4 Days in the beautiful French cities
Day 1 – Flew from London to Marseilles and roam around Marseilles and take a late train to Cannes.
Day 2 – Travel by train to Monaco and roamed around Monaco
Day 3 – Enjoyed the beaches around Cannes
Day 4 – Travel back to Marseilles and fly back to London
The plan is to visit Marseilles, Cannes and my favorite racing circuit in Monaco,
The weather all round was pretty good, the temps reaching 26 deg C and a bit humid, so carry some light clothing, you wouldn’t need any warm clothing in the night too as the temps stay around 20+, but expect a lot of sea breeze.
What to eat
France is famous for its bread, you get a lot of Ciabattas and sandwiches, croissants, coffee and what not, there are plenty of restaurants to try out, the Vieux port in Marseilles is all lined up with a ton of eateries on all sides of the U-shaped port, Cannes has its selection of restaurants too in the central market place and Monaco can be a feast with posh restaurants, Pizzearias and crossantieries sprinkled all over the place.
Travel and useful tips
We landed in Marseilles by Ryanair on June 04 late night, there is a shuttle bus “Navette” that takes you from the airport to the central station Marseille St Charles, the cost per person is 7.50Eur and the journey takes 30 mins.
What to see in Marseilles
Marseille is a small and beautiful city, we stayed in “Vertigo” hostel (booked via Hostel world), it was a nice and decent place to sleep for the night, had our breakfast and the Marseilles exploration begins.
The Vieux Port founded by the Greeks 2,600 years ago, remains the heart of Marseille with its fish market at Quai des Belges beginning just after sunrise daily.
Fort Saint Nicholas on the south, a French Foreign Legion post, and Fort Saint Jean on the north, now city offices. The three quays around the U-shaped Vieux Port are broad esplanades attracting strollers and dog-walkers.
The Cathedral, a few blocks north of the Vieux Port along the Quai de la Tourette, was the largest church — 460 feet long and 230 feet high under its dome — built in Europe in the 19th centuryThe Cathedral is open from 9 a.m. to noon, 2-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and closed on Monday. Admission is free.
Marseille’s signature is firmly written at Notre Dame de la Garde, the city’s highest location. On top of the 151-foot tall belfry is a bronze statue gilded in gold leaf of the Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus with outstretched arms as if to protect the city. At night floodlights shine on the 31-foot tall statue. Inside the church, ship models hang from the ceilings as offerings from seafarers. The interior is layered in gray and maroon marble with mosaics on gold and blue backgrounds. From the parvis, the panorama takes in Marseille basin from the Mediterranean Sea to the west, the Estaque chain to the north, the Etoile chain to the northeast, the mountains of Garlaban and Saint Cyr to the east and southeast and the Marseilleveyre massif to the south. The church is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. It’s about a 45-minute walk, mostly uphill from the port, or take Bus Number 60 that runs between Cours Ballard, adjacent to the port, and the Basilica. The bus ticket is $1.48 (8F; rate for story 1F = $0.185), the price of one bus, metro or tram ticket good for 70 minutes of travel on the city’s transportation system.
We took the Marseille Tour, a toy train like vehicle that takes you to all the places of interest, ticket prices are 8Eur for the Hour and a half trip – route No 1 (Yellow Route), this takes you along the coast, via the cathedrals, and to Notre Dam de la Garde, you can hop off here, and then get the next tour back to the port
Chateau d’If, the 16th-century prison fortress in the bay area on the sea, its a tourist spot now and can be reached by ferry
Admission to the prison is 5EUR. The ferry departs the docks at Quai des Belges, next to the fish market, daily every 90 minutes, starting at 9 a.m., weather permitting, and ending about 4 p.m. The round-trip to d’If is 7EUR, to both d’If and Frioul (the shuttle boat, which also serves the community at Frioul).
What to see in Cannes
We just spent a lot of time in the beaches in Cannes, you have some fine sand beaches to bask in the sun and some museums to visit and a local market near the Cannes SNCF station.
What to see in Monaco Monte Carlo
One of my favourite race tracks from the F1, the country is the second smallest and beautiful sitting between the majestic Alps and the Cool blue Mediterranean sea.
Marseille airport to St charles station – 7.50EUR PP
Marseille tour – route 1 – 8EUR PP
Ferry to Chateau d’If and back – 7EUR PP
Entry to Chateau d’If – 5EUR PP
Train from Marseille to Cannes – 30EUR PP
Train from Cannes to Monaco – 8EUR PP
Monaco Tour – 8EUR PP
Entry Monte Carlo Casino – 10EUR PP