Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde - Perched atop the peak of La Garde, the 19th-century Catholic basilica sits upon Marseille’s highest point at 162 metres, offering sweeping views of the city. The historic monument is seen as the protector of the realm, with ancient fishermen hauling their boats here to be blessed. Locals have also affectionately nicknamed it la bonne mère ("the good mother”).

Vieux Port - If you want to beat the crowds of trigger-happy tourists, get to Vieux Port before they do. And if you’re early enough (say about 830AM), you’ll catch a glimpse of the port in action - a boisterous, swift marketplace where fishermen hawk their daily catch to the locals.

Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée - Modern Marseille’s shining beacon, the iconic museum digs deep into the bones of the Mediterranean region, sieving through its history, genealogy and culture. Observe an array of exhibits that showcase archeological artefacts, oil paintings and anthropological findings from this unique region.

Villa Méditerranée - Designed by architect Stefano Boeri in 2013, this sleek, futuristic monument is quite a sight to behold. While its main function is to promote the history and culture of the region, its purpose is sometimes overshadowed by its awe-inspiring facade