Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
You might well fall in love with Marseille in autumn, when the beaches empty out but it's still warm enough for a dip in the sea and for the aperitif on a café terrace, heated by the last rays of sunshine. The calanques can be visited freely and the Fiesta des Suds, in October, shines a light on all the diversity of the city. However, the showers at this time of year can be torrential.
Spring offers the same advantages, although it has the drawback of drops in temperature on the days the mistral blows.
In summer, the sun and the heat draw crowds to the beaches, while the city hosts numerous events: the Mondial de Pétanque tournament, Marseille Jazz (Festival des Cinq Continents), the Festival de Marseille, dedicated to dance and the arts, and the international documentary film festival.
In winter, the sun still shines, and the mild temperatures are a pleasant accompaniment to the Christmas market and foire aux santons, then the Candlemas procession in February.
Formalities and useful addresses
Marseille Tourist Office and Convention Bureau – www.marseille-tourisme.com/en/
Marseille Tourist Office and Convention Bureau – 11 La Canebière – 13001 Marseille – [TEL] 0 826 50 05 00
U.S. Consulate General Marseille – Pl. Varian Fry – 13286 Marseille Cedex 6 – [TEL] 1 43 12 48 85; emergency after-hours – [TEL] 1 43 12 22 22
British Consulate Marseille – Les Docks de Marseille, La Joliette, Atrium 10.3 (first floor) – 13002 Marseille – [TEL] 04 91 15 72 10
Marseille Provence Airport – www.marseille.aeroport.fr
Gare Saint-Charles – TGV, mainline and regional trains, intercity buses and the airport shuttle all arrive and depart from this city-centre station.