Marseille the beautiful, the incandescent, the naughty.

Known as one of the must-see European cities, Capital of Provence, 3 hours from Paris by TGV, it opens up to the world, plays on striking contrasts and fascinating paradoxes; rich in its natural and cultural heritage and traditions, Marseille is no less visionary, even avant-garde.

Beyond the borders, the Phonecian city is a melting pot of cultures, colors, languages, more than 2600 years of history and strengths.

In 2021, Marseille will still be a must!

The international event not to be missed from January 21st-February 21st: BIAC (International Biennial of Circus Arts)

For its 4th edition in Marseille, this biennial event promises to be rich in emotions, to bring a little laughter and magic back into our lives. Artists and companies coming from France, Belgium, Canada and even Australia will travel to Marseille and the South region!

At each new edition, no less than sixty shows for more than 250 performances will be offered. 

On the program for this biennial: circus arts, both traditional circus and modern circus, large troupes and small companies, juggling, acrobatics, clowning, music, dance, magic, and poetry…

The long-awaited new cultural and playful concept: the Underwater Museum of Marseille

In development for several years, the Museum has just installed its first submerged works. This “multi-artist” installation of 10 monumental works is located off the beach of Catalans, 5 meters deep. This extraordinary museum, accessible to all, is a true artistic, technical, scientific, educational and environmental feat. Antony Lacanaud, the Founder, wanted to allow all Marseille’s residents and visitors to freely discover the beauty and fragility of the local seabed. A proper welcoming area for the Museum is planned on the Catalans’ beach in order to carry out workshops to raise awareness of the marine environment. So get your masks, flippers and snorkels!

The exhibition-event everyone is talking about: Jeff Koons at the Mucem in May 2021!

From the beginning of May 2021 until October, the works of Jeff Koons, the world-famous American artist and pope of “neo-pop”, will take over the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (Mucem). This exhibition will be conceived as a dialogue between the works of the artist, former trader and superstar of contemporary art, and the museum’s huge collection (250,000 objects, 350,000 photographs, or 150,000 books, etc.). 20 works by Jeff Koons vs. 200 pieces from the Mucem’s collection

The dreamy boutique hotel which has just opened: TUBA

Since July, a new hotel-restaurant, bar and private beach makes Marseille shiver with excitement. Tuba is the new establishment nestled in the port of Goudes, with a breathtaking view of the sea and the Calanques. A truly intimate atmosphere with only 5 rooms and a setting worthy of the movie “le Grand Bleu”, the hotel is run by a group of friends and is located in a former diving center. The “70s” era decoration, the striped beach mattresses and the touches of marine and natural inspiration plunge us into an atmosphere as relaxing as it is chic.

The must-see visit: the Cité Radieuse of Le Corbusier

Discover with a guide this masterpiece of 20th century architecture, classified as an historical monument and UNESCO World Heritage site. This City of Habitation, built between 1947 and 1952 by the architect Le Corbusier, is comprised primarily of a commercial street and a rooftop terrace on which the design center MaMo from famous French designer Ora Ito is located.  There’s also an exclusive visit to an apartment classified as a historical monument. For information and reservations : 

News: release of the film “Stillwater” with Matt Damon, shot in Marseille in 2019

This thriller/action film directed by Tom MCCarthy (“The Visitor”, “Spotlight” …) was shot in Marseille between August and November 2019. This production recruited a team of 150 people and more than 3000 extras visible in the streets of the city. Magnificent images that give Marseille great visibility on the big screen.

The release of the film in theaters is scheduled for autumn 2020

Press contact Marseille Metropolitan Tourism and Congress Office:

Marion FABRE,

T. +33 (0)4 91 13 99 73, +33 (0)6 73 86 09 78