Sport and leisure in Marseille

Sporting activities available in and around Marseille.
Kayaking - Sailing - Diving - Ice Skating - Swimming - Walking - Football - Learning French


Kayaking

- you can hire your own kayak or take a guided kayak tour of the calanques with K6 in Cassis. They don't have English speaking guides but they do have printed information in English. They use "sit on" kayaks which are easier to handle. They have an English web page with all the information you need.

Sailing

- available around the Marseille coast. We are looking for English speaking sailing lessons.

Diving

- available all around the coast and well worth doing. We are looking for providers who speak English.

Ice Skating

- Marseille has a swanky new Palais Omnisports newly opened in December 2009 where you can ice skate, roller skate and skateboard and BMX (assuming you have your bike). No. 72 bus from Rond Point du Prado or Le Timone (both metro/bus interchanges).

Swimming

- take the no. 83 bus from the Vieux Port, direction Rond Point du Prado and hop off at one of beaches for a swim. In the summer months it will seem like all of Marseille is with you.  The metro line 2 to Rond Point du Prado and the no. 19 will take you to Escale Borély and la Pointe Rouge for beaches bordered by bars and restaurants. So after your swim you can have a beer, a pastis or a meal while gazing out at the Med. In the summer there is also a boat between the Vieux Port and Pointe Rouge.

Walking

- Marseille boasts some of the most beautiful coastline there is. Take the no. 21 bus to Luminy and follow one of the footpaths to the calanques, or the no. 19 to Montredon and walk in the hills.  Because of the fire risk, walking is restricted during the summer. Check the Bouches du Rhone website here to find out where you can and cannot go. There is a map that uses a colour coding system, orange is open access, red is access limited to between 6 and 11am and black is access prohibited.

Football

- watching and playing.  If you know about football you'll know about OM (Olympique Marseille). The ground, the Vélodrome can be visited.  It is having eye watering amounts of money spent on it to modernise and expand it. You might also want to watch a match. Take the metro line 2 to Rond Point du Prado.

OM are also partners in the "foot village" a new facility providing a range of pitches that people can book to play 3,4 or 5 a side matches. There's also a swimming pool and fitness room and you can buy day passes. It's in the 10th arrondissment 139 rue François Maurillac. The foot village website is here.

Learning French

- If you're staying for a while try Destination Langues for French classes at all levels. Classes are small and friendly. You'll meet people from all over the world and they organise activities, so you can try kayaking, theatre trips, tours and lots more, all while improving your French.

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