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.
The heart of Marseilles 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.
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.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERAL RISK: MEDIUM
Marseille is an overall safe city. With a rating of 54% France, is ranked 58th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: MEDIUM
There is some pickpocket-related risk in Marseille. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING & KIDNAPPING 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.
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.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: MEDIUM
There might be some risk while taking public transport in Marseille.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW
There are no natural hazards in Marseille and in France overall, other than a few avalanche risks in the Alps.
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.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Marseille is generally very safe for women travelers.
Avoid Being A Victim! 10 Tips for Your Personal Safety
It is best to carry a small bag across your shoulder or wear a concealed pouch rather than a back pack
Carry as little cash as you can
Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Beware of individuals who act strangely and who try to divert your attention in order to steal your belongings.
Pay special attention while seating on restaurants and café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from ATMs or near tourist attractions
Never keep your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a café or restaurant.
Don’t wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way
If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don’t try to stop them as you will risk being injured
Thieves commonly work near tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations, airports, subways and target vehicles with non-local license plates.
Most but not all of pickpockets work in groups, often as teenagers
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