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  • 1. Musée d'Histoire de Marseille

    Vieux Port | Museum/Gallery

    With the Port Antique in front, this modern, open-space museum illuminates Massalia's history with a treasure trove of archaeological finds...Read More

  • 2. Navette Maritime

    Vieux Port | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    In keeping with the Vieux Port's substantially spiffed-up image, the Marseille regional transportation service now offers an efficient public...Read More

  • 3. Abbaye St-Victor

    Rive Neuve | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in the 4th century by St. Cassien, who sailed into Marseille full of fresh ideas on monasticism that he acquired in Palestine and Egypt...Read More

  • 4. Brignoles

    Town/Village

    Although it's known as the market center for the wines of the Var, Brignoles's largest attraction is still the Abbaye de la Celle, a 12th-century...Read More

  • 5. Cathédrale de la Nouvelle Major

    Le Panier | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This gargantuan, neo-Byzantine 19th-century fantasy was built under Napoléon III—but not before he'd ordered the partial destruction of the...Read More

  • 6. Château d'If

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    In the 16th century, François I recognized the strategic advantage of an island fortress surveying the mouth of Marseille's vast harbor and...Read More

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  • 7. Île de Bendor

    Island

    Boats leave every half hour to make the 2-km (1.2-mile) trip to Île de Bendor. The island was only a large rock until pastis magnate Paul Ricard...Read More

  • 8. La Vieille Charité

    Le Panier | Museum/Gallery

    At the top of the Panier district you'll find this superb ensemble of 17th- and 18th-century architecture designed as a hospice for the homeless...Read More

  • 9. Le Castellet

    Town/Village

    On the D559 perched high above the Bandol vineyards, the village of Le Castellet has narrow streets, 17th-century stone houses, and (alas!)...Read More

  • 10. Le Panier

    Neighborhood/Street

    This is the heart of old Marseille, a maze of high-shuttered houses looming over narrow cobblestone streets, montées (stone stairways), and...Read More

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  • 11. Mount Faron

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Rising 1,900 feet above the town, with panoramic views over Toulon, the surrounding countryside, and the sea, Mount Faron can be reached by...Read More

  • 12. MuCEM

    Vieux Port | Museum/Gallery

    Made up of three sites designed by Rudy Ricciotti, MuCEM is all about new perspectives on Mediterranean cultures. Themes like "the invention...Read More

  • 13. Musée d'Art

    Museum/Gallery

    The collection here includes paintings by Vernet and Fragonard as well as postwar abstract art and the cartoon-influenced Di Rosa brothers. ...Read More

  • 14. Musée National de la Marine

    Museum/Gallery

    Part of a network of marine museums around France, the Toulon branch of the Musée National de la Marine, lodged in the graceful 18th-century...Read More

  • 15. Notre-Dame de Pépiole

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just east of Bandol on the D559, past the smaller resort of Sanary, as you turn left onto the D63 you'll see signs pointing to the small stone...Read More

  • 16. Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde

    Garde Hill | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Towering above the city and visible for miles around, this overscaled neo-Byzantine monument was erected in 1853 by Napoléon III. The interior...Read More

  • 17. Opera de Toulon

    Arts/Performance Venue

    At Place Victor Hugo, the Opera de Toulon hosts theater, opera, and dance productions. ...Read More

  • 18. Zoa Parc Animalier et Exotique Sanary-Bandol

    Garden/Arboretum

    Three kilometers (2 miles) north of Bandol via the D559 is this zoo and garden, where cacti and hundreds of exotic tropical plants grow to remarkable...Read More

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