Marseilles-style relaxation, close to your hotel in the Vauban district.

Marseilles-style relaxation, close to your hotel in the Vauban district.

Exploring the stairways in the Vauban quarter
Experience Marseilles like a local! Meander in the Vauban district and then head for the beaches. These leisure activities are all at your disposal in the area around the Mercure Marseille Centre Prado Vélodrome hotel. Take a real break under the Provence sky.
A seaside resort atmosphere close to your Vauban quarter hotel
La Colline la Garde is one of the crucial elements in its contours. From your Vauban quarter, head for the steepest slopes. You’ll soon come across ramps with stone balustrades, and stairways between narrow rows of picturesque houses. Quiet reigns here in these streets brimming with flowers, where the cats move in the shade and find new places to nap. At the top of the hill, Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica offers a really spectacular view of the Vieux-Port and the Mediterranean sea. The nave is a good place to find cool, even in high summer. You can admire the basilica’s neo-Byzantine décor, rich in golden mosaics and polychromatic marbles.
Why not enjoy the generous year-round blue skies? Climb aboard a bus and, in 10 minutes, you’ll go from the lush green streets of the Vauban quarter to the sparkling coast of the plage des Catalans. The panorama of the îles du Frioul is worth this excursion and you can also have a dip in the gorgeous blue sea before stretching out on the sand for forty winks. If the ozone gives you a good appetite, you can sit and enjoy a copious bouillabaisse, an aïoli garni, or an assortment of seafood. Among the good addresses close to the beach, we recommend Chez Michel, in the rue des Catalans. Laid-back atmospheres and delicious fresh catch of the day... You’ll be asking for more!
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