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Marseille Electric Bike Tour
"Begin your small-group electric bike tour of one of the oldest cities in Europe at the historic Old Port (Vieux Port) in central Marseille. Your deluxe electric bike requires much less pedaling than a standard bike so you can explore the city with ease. Plus attachable baby seats and trailers make this an activity the whole family can enjoy. Throughout your trip your native guide will share anecdotes about Marseille's rich heritage and show you secret streets and places only locals know about. You may even get the chance to see the locals playing their favorite game pétanque which is a type of boules and similar to bocce.Ride up to Palais du Pharo (Napoleon's Palace) where you’ll take in lovely views of Marseille and the Old Port. Marvel at Notre-Dame de la Garde
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Urban Electric Bike Tour of Marseille
"Meet your small-group and guide near Pointe Rouge beach to begin your easy afternoon e-bike ride through Marseille city center. Get outfitted with a helmet and a 2016 electric mountain bike — equipped for comfortable effortless riding allowing you to pedal cruise or a combination of both — and enjoy a 3-hour journey through Marseille. Cruise along the sea front from Pointe Rouge to the old harbor cycling through Corniche Kennedy Parc Borely Roucas Blanc Notre Dame de La Garde and many other emblematic places. Explore the maze of streets and discover architectural treasures
From EUR39.00
 
Marseille Shore excursion : Urban Electric Bike Tour of Marseille
"Your exciting half day shore excursion to Marseille city begins with a morning pickup from your cruise terminal. Meet your guide and board a minivan or a taxi to get to your starting point near the sea.Get outfitted with a helmet and a 2016 which allows you to ride effortlessy and enjoy a 3-hour journey through Marseille. First you will ride along the sea front from Pointe Rouge to the old harbor cycling through Corniche Kennedy Parc Borely Roucas Blanc the renown basilica of Notre Dame de La Garde and many other emblematic places. Explore the typical Marseille streets and discover some architectural treasures beautiful fragrant gardens and the small ports of the Marseille sea front. Your experienced guide will tell you the history of these place during your unique journey.  Then
From EUR50.00

Corniche Tips (12)

La Corniche

There is a long long corniche (coastal road) called Corniche Président Kennedy. The bus #83 goes all the way from the old port to the very end of the corniche. We hopped on and off the bus and walked quite a bit, but I must say that part of the walk was not really that enjoyable, because that street sure does have quite some traffic. The views are great, though!!!

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tini58de
Apr 04, 2011

THE CORNICHE SEA-SIDE WALKWAY OR DRIVE

For once, I didn't walk it, instead I enjoyed the beautiful views that are seen from the walkway when travelling in the Little Tourist Train. Views are of the sea, from the Catalans cove to the Prado beaches, and of the Frioul islands and the Château d'If.

In 1848, it was decided to create a seaside thoroughfare in order to provide work for the numerous unemployed of the time. Today, the Corniche is 5 kilometres long, and can be driven along or walked along.
It was redeveloped at the end of the fifties and renamed Corniche J. F. Kennedy in 1963. In the 19th century, rich merchants had magnificent villas built here, some are still here. Standing on the Corniche is a huge propeller blade, a sculpture commemorating the people repatriated to France from North Africa.

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balhannah
Sep 10, 2012

Corniche: Plage des Catalans

Feel like a stroll along the beach in the middle of a big city? Well, keep walking past the forts at the entrance to the Vieux Port, and eventually you'll emerge on the Corniche John F. Kennedy which takes you through some of Marseille's most exclusive neighbourhoods, past sandy beaches wedged between cliffs, hidden coves and Art deco hotels with views to die for, top seafood restaurants and luxurious villas, as well a number of striking monuments placed strategically at viewpoints.

First stop is the Plage des Catalans, so close to the port you can almost see cars boarding the ferries, and you can certainly see them sail perilously close. But the sand is clean, the sea clearer than you would expect, and the bodies playing beach volleyball beautiful.

Just offshore are the Iles du Frioul and the Chateau d'If, a castle perched on a rock just big enough to keep it from toppling into the sea. Ferries take sunbathers and tourists over to the islands throughout the summer, although to be honest there doesn't look to be much there...admittedly that's based on a quick peek through binoculars from the corniche and a browse of pics on google earth, so who knows, perhaps they hold hidden delights.

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maykal
Nov 11, 2012

Corniche: Monument aux Morts de l'Armee d'Orient

Just before the Corniche crosses the inlet of Vallon des Auffes, a grand monument stands on a rock jutting out into the sea. It commemorates those soldiers from the French colonies, mainly Algeria, who fought and died for the country during the world wars. I wanted to get close to take a better photo and find out a bit more, but like so many things in Marseille in 2012, it was fenced off pending a clean up. I made do with poking my camera through the fence, managing to snap the statue with the setting sun right behind it.

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Nov 11, 2012
 
 
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B15) Villas along the Corniche


After that two viaducs were built (1863) above Vallon des Auffes and Fausse Monnaie the area around Corniche Kennedy became an attractive place to build villas and Castles (see Tip B16). Altough the Corniche was enlarged in 1960's, the panoramic view remains wonderful.

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BeChar
Jul 12, 2005

B1) Plan of the tour "Corniche"


For the blue tour (mainly along the sea) we start from the Tourist Office, direction Old Port. We will discover the Pharo, small valleys and villas, and come back through Notre Dame de la Garde.

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Jul 08, 2005

Corniche du President Kennedy

The Corniche du President Kennedy can either be walked or driven. The road which was originally constructed during the mid 19th century was significantly enlarged from 1957 to 1968, It was at this time that the road was dedicated to President Kennedy who was assassinated in 1963,

Walking the road provides both a feel for this pretty area as well as many vistas looking in to the town and out to the water. Neighborhoods appear under bridges and there are great views of the islands just off of the Marseille coast. We took this walk on a Sunday afternoon In November. The weather was unseasonably warm with scattered clouds. The grade from downhill up the road is very slight and easy to walk. For those willing to take it to the end the pretty beaches of Gaston Defferre and Prado await. The entire trip can be done in around an hour an a half depending on how many stops you wish to make

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TooTallFinn24
Dec 02, 2014

Corniche: Malmousque

The Corniche cuts inland for a short section, allowing a lucky few a bit more privacy to build the perfect seaside villa in an area called Malmousque. Malmousque was another fishing village, now an exclusive playground for the rich. Paths lead down between the houses to coves and sunbathing rocks, as well as another top seafood restaurant, but it was all a bit too exclusive for me...

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maykal
Nov 11, 2012

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Corniche: Vallon des Auffes

For me, the most picturesque part of the Corniche has to be the Vallon des Auffes, a small fishing community that was until the 1940s almost completely cut off from the rest of the city, only accessible by sea or perilous coast path. Now, the corniche has been built over a bridge at the end of the bay, giving panoramic views over the rooftops and boats below. Walking down the winding steps to the bottom, you emerge in what is still a fishing community despite the encroaching urban sprawl on all sides. Men still mend their nets and paint their boats down here, but nowadays they're joined by tourists taking photos and locals who come to eat at a famous bouillabaisse restaurant.

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maykal
Nov 11, 2012

Corniche: Plage du Prophete

A kilometre or so further on and you reach the nicest beach, a triangle of bleached white sand with crystal clear water that sits in a slight bay, backed by some of the prettiest villas on the corniche. This is Plage du Prophete, which doesn't look like it belongs to France's gritty second city and would be more in keeping somewhere more tropical. It was August, so the sea was a bit like a human soup, but the fact that people are happy to swim in seas so close to a major port says a lot about the cleanliness of the water.

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Nov 11, 2012

Corniche: Monument aux Pieds Noirs/Plage Prado

Another monument and another viewpoint, this time it commemorates the French settlers (pieds noirs) who left Algeria after independence in 1962, and arrived by ship in Marseille. This section of the Corniche overhangs the sea as it clings to the cliffs, but despite first appearances, there is still plenty of access to the sea. Look out for the holes in the pavement with secret steps leading to quiet rocks for sunbathing or whatever activities people get up to when they think they're out of sight. Looking over the side of the corniche, there was no shortage of people diving off the rocks into the clear waters below.

Finally, the Corniche reaches Plage du Prado, a fairly ugly stretch of city beach backed by bars and restaurants as well as a big ferris wheel.

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Nov 11, 2012

Coastal walk : La Corniche Kennedy

This street follows the coast of Marseille to the West. It is borded with the sumptuous houses and mansions of the upper merchant classes of the 19th century. To see absolutely!

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ptitetoile
May 25, 2005

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