Child-friendly activities Marseille | Quality Villas

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Marseille is one of the top holiday locations to visit in the South of France, boasting a rich history of immigration, Greece origins and also one of the best places to acquire fresh fish. It’s the second largest city of France and offers so many options for a fun-filled packed holiday. Marseille isn’t just for adults though; children and teenagers will both enjoy the diverse and cultural atmosphere, not to mention the more active activities that the whole family can enjoy. Read on to find out where you can take your children to in Marseille and avoid those grumpy faces.

Petit Train

This adorable train is a little tourist train, stylistically toy-like and painted in Marseille uniform colours, light blue and white, which definitely gives you a seaside feel.  The petit train covers a lot of ground, initially leaving from the Old Port continuing on route to either the Notre Dame de la Garde or through the Panier. This particular activity is brilliant for all ages as it offers comfort from walking down narrow or steep streets, trying to keep your eyes on everyone and also has space and access for wheelchairs.  What’s even better is you can get out at your destination for 30 minutes to have a look around before being driven back to your original location. This makes a lovely twist from the usual tourist bus journeys.

Cours Julien

If you and your family like something a little different when you go on holiday, then this neighbourhood really is up there as a fantastic place to visit. It’s family friendly, different and has a lot of attractions to get lost in that will excite everyone. Cours Julien has an abundance of food choices which will suit even the fussiest of eaters, and for a relaxed day, it’s common practice to have a beer on the pavement while the children are enjoying the large playground park, featuring a slide and climbing frame that is there for everyone. There is even a fountain which serves as a paddling area!
The streets here are all colourful, with walls adorned in stylish street art and inspiring graffiti. There is even a tour you can take your family on which guides you through the district’s street art. It’s designed for children, with games and a colouring book included. A visit to the Arthur mon Hèros will be also be another winner for the family, offering an Aladdin’s cave of toys that aren’t often found on main high street stores.

A picture of a climbing net in a playground

Palais du Pharo

This beautiful palace was built in 1858 by Napolean III and still stands tall and majestic to this day. Palais du Pharo offers beautiful grounds to wander around for a relaxing day. You could even take your own picnic if the weather is on your side. This delightful place also has a carousel which makes anything magical, a café just in case you all get a little peckish and of course, not to forget the absolutely breath-taking views that this place has to offer too.

Chateau d’If

Sometimes there is nothing children love more than a good castle explore! Which is why Chateau d’If could be everything they have ever dreamed of. The Chateau d’If is a stunning, famous fortress that is situated on a rocky island, towering over the coast of Marseille. This chateau has certainly made a name for itself. It was featured as an impressive setting for Alexandre Dumas’ adventure novel “The Count of Monte Cristo”.  

Calanque de Sugiton

Sometimes a holiday just isn’t complete without a beach and a dip in the sea. For something really special. Take a boat tour that after showing you several calanques, will bring you to Calanque de Sugiton. Calaque de Siugton is the place to have the most luscious dip in the turquoise waters, while soaking up the beautiful scenery.

A picture of a harbour

Here at Quality Villas, we always want you to have a fantastic luxurious holiday, so to make sure your sleep is up to scratch, why not have a browse through our luxury holiday villas in the South of France and find your dream stay. For more inspiration in Marsielle, read our blog on 7 days in Marsielle!

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