Marseille and its near surroundings offer numerous opportunities for excursions. Here are some suggestions:

Walk through the Calanques near the CPPM: the calanque of Sugiton is one of the nicest places on the coast between Marseille and Cassis and can be reached within a 45 minute walk. Do not forget to bring water with you.

The whole calanques can also be viewed from the sea taking a boat: tours of 4 hours start from the Marseille Vieux Port at 14H00 and navigate up to Cassis and back.

Shorter boat trips also link the Vieux Port to the islands of the Chateau d'If and the Frioul (few kms away). The Chateau d'If is a Renaissance military castle where Edmond Dantes, the fictitious hero of Alexandre Dumas' novel, "The Count of Monte Cristo", was jailed.

Downtown around the Vieux Port, several monuments and museums are worth a visit :

The "Musee d'Art et d'Histoire" and the ruins of the antique greek and roman harbour.

The "Musee des docks romains" showing storage areas of the antique roman harbour.

The abbey of St Victor from the middle ages.

The museum of the Vieille Charité, a hospital built in the 17th century.

More information will be available with the registration documents and on the Marseille city web site

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