Marseille

Founded in 600 BC by Greek mariners, Marseille (or Marseilles) is the second-largest French city and the most Mediterranean one. With its sights around the Vieux Port, the large Cannebière avenue and its wonderful Calanques national park, Marseille is a top destination for tourists.

Although the police force are highly-effective in making Marseille a safe place, tourists may nevertheless be a target for pickpockets and crooks on the city’s streets.

SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Marseille is an overall safe city, however like in any major large city there are some areas which are best avoided. The main tourist areas are safe, even though they attract pickpockets. With a rating of 54% France,  is ranked 58th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in Marseille. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Marseille is an averagely safe city regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in  Marseille. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

There might be some risk while taking public transport in Marseille.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There are no natural hazards in Marseille and in France overall, other than a few avalanche risks in the Alps.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

There is a high terrorist threat going on in the country; it is best to avoid very crowded areas and public demonstrations.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Marseille is generally very safe for women travelers.

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Vieux Port

The heart of Marseille lies on its Vieux Port (Old Port) where ships have been docked for over 26 centuries. As commercial docks were moved to the north, the Vieux Port now only has fisherman boats, yachts and touristic boats. The entrance to the port is guarded by Fort Saint Nicolas. As the most touristic area of the city, attracts thieves, pickpockets and scammers, which can be seen on the map.

The Coast

Along the J.F. Kennedy coastal roads unwinds a lot of small beaches and fishing coves, small islands and splendid castles. A refreshing escape from the center of Marseille.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay (and work) in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. Check out http://www.doyouneedvisa.com/ to see if you need a visa.
France is a member of the Euro Zone and uses the Euro. France and Western Europe are particularly expensive. Allow a budget of at least 100€ per day including accommodation.
The weather in France is temperate, the best time to visit is around summer (June-September), although major cities can be visited year-long.
The main international airports are Aéroport de Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Aéroport de Bordeaux, Aéroport de Lille, Aéroport International Strasbourg, Aéroport Lyon-St Exupéry, Aéroport Marseille-Provence, Aéroport Nantes Atlantique, Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur and Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page