If you were lucky enough to get tickets for the six-nations Ireland V France match this year, you may be already headed to the beautiful town of Marseille to witness the clash of these rugby powerhouses in the iconic Stade Vélodrome.
According to the IRFU, Head Coach Andy Farrell has named his Ireland Match Day Squad for Friday night’s Guinness Men’s Six Nations opener against France in Marseille (Kick-off 9pm local time/8pm Irish time).
Peter O’Mahony captains Ireland for the Round 1 clash, with a number of players in line for their Championship debuts in green.
However, we here at Travel Times think an opportunity to spend time in Marseille should be extended outside the stadium and rugby pubs. Here we look at other joyful experiences to soak up over the coming weekend.
Enjoy this vibrant city as you wander through the bustling streets, filled with lively markets, boutiques, and cafés. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Old Port, where you can people watch and take in colourful fishing boats against a backdrop of historic architecture.
History and Culture
This city has a captivating history and cultural richness. If you have time you can visit landmarks like the iconic Notre-Dame de la Garde, offering panoramic views from its hilltop perch. Explore the narrow streets and picturesque squares of the ancient Le Panier neighbourhood or unearth Marseille’s past at the MuCEM, a top-tier museum devoted to Mediterranean civilisations.
Treat your palate to the flavours of Provence with Marseille’s local cuisine, featuring fresh seafood, aromatic herbs, and spices that blend Mediterranean and Provençal influences.
If you can tear yourself away from the Irish pubs for the weekend that’s in it, Marseille’s has an authentic nightlife takes centre stage, offering a diverse array of bars, clubs, and live music venues.
Our top suggestion- La Caravelle
On the 1st floor of Hôtel Bellevue, this lovely little bar is styled with rich wood and leather, with a zinc bar and yellowing murals that hint of its 1920s pedigree. If it’s sunny, snag a coveted spot on the portside terrace, and sip a pastis as you watch the throng below.