Fly To Marseille, France
Marseille is a seductive city that balances history and modernity, nature and culture, and a variety of foreign influences with the skill of a burlesque dancer, and just as much joie de vivre. Her population is down to earth and ethnically diverse, with African, Italian, Comorian and Spanish influences adding an exotic flavour to this fabulous French port city.
As the largest city in France geographically, and second largest by population (after the capital city), Marseille isn’t small by any means. In spite of this, her vibrant colour, playful energy, and undeniable lust for life have left a lasting and personal impression on many a traveller visiting her fair shores.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Schengen Visa to visit Marseille, or anywhere else in France. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in France is situated in Paris. 59 Quai d'Orsay, 75343 Paris Cedex 07. Phone: + 33 1 5359 2323. Website: afriquesud.net.
See and do
One of the most beautiful spots in town is undoubtedly the Vieux Port with its quaint docks crammed full of bobbing fishing boats and yachts. During the day you can watch fishermen auction their freshly-caught wares or take a boat ride to the nearby Frioul Islands, or Chateau D’If. Coming back by boat at sunset is particularly spectacular, and you can top your evening off with a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants, or a drink at one of its trendy bars.
For a less aquatic, if just as spectacular view, visit the Notre Dame de la Garde, which overlooks the city from the top of its highest hill. The domed Romano-Byzantine Basilica is a sight to behold in its own regard, but the terracotta roofs of the city make the trip doubly worth your while.
Le Panier is another not-to-be-missed Marseille attraction. The narrow, slanting lanes overlooked by yellowed buildings and terraced houses are steeped in history, and wonderful to explore. In its centre you’ll find the Vielle Charité, originally designed as a shelter for the poor, and now housing several museums.
When you’re wandering the streets of Le Panier, keep an eye out for the artisanal shops selling scented soaps, carvings, homemade baked goods and pastis – a traditional Provencal drink. You’ll find some lovely souvenirs in amongst their wares that are far more authentic than any souvenir store will sell.
Getting around Marseille is fairly simple, as their public transport system is extremely efficient. Choose from metro, tram or bus, depending on your destination. Tickets are fixed-price, no matter where you go. Consider purchasing a single day, or three day ticket, if you plan on doing multiple trips – you can save some money, and won’t have to bother with tickets at all.
Marseille Provence Airport – MRS
Food and beverage: GrabandFly, Puro Gusto, Segafredo Espresso, Sport & News Café, Starbucks and Time Café.
Currency Exchange: Travelex is the foreign currency provider at Marseille Provence Airport, and is located on the ground level of Hall 1 - the departure and arrival area.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost or found within the airport buildings can be reported to the PCPA in Hall 3.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Pullman, Novotel, Ibis, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western and Ibis Budget.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt, Interrent and Firefly.
Airport Hub: Marseille Provence Airport (code MRS) is a hub for the French national carrier Air France.