A must-visit when in Marseille is the city’s Old Town of Le Panier, the oldest part of the city. This beautiful part of town, located behind the Town Hall, with many steep streets, cobbled stairs and colour washed facades is quite typical of a Mediterranean district. The best way to get to the Panier is to take a ride in the petit train (little train) since the road is closed to other modes of transport from 11:30 am onwards. Once in the area, exploring by foot is the popular way to see this interesting and mysterious part of town. Home to numerous cafes, craft shops, boutiques selling designer goods and art galleries, the area tends to draw in the inquisitive tourist. Visitors spend hours strolling through Le Panier, browsing in the little shops and maybe even sitting down at one of the little outdoor cafes to enjoy a steaming cup of espresso.
An hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The view of the city, the lovely old buildings
Muslim visitors requiring prayer facilities when in Marseille will be able to locate them quite easily as the city is home to quite a few mosques. These masjids are frequented by residents and tourist alike. Marseille is home to a large Muslim population and is in the process of building the largest grand mosque in France. When in Le Panier, Muslim visitors could ask the locals to direct them to the nearest prayer facility, when needed.
The city of Marseille is home to quite a few Halal restaurants which serve a range of cuisines such as French, Thai, Middle Eastern, western and a variety of Halal fast food. Visitors should however be aware that some of these restaurants claiming to be Halal may only have a partial Halal menu and may also serve alcohol.