19 walks around Marseille

Balades autour de Marseille

Are you in Marseille and looking to explore the region for a day? Here are our 19 recommended walks around Marseille!

Marseille always welcomes you with a broad smile, delicious food and a southern accent. A visit to the city is your first taste of Provence. But it’s the whole of Provence that’s exceptional. So a stroll around Marseille deserves a place on your itinerary.

Between Roman cities, sumptuous and unique landscapes, heavenly beaches and hiking spots, it’s hard to beat the variety! Here are the 19 tours around Marseille selected by Generation Voyage!

1. Calanques National Park

Parc National des Calanques

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📍 16 kilometers (calanque de Sormiou)

🚗 By car: 31 minutes

📷 Things to see and do: Calanques, Hiking, Sports activities

This walk around Marseille is a must. Just a few minutes from the city is the Parc National des Calanques, a place of wonder and escape. You’ll never tire of the views over the calanques, the most beautiful of which are Sorgiou, Port-Miou and Morgiou.

The Parc des Calanques is also a great place to hike and take part in a wide range of sporting activities such as kayaking, canoeing and climbing. So if you don’t want to stay on the beach all day, you’re spoilt for choice!

Finally, you can also hire a boat to explore the calanques. The advantage is that you’re free to choose your own program, while enjoying an exceptional moment. However, be sure to be prepared, as there are numerous regulations to be complied with. But it’s worth it!

2. Cassis

Magnifique point de vue depuis la forêt, la baie de Calanques De Port Pin, le parc national des Calanques près du village de pêcheurs de Cassis, Provence, Sud de la France, Europe

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📍 26 kilometers

🚗 By car: 35 minutes

🚆 By train: 17 minutes

📷 Things to see / to do: Calanque de Port-Miou, Cap Canaille, Port, Beach

Less than 20 minutes away by train, Cassis takes you into another world. Its small village port lends it a real charm, and you’ll love strolling around it in summer and winter alike. Cassis is also home to the Port-Miou creek, the most majestic in the entire park.

For hikers, Cap Canaille is your favorite spot, with its many trails. Finally, after such a beautiful day, what could be better than a well-deserved rest on the beach after tasting the local seafood? In short, there’s never a dull moment in Cassis!

3. Aix-en-Provence

the old town of Aix-en-Provence city on the south of France.

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📍 33 kilometers

🚗 By car: 38 minutes

🚆 By train: 50 minutes

📷 Things to see and do: Old town, Cézanne workshop, Vasarely Foundation, Taste a calisson.

Aix-en-Provence is a traditional visit around Marseille. Locals love strolling through the old town and its many fountains. Quiet yet lively, Aix has all the assets of both a town and a village. And when you’re in the stores, don’t hesitate to try a calisson, the local specialty!

It’s also a town of painters, notably known as the home of Paul Cézanne. You can visit his studio and his home, the bastide of Jas de Bouffran. Nearby is the Vasarely Foundation.

4. Salon-de-Provence

Balade autour de Marseille : Salon-de-Provence

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📍 51 kilometers

🚗 By car: 45 minutes

🚆 By train: 1 hour

📷 What to see / What to do: Empéri town center and château, visit to a soap factory

For clairvoyants and other mediums, this trip around Marseille is a must. Indeed, Salon-de-Provence is known as the town of Nostradamus! But, without reading the future, we’re sure you’ll appreciate Salon for its typically Provençal town center, where people love to lounge on terraces.

After a tour of the Château de l’Empéri, you can visit a soap factory, as soap-making is the town’s specialty.

5. Alpilles Regional Nature Park

Balade autour de Marseille : Les Alpilles

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📍 78 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h10

📷 What to see / What to do: Hiking, Climbing

The Alpilles is the perfect natural setting for a stroll around Marseille. The park is renowned for its many hiking, horse-riding and cycling trails. An ideal place to get away from it all for a few hours. Some of you might also like to try your hand at climbing!

6. Les Baux-de-Provence

Baux de Provence

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📍 84 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h10

📷 Things to see/do: Walk in the village, Carrières de Lumières, Château des Baux, Museums

Located in the heart of the Alpilles, Les-Baux-de-Provence is a magnificent village perched in the mountains, where time seems to have stood still. Despite its small size, every cobbled street has its own historic monument! At the top are the ruins of the Château des Baux, offering superb panoramic views.

To the north of the village, don’t miss a visit to the Carrières de Lumières. These former quarries have been converted into an underground museum, with works of art displayed on the rock! A walk around Marseille that’s both historic and original.

7. The Camargue

Découvrez la Camargue et les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer en prenant le large

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📍 110 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h30

📷 Things to see / to do: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Nature reserves and bird park, Beaches and ponds

The Camargue is a magnificent region that must be preserved at all costs. Threatened by climate change and rising sea levels, this national park is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in France. Numerous protected animal species can be found in its nature reserves and bird sanctuaries. We love to watch birds and flamingos in their natural habitat.

In Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, stroll through the narrow streets of this traditional village. Finally, you can explore the beaches and ponds. A visit around Marseille that’s all about preserving its treasures.

8. Port d’Alon cove

Balade autour de Marseille : Calanque du Port d'Alon

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📍 48 kilometers

🚗 By car: 47 minutes

A calanque outside the Calanques National Park? The Calanque du Port d’Alon! Located in the commune of Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, this calanque is the place to visit around Marseille for those who want to relax by the water. It’s a superb spot, ideal for picnics and day trips.

9. Avignon

Le pont Saint-Benezet et le Palais des Papes d'Avignon en une belle journée d'été, France

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📍 103 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h15

🚆 By train: 1h10

📷 What to see / What to do: Historic center, Palais des Papes, Pont d’Avignon, Museums, Avignon Festival

The City of the Popes is one of France’s most popular cities. From early childhood, the nursery rhyme Sur le Pont d’Avignon (On the Bridge of Avignon ) makes us want to go and see the famous Saint-Bénézet bridge, half of which has been washed away. Avignon owes its nickname to the papacy? In fact, a visit to the Palais des Papes takes us back seven centuries.

The historic center is typical of the region. After wandering through the narrow streets, you’ll want to sit back and enjoy the sights on a terrace. Finally, if you love the theater, don’t miss the Avignon Festival, which has been held here every year since 1947!

Roman Provence

10. Arles

Arène et amphithéâtre romain, Arles, Provence, France

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📍 88 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h10

🚆 By train: 47 minutes

📷 Things to see / to do: Roman remains and Musée de l’Arles antique, Fondation Van Gogh, Musée Réattu, Abbaye de Montmajour

This tour around Marseille is a must for those who love old stones. With its many Roman remains, including the amphitheatre, Arles is one of the most important Roman towns in France. Enthusiasts can visit the Musée de l’Arles Antique.

The town is also famous for Van Gogh, to whom a foundation is dedicated. The Musée Réattu, best known for its exterior, is also a must-see. Finally, weather permitting, you can visit the beautiful Abbey of Montmajour to the north of the town.

11. Orange

Le théâtre antique d'Orange

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📍 117 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h15

🚆 By train: 1h27

📷Sightseeing / Activities: Ancient theater and other Roman buildings, Old town, Thursday morning market

The Cité des Princes has lived up to its name. With its ancient theater and triumphal arch, Orange is home to two important Roman buildings that take us back 2,000 years. The theater is also the venue for numerous shows every year.

Orange is also a typically Provencal old town, with narrow streets and traditional stalls. And if you’re here on a Thursday morning, don’t miss the bustling, noisy market!

12. Vaison-la-Romaine

Balade autour de Marseille : Vaison-la-Romaine

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📍 139 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h40

📷 Things to see/do: Roman bridge, Villasse archaeological site, Old town, Château Comtal

The perfect walk around Marseille for lovers of Roman cities. Vaison is all about its history. Between its small Roman bridge and its archeological site, Roman remains abound throughout the town. You’ll find them everywhere, just around the corner in this beautiful historic center.

Medieval times also brought their own edifice: the hilltop Château Comtal. After an arduous ascent, an ice cream will be your welcome gift!

13. Nîmes

Vue matinale sur l'ancien amphithéâtre romain de la ville de Nîmes, dans la région d'Occitanie, au sud de la France

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📍 122 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h30

🚆 By train: 1h12

📷Sightseeing / Activities: Arènes, Maison Carrée and other Roman remains, Musée de la Romanité, City center

Admittedly, Nîmes isn’t exactly in Provence, but the city is as famous as any for its Roman remains. In fact, Nîmes, with its Maison Carrée, is home to one of the two great Roman buildings, along with Rome’s Pantheon, intact since antiquity. Another exceptional site is the Nîmes Arena, whose state of preservation is equally impressive!

Roman sites can be found all over the city, including the Jardins de la Fontaine. The Musée de la Romanité completes your stay in ancient Rome. Last but not least, downtown Nîmes is just as attractive, and gets a little crazy every year around the time of the féria!

14. Toulon & La Seyne-sur-Mer

toulon

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📍 66 kilometers

🚗 By car: 45 minutes

🚆 By train: 50 minutes

📷Sightseeing: Rade, Mont Faron, D-Day Memorial, Downtown, Beach

Lovers of big boats will love this tour around Marseille. The Toulon harbor is one of France’s most important civilian and military ports, and can be visited year-round. After a short walk through the city center and a visit to the D-Day memorial in Provence, you can take the cable car up to Mont Faron. From here, a magnificent view of the sea awaits you.

Speaking of the sea, don’t hesitate to visit neighboring La Seyne-sur-Mer, which boasts some very fine beaches!

15. Hyères & Porquerolles

Porquerolles

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📍 86 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h15

🚆 By train: 1h45

📷 Things to see & do: Castle, Giens peninsula, Porquerolles beach, Magic World

This is the route around Marseille for those who love sublime beaches. Hyères is renowned for its Giens peninsula, and Porquerolles is just a few minutes’ boat ride away. The turquoise water transports us to the Caribbean for a day! The peninsula also boasts beautiful scenery, and the view from the Tour Fondue is superb.

The ruins of the Château d’Hyères are also a must-see during your visit. And if you’ve got kids, the Magic World amusement park is just the thing!

16. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Visiter la Provence : L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

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📍 86 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h05

🚆 By train: 2h

📷 Things to see & do: City center, Promenade along the Sorgue River, Toy Museum

Crossed by the river Sorgue, the town is a little escape from the city. The historic center is absolutely magnificent, and you’ll love wandering around the traditional boutiques. The best place for lunch? On a terrace along the Sorgue!

Lovers of art and antiques will find what they’re looking for on this walk around Marseille, as the village is renowned for its antique shops. Finally, to rekindle your childlike spirit, the Musée du Jouet et de la Poupée is just the place for you.

17. Roussillon

Balade autour de Marseille

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📍 89 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h20

📷 What to see / What to do: Historic center, Ochre trails and Ochre ecomuseum.

Lovers of geology will make this walk around Marseille their priority. Indeed, Roussillon is famous for its Sentier des Ocres (Ochre Trail), which gives its distinctive color to the surrounding landscapes, reminiscent of the colors of Colorado.

An ochre eco-museum, Ôkhra, traces the historical contribution of ochre to the region. However, these geological wonders should not obscure the fact that Roussillon is also a pretty village with a small Provençal-style historic center, complete with narrow streets and traditional shops.

18. Mornas

Forteresse de Mornas

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📍 124 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h18

📷 What to see / What to do: Fortress, Cour des Platanes and town center

This beautiful medieval village is an escape for those who love old stones. The historic town center, with its Cour des Platanes, has a lot to offer. Last but not least, the Mornas fortress, which can be visited without moderation, is the symbol of the village.

19. Aigues-Mortes

La Tour de Constance, endroit phare à faire à Aigues-Mortes

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📍 135 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h40

📷 What to see / What to do: Ramparts and old town / 135km east of Marseille, approx. 1h40 drive

On the edge of the Camargue (in the Petite Camargue), the town of Aigues-Mortes is one of the most beautiful villages in this natural region. It owes its fame to its location and imposing ramparts, whose observation towers have been preserved. In Aigues-Mortes, you can lose yourself in the narrow streets, eat an ice cream or sip a cocktail on one of the many terraces.

Finally, end your visit at the Salins du Midi, to learn all about these enormous mountains of salt.

As you’ve just seen, there are many wonderful walks to be enjoyed around Marseille! Enjoy your stay!