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Home to the largest port in France, Marseille holds the title of France’s oldest city, yet it is far from old-fashioned. Surrounded by lush greenery and high cliffs, it is the heart of Provence and home to the Calanques, unusual rocky inlets which line the coast. Many cities cease to exist after 2,000 years, but not Marseille, which has survived more than 2,600 years of history!
Known throughout the centuries as a thriving port town in the heart of the Mediterranean, the city and its port have welcomed thousands of traders from all over the world. Nowadays, the city’s older character has been toned down and mixed with an urban and ultra-cosmopolitan vibe, giving the city a retro-modern feel that you’ll have the opportunity to experience if you rent a RV in Marseille.
Twenty years ago, Marseille was not one of the more popular Mediterranean cities, but now it is one of the most sought after. Redesigned and revitalized, Marseille is a fusion of Haussmannian architecture with a multicultural urban feel. Rich in Mediterranean hospitality, the city is home to the vibrant Old Port and its pleasure craft.
Being the ideal city for urban adventurers does not make it any less ideal, as a campervan rental in Marseille is a perfect starting point for a road trip through the heart of nature in the Calanques or Gorges du Verdon.
Marseille is a rather well-connected city. The Marseille-Provence airport is France’s fifth-largest airport, with 33 airlines offering flights to around 120 European destinations. Marseille-Saint-Charles is the city’s main train station and is located right in the city center. If you choose not to rent a motorhome in Marseille, then this station links the city to Paris Gare de Lyon by TGV in just 3 hours.
International connections are mainly provided by TGV, AVE, and Thalys, providing access to cities such as Frankfurt, Geneva, Brussels, and Barcelona.
If you choose to rent a RV in Marseille, please be aware that parking spaces are limited, especially in the city center. Underground car parks are off-limits to campers due to the height restrictions. We, therefore, advise you to park your van on the outskirts or on a campsite and to visit the city using public transport.
Here are some events that might interest you if you decide to rent a RV in Marseille:
Before you rent a campervan in Marseille, make sure you book a spot on a campsite in advance.
The city of Marseille is renowned for its sun, which shines almost all year round. In 2019, it was voted “the sunniest city in France”, with nearly 2,858 hours of sunshine over the whole year. This equates to an average of 7 hours 50 minutes of sun per day (or around 300 days per year in a good year). This climate makes a RV rental in Marseille particularly pleasant.
All four seasons have something different to offer, but most people agree that the best time to rent a campervan in Marseille is between late spring and late summer.
Winter is fairly mild, but you can sometimes experience the Mistral, a cold wind that blows in from the North-West. That said, the average temperature for the season is around 13 °C (or a minimum of 6 °C), significantly higher than the rest of the country.
Spring is an excellent transitional period between winter and the high season. The fine weather (which starts as early as May) has arrived, and the tourist season is still far from being in full swing. This means that it is a good time to rent a motorhome in Marseille and head off on an adventure.
In summer, temperatures very often reach 30 °C. The sea, warmed by the sun, is very popular with swimmers, and long, hot days can be spent soaking up the rays on one of the city's many beaches.
As autumn arrives, sunbathing on the beach gets replaced by seaside strolls or wanders around the city’s traditional neighborhoods (such as Le Panier, Marseille’s Old Town). At this time of year, temperatures are cooler, but the sun still shines, meaning days stay pleasant until the end of October.
The low season (November-March) is also a quieter time, with more affordable rates for holiday-makers.