InterContinental Marselha - Hotel Dieu
Awaken to a refreshing sea breeze, and the smell of fresh coffee and croissants. After breakfast in our beautiful hotel, you can discover Mediterranean history at the landmark MuCEM museum, a 10-minute walk from the hotel overlooking the sea at the entrance to the Vieux-Port. Nearby, you can also view the art on show at the Musée Regards de Provence. Take a stroll around the Vieux-Port and browse the boutiques for typical local products such as Savon de Marseille (soap) and lavender.
Try a glass of pastis as an aperitif, before enjoying a lunch of fresh fish or seafood in the Cours Estienne d'Orves, a 15-minute walk from the hotel. This broad plaza on the site of a former maritime arsenal is home to a cluster of bistros and fine restaurants. After lunch, take a boat trip from the Vieux-Port to Calanques National Park. Cruise past the rocky, white cliffs and promontories that rise out of the sparkling Mediterranean down the coast to the laid-back fishing village of Cassis.
Glorious sunsets and expansive seascapes can be admired from the magnificent Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, which stands high on a hill overlooking Marseille. A quaint little train takes visitors from the Vieux-Port up to the basilica. For dinner with a local twist, take a 10-minute taxi ride down from the basilica to the nearby coastal village of Vallon des Auffes. In one of the restaurants overlooking the sea, order a plate of bouillabaisse, Marseille’s traditional fish stew.
During your stay at the hotel, ask a member of our team to show you our antique mosaic excavated from the hotel foundations which is now listed by the city's archaeological authorities.
Marseille, the oldest city in France
Founded in 600 BC by the Greeks from Phocaea, Marseille is the oldest city in France and the second largest after Paris. The city is home to almost 900,000 people living in its 16 districts, most of which have held onto their authentic village atmosphere. Marseille has much to offer to its locals and tourists: an incredible coastline, a harbour which turns foreign sailors green with envy and 300 days of sunshine every year!
La Cité Radieuse
La Cité Radieuse, this legendary piece of modern architecture is the brainchild and chef d’œuvre of the unparalleled architect Le Corbusier. The Cité Radieuse was classified a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016. Marseille’s highest museum sits atop the lillustrious monument and hosts every summer wordly acclaimed contemporary artists.
The lavender fields
Provence is the land of lavender... From June to August, follow the enchanted purple lavender road and discover the muted gold tones of the local hill villages, the chalky white Alpilles mountain range, the ochre of the Rousillon cliffs, the green of the vineyards before the harvest the heady red of the poppies and the yellow sunflowers…
The famous Marseille soap
Marseille soap or Savon de Marseille is a traditional hard soap made from vegetable oils that has been produced around Marseille for about 600 years. If you're after authentic and traditional souvenirs from Marseille, here is the perfect match for you.