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Family friendly travelling in Marseille

Most popular areas in Marseille for family-friendly hotels

With oodles of family-friendly places to stay in France's 2nd city, it's easy to see why it's such a popular destination for travelers with kids in tow. Some of the more stylish accommodations can be found in the Vieux Port itself, while others are conveniently close to the train station in the 1st Arrondissement. Others dot the streets of Rouet and Perier, offering great access to the Stade Vélodrome and the beaches of the Cote d'Azur.

Top family-friendly hotels in Marseille

Sat just a stone's throw from the platforms of the city's Saint Charles Station, the Holiday Inn Express Marseille is a convenient and comfortable family option. There's an on-site snack bar, free hearty breakfasts, and multilingual staff to boot. For family travelers who don't want to sacrifice any creature comforts, there's the legendary Hotel Dieu. You'll get sprawling suites, modern furnishings, an indoor pool, and easy access to the Vieux Port. Vieux Port is also the home of the Mercure Marseille – a hotel known for is great breakfast buffets and joyfully decorated interiors.

Where to find the best restaurants in Marseille

For adventurous families who are eager to sample the spicy delights of the Maghreb-influenced kitchen of Provence, the whole area around Cours Belsunce is a fine place to begin. Taste your way through falafel dishes and Turkic kebabs there, before moving onto the more traditional French bistros of Castellane et Prefecture. This richly-decorated district has creperies, chocolate shops, and homey cafés. The places along lively La Canebiere mean international eats in the form of crispy pizzas and all-American burgers – perfect for those who like to stick to what they know.

The most popular things to do in Marseille

Marseille has the rare ability to enchant younger and older visitors alike. It all begins with the Game of Thrones-esque castle of Fort Saint-Jean, which shoulders above the Vieux Port with its 17th-century palisades and keeps. Inside, you've got amazing exhibitions that chronicle the rise and fall of European civilizations over the centuries, all housed in one striking black concrete shell. Tell tales of the famous Count of Monte Christo, who lived in this city at the behest of Alexandre Dumas, before sailing across the formidable Chateau d'If – a huge citadel come jail – where the character was once wrongfully imprisoned. Beaches are never too far away in Marseille either. You could either opt for the small coves around Plage du Prado, or go for the more buzzing resort strips of La Grande Motte to the west.

Best ways to get around Marseille

Getting around the downtown area of Marseille as a group is perhaps best done on foot. The areas from La Joliette to Vieux Port are full of tight-knit alleyways, making it unsuitable for travel in private hire cars or taxis. That said, there's a very efficient public transport network that includes routes on trams, buses, and 2 metro lines. You can buy family tickets – passes for 2 adults and 3 children – for discounted rates.

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