there are maps and signs). On the way you will also catch scenic vistas of the Marseille skyline. Other great spots by the water include Callelongue, Les Goudes & the Calanque Sorimiou (see my other post on Marseille for more information about the wonderful Calanques!)

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