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In the Footsteps of Saint Mary Magdalene

from Marseille City Centre to Marseille La Barasse

Stage 7

A 100% Marseille stage! Let your feet guide you through the colourful and lively quarters of this buzzing city redolent with sea air and the lilting accent of locals always happy to regale you with stories about their beloved home town. A magnificent day out in the footsteps of Saint Mary Magdalene.

Stage profile

Length: 22 km
Uphill slope: 612 m – Downhill slope: 569 m
Length: 5½ hrs on foot
Difficulty: fairly easy

On your way: Landscapes and relief

Your hike starts out from the heart of Marseille. After Abbaye Saint-Victor, take the staircase at Jardin Pierre Pujet and head towards Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica. A bit further on, a gentle descent leads you to Le Bois Sacré (The Sacred Wood). Next, you’ll come to a succession of uphill climbs and staircases before arriving back on Promenade Georges Pompidou. The itinerary then joins up with the Parc Balnéaire du Prado beaches. After the Rimbaud monument, follow the Huveaune river along Parc Borély and continue this agreeable stroll past the Mazargues obelisk before reaching Parc Saint-Cyr and Chapelle Notre-Dame de Nazareth in the Saint-Marcel quarter via a series of lanes and steep pathways. Finally, head along Chemin du Pic Foch to your destination in the Barasse quarter.

Must-see sights: Keep your eyes peeled

The first point of interest on this stage is the iconic and monumental Notre-Dame de la Garde, locally nicknamed “La Bonne Mère” (The Good Mother). Standing guard over the city, the basilica boasts breathtaking vistas over the sea, city and its vicinity. Le Prado is home to Marseille’s largest beach and is the perfect spot if you fancy lazing and lapping up some sunshine for a few minutes. Parc Borély is a haven of greenery highly coveted by locals and harbouring a huge variety of trees and other plant species sure to impress visitors from afar. Last but not least, Chapelle Notre-Dame de Nazareth invites reverence and prayer. Step up to the chancel to admire the 17th-century gilded wooden statue of the Virgin Mary.

Where to sleep?

Marseille offers a whole host of hotels, B&Bs and group accommodation – just take your pick! La Bastide des Escourches is an original address featuring a combination of guest rooms and houses to rent. Opt for a room inside the Bastide, perfect for resting and relaxing at the foot of the Garlaban hills. The Hôtel Ibis La Valentine is also a great place for a welcome breather, promising comfort and high-quality service. The Novotel Marseille Est combines nature with luxury in a quiet and restful setting, complete with an outdoor pool and restaurant for ultimate relaxation. Nestling among trees, the Pavillon Jacques Gentil Château Régis offers a choice of dormitories and spick-and-span rooms complete with bathrooms and a refectory – a bit more basic but still very agreeable.

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Practical info

  • Contact: Office Métropolitain de Tourisme et des Congrès de Marseille – 11 la Canebière CS 60340 13211 Marseille Cedex 0826 500 500 (€0.15 / min) / www.marseille-tourisme.com – information@marseille-tourisme.com

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Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (John 12, 3)

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