A historical masterpiece located in the district of the Five Avenues, Palais Longchamp is a great place to start one’s city tour of Marseille. Built originally to celebrate the construction of Canal de Marseille, the Palais is now a popular tourist attraction of the city. Palais Longchamp houses two museums, a botanical garden, a park and an observatory within its property. The east wing housing the Museum of Fine Arts, which displays paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 16th-19th century, while the west wing houses the Natural History Museum, which displays exhibits from the 18th century. The Observatory is the oldest science establishment in the city and is open to the public as well. A walk through the tranquil and beautiful garden of Palais Longchamp is highly recommended to truly appreciate the picturesque setting and wonderful views of the city of Marseille.
Admission is free
Opening hours tend to vary according to the seasons
Around 2 hours
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The museums, the beautiful gardens and the observatory
Although Muslims visiting the Palais Longchamp may not be able to find prayer facilities, the city of Marseille is known to have a number of mosques that a frequented by its residents and tourist alike. Muslim tourists can therefore ask to be directed to a prayer facility close to Palais Longchamp, or they may be able to find a quiet spot in its garden, ideal for offering prayers.
While Muslim tourists won’t be able to find Halal food at Palais Longchamp, they will easily be able to locate amazing Halal restaurants in Marseille. These restaurants serve a variety of cuisines ranging from French, Thai, Middle Eastern and western, including a variety of Halal fast food. Before dining at any of the restaurants that claim to be Halal, Muslim visitors should be aware that some restaurants may only have a partial Halal menu and may also serve alcohol.