A major trading centre and port of the Mediterranean since antiquity, Marseille is picturesque and multicultural. From the Old Port to the Bonne Mère, running around Marseille is almost like embarking on a journey through time and space.
The oldest city in France, Marseille was founded in ancient times around 600 BC by Greek sailors and merchants from Phocaea, located in present-day Turkey. Since then, Marseille has been an important port of trade and transit. During the colonial period, and particularly during the 19th century, it grew considerably, becoming a prosperous industrial and trading city. Marseille is a very hilly city, with streets that are sometimes very steep. Indeed, he highest district of Marseille, Les Trois-Lucs, reaches an altitude of 242 metres, and the highest point in Marseille is the Étoile summit at 652 m in the massif of the same name. This is a real challenge for urban runners and hikers! Since 1995, the districts of Arenc and La Joliette, marked by their industrial past, as well as the Porte d'Aix district, have been the subject of one of the most important urban renovations in Europe. As a result, walking along the Docks, at the foot of the MuCEM or around the Porte d'Aix now offers the pleasure of discovering this ambitious urban project.
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Our running routes in
Prado to the Velodrome
Make the most of the sea along the beaches of the Prado, breathe the fresh air of the landscape gardens of Parc Borély, then admire the unmissable Velodrome. All in all, a beautiful route!
The Greek City
Marseille was founded by the Greeks 2600 years ago, making it one of the oldest towns in France. So, no wonder there are so many amazing landmarks! In just 15km, you'll travel back in time as you venture round the town's most iconic monuments, such as the Longchamp Palace.
Le Panier #2
It's time for a route full of discovery! This route reveals more about Puget's covered market, the impressive Cathedral of Marseille, and even the oldest building in Marseille, the Magistrate of Cabre's house.
Run with Humanity & Inclusion
Let Humanity & Inclusion guide you around the city. This international non-governmental relief organisation helps those in need in more than 60 countries. You will learn about their efforts all while staying motivated. See you at the finish line in 5 kilometers!
By the water's edge
Visit the Old Port and the area around it, for a full visit of the historic centre! Look out for The Palais Monthyon, the Noailles quarter, The Hôtel-Dieu, and the Palais de la Bourse in particular along the way.
The Old Port
On the hunt for the perfect holiday snapshot? Wander along the Old Port and admire its legendary monuments. You're bound to be impressed by the Mucem and the Saint-Jean fort before heading back to the charming Old Town.
The heart of the 1st district
Go and discover some of the must-see monuments of Marseille's 1st district. You'll come across the church of Saint-Vincent-De-Paul, The Palais des Arts, and the arc de triomphe of Jules Guesde square.
Around the Palais Longchamp
Venture to the east of the historic centre of Marseille, and let yourself be guided from the sublime Palais Longchamp to the Saint-Charles station past La Friche de la Belle de Mai.
The Pharo to the Opera
Go along the new edges of the Old Port, from the Palais du Pharo to the Opéra de Marseille. On your way, the Abbey of Saint Victor and the Honoré d'Estienne d'Orves Avenue will tell you their story.
City of Art and History
Climb up to Notre-Dame de la Garde for the most amazing view over Marseille, you won't be able to resist exploring more! So off you go on a historic tour of the town, along the city's oldest streets, such as the Cannebière.