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In the Footsteps of Saint Mary Magdalene

from Marseille L’Estaque to Marseille City Centre (Saint‑Victor)

Stage 6

A fairly short stage awaits you in this buzzing city founded by Ancient Greeks, in the footsteps of Saint Mary Magdalene. An urban escapade, where the sea is never – or almost never – out of sight and a great way to get a new angle on Marseille.

Stage profile

Length: 19.5 km
Uphill slope: 464 m – Downhill slope: 460 m
Length: 4½ hrs on foot
Difficulty: fairly easy

On your way: Landscapes and relief

Your day’s hike in Marseille begins on the port of l’Estaque, on the GR® de Pays 2013 Marseille Provence Métropole long-distance trail. You’ll then head along Chemin de Saint-Antoine in Saint-Joseph, passing in front of the fountain of Saint Mary Magdalene and one of Marseille’s Catholic churches in Les Aygalades: Notre-Dame du Mont Carmel. Drink in the views over the Grotte-Ermitage des Aygalades, where Mary Magdalene sought refuge with her fellow travellers. You’ll see the sea appearing beyond the coast road before continuing on to explore the city via Cathédrale de la Major.

Must-see sights: Keep your eyes peeled

Climb the Montée des Accoules, then head down to the Musée d’Histoire history museum and around the Vieux-Port to Abbaye Saint-Victor abbey.

Your tour of Marseille in the footsteps of Saint Mary Magdalene ends at Abbaye Saint-Victor abbey, where you’ll be able to admire an altar dedicated to the saint in the crypt carved into the rock. This exceptional site is an ode to prayer and contemplation.

N.B.: We also invite you to follow the itinerary to Aix-en-Provence. This was the town to which Marie-Madeleine brought the testimony of Christ’s resurrection and worked miracles with Maximin, her companion in exile, who was to become the first bishop of the town. He had a chapel built there devoted to Saint Sauveur which would later become the Cathédrale Saint Sauveur. To get to Aix-en-Provence from Marseille, take line 50, see timetable: www.lepilote.com

Where to sleep?

Here are a few accommodation ideas perfect for recharging your batteries after your fabulous stroll around Marseille. The Hôtel Ibis Budget in Rue Sainte is a reliable classic of course. But if you’re looking for something a little livelier, opt for the Vertigo Hostel, a welcoming hotel-come-youth hostel with tastefully-decorated rooms where you’re sure to feel at home. The nearby Vieux-Port (Old Port) lined with bars and restaurants offers the promise of a great night out too. In a different but equally alluring spirit, La Communauté du Chemin Neuf, situated at the Centre Notre-Dame du Roucas, is a hub of rest and meditation where you’re sure to enjoy a rejuvenating night’s sleep.

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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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When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11, 32)

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