Insiders View on Marseille

The Wanderers in conversation with Cyrille Saboya

Everything the guide books or tourism websites won’t tell you about the place

One little known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to Marseille?

The If Castle on the island If, famous for the Count of Monte Cristo is located in Marseille or that Marseille is the oldest city of Marseille with 2600 years of history

What is a must buy/take – away when in Marseille?

Soap of Marseille

What is your advice to first time travellers?

Notre Dame de la Garde for the panoramic view

One thing to definitely pack when travelling to Marseille?


One activity anyone travelling to Marseille should not miss?

“The Calanques” National Park

Where should anyone, travelling to MARSEILLE, definitely get their picture taken?

Notre Dame de la Garde and the Mucem, the new national museum with a great architecture

Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo?

Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde

Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise?

Corniche, the seaside road

Corniche Turquoise

 Most romantic place to take a special someone to?

Boattrip at sunset in the bay of Marseille or in one of the typical little marina. Les Goudes for example

Best place to have local food?

Typical little marinas on the seaside road

Your favorite local dish and drink that you would recommend.

Bouillabaisse fish soup/ dish, Pastis aperitif.

One place only the locals would know.

Le Grand Bar des Goudes


A local festival you feel more travelers should come and see:

Fiesta des Suds/ Marsactac electro music 

The things guide books will not tell anyone about Marseille? 

That Marseille has changed and is “A must see city in France” and that Marseille is as much city as a beautiful National Park.

Mucem Fort St Jean 

Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to MARSEILLE and what would that reason be?

Maybe in February as it is a bit cold (5  to 10° C) . June and September are peak season for the hotels so the prices are quite high. But July and August are OK.

In one sentence, Marseille is a Secret.

Marseille has completely changed.

I was born in Aix en Provence (25 KM from Marseille). I arrived in Marseille 10 years ago and I was amazed by the diversity of landscape of the city and the beautiful National Park and the sea.

Since 2013 Marseille has completely changed and i am proud to promote the oldest city of France and the trendiest city of France today.

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