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Stillwater: Marseille in Matt Damon's shoes

Walk in the footsteps of Matt Damon and discover the Mediterranean city and all the essential sites of a town with a thousand years of history.

Published on 8 October 2021

A gateway to the Mediterranean: the Vieux-Port

Marseille’s Vieux-Port is the real symbol of the town and a logical venue in the movie Stillwater featuring Matt Damon. An important stronghold of the Mediterranean town, it opens onto the Mediterranean Sea from the point of Fort Saint-Jean. The buildings which surround it echo the town’s influence on 19th century maritime trade. The Vieux-Port is the perfect place to eat fresh seafood, in one of the many restaurants it houses or from its famous fish market.


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Les Baumettes, Marseille’s notorious prison

Plunge into the dramatic world of the film Stillwater where the Baumettes prison becomes the place where the whole plot unfolds. Located in the 9th arrondissement, the prison is part and parcel of the town’s identity. Covering more than 30,000m2, it is one of the largest and most popular prisons in France. Its 80 years of history have given birth to a real myth with the tempestuous and controversial history which is engraved in Marseille’s DNA.

Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is watching over us

What would the town of Marseille be without the lucky star that watches over it from the top of the hill of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde? The “Bonne Mère” (Good Mother), as the locals call it, is one of the most iconic venues of the Mediterranean city. The 19th-century basilica is the place to snap when passing through Marseille, especially when an incredibly blue sky stretches above it. So it is hardly surprising to see it appear several times as a backdrop behind Matt Damon in full swing in the streets of the town.

Les Goudes, a fishing village at the end of the world

The quarter of Les Goudes represents Marseille real authenticity. The little fishing village located at the end of the town on the edge of the Calanques is home to traditional cabins, seafood restaurants, picturesque former fortifications, and of course the most fantastic places to take photos. Staged in the movie, this unmissable panorama in Marseille offers breathtaking movie shots into which Matt Damon and Camille Cottin fit marvellously. And the sunsets over the rocks, which make this place so magical at the end of the day, also deserve an honourable mention.

La Corniche, Marseille’s symbolic road

Renamed Corniche du Président-John-Fitzgerald-Kennedy in 1963 following the assassination of the president of the United States, this coastal road runs alongside the Mediterannean for 3.7 km from the beach of Les Catalans to those of Le Prado. It has become a real myth in Marseille, and La Corniche appears countless times in several cult movies. To drive along La Corniche is to discover one of the most beautiful roads in Provence, and appreciate the wonderful views it has to offer at any time of day.

The Stade Vélodrome, the town’s heartbeat

In Marseille, life is rhythmed by the matches of its football club and its 60,000 seat stadium: the prime lair of the people of Marseille. This is the playground of L’Olympique de Marseille, one of the most legendary and respected clubs in Europe. The Vélodrome is the town’s showcase, famous for its unique atmosphere borne by the unwavering fervour of the people of Marseille, which bubbles and seethes during the OM’s European evenings. Their most memorable match? The final of the Champion’s League on 26th June 1993 where Marseille won 1-0 against Milan, raising it to European heights for several years thanks to Mister Bernard Tapie.

Cours Julien, an open-air masterpiece

Once the quarter of the town’s tradesmen, the Cours Julien is now the artistic core of Marseille. Hence the shot where Camille Cottin is standing in front of the church of Notre Dame du Mont, very popular in the area. Street Art, colours and events are all to be seen on the most lively road in the Mediterranean city. Visit the many art galleries and fashion boutiques, have a meal on the terrace of the fashionable restaurants of the quarter, or walk along the pedestrian streets filled with art – these are are all things you can do as you discover the Cours Julien. When night falls, it becomes the key place to have a party and make the most of the town’s atmosphere.