HOTELS
Mama Shelter Marseille, 64 rue de la Loubiere, Marseille. Trendy and affordable design hotel with 127 rooms in the hip Cours Julien neighbourhood. There’s also a beach club, reachable by bus or taxi. www.mamashelter.com

Radisson Blu Marseille Vieux Port, 40 Quai de Rive Neuve, Marseille. Contemporary 4-star hotel with 189 stylish rooms, swimming pool, and fitness centre, overlooking the Vieux Port. www.radissonblu.com

Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, 36 Boulevard Charles Livon, Marseille. This luxury 5-star hotel enjoys an enviable position overlooking the Vieux Port. 134 elegant rooms and suites. www.sofitel.com

ATTRACTIONS
Calanques National Park. Easily accessible from Marseille by bus or car, this beautiful coastal park has a rugged landscape of dramatic Mediterranean ‘fjords’. Some of its coves and beaches are gay frequented. www.calanques-parcnational.fr/en

Château d’If. Lying just off the coast of Marseille, this island fortress dates from the 16th century, and was made famous by the novel The Count of Monte Cristo. www.if.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

MaMo, Centre d’art de la Cité Radieuse, 280 Boulevard Michelet, Marseille. A new exhibition and arts space, located on the roof of one of Le Corbusier’s most renowned buildings. www.mamo.fr

MuCEM, 7 Promenade Robert Laffont, Marseille. Open since 2013, this new landmark museum examines the history and culture of Mediterranean civiliza- tions from the Neolithic period to the present day. www.mucem.org

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EATING & DRINKING
Le Cabanon du Cours, 13 rue Vian, Marseille. Trendy little restaurant close to Cours Julien, specializing in Marseillaise cuisine. www.lecabanonducours.fr

Manolo, 12 rue du Panier, Marseille. Hip little café bar in the historic old centre of Marseille, with mis- matched chairs and tables spilling out into the street in summer. facebook.com/barmanolomarseille

Restaurante La Grotte, Calanque de Callelongue. Located in a pretty fishing hamlet in the Calanques, this restaurant and pizzeria has lovely outdoor terraces and grand interiors. www.lagrotte-13.com

Waaw, 17 rue Pastoret (corner of rue de Trois Rois), Marseille. Popular graffiti-covered hangout in Marseille’s hip Cours Julien neighbourhood. www.waaw.fr

SHOPPING
La Fée Trouvetout, 27 rue du Panier, Marseille. A small shop in the historic Panier neighbourhood, selling vintage items, brocante, and souveniers. www.lafeetrouvetout.fr

La Licorne, 34 Cours Julien, Marseille. A workshop-cum-boutique where they make and sell the famous handcrafted Savon de Marseille soaps. www.savon-de-marseille-licorne.com/en

Maison Empereur, 4 rue des Récolettes, Marseille (small boutique at 13 rue du Panier). Founded in 1827, a renowned hardware and homeware store with lovely vintage interior and a stock of decadent daily essentials. www.empereur.fr

Oogie LifeStore, 55 Cours Julien, Marseille. Marseille’s premier concept store has vintage and con- temporary fashion, vinyl records, and a café with terrace overlooking the fountains of hip Cours Julien. www.oogie.eu

GAY VENUES
Cargo International Sauna Club, 9 rue Moustier, Marseille. Large, modern gay sauna with Turkish bath, Finish sauna, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, bar, relax cabins, and play area. www.cargo-spa.com

L’Endroit, 8 rue Bailli de Suffren, Marseille. Small, traditional-style gay bar, located moments from the Vieux-Port. www.lendroitrestoclub.fr

The New Cancan, 3 rue Sénac de Meihan, Marseille. Founded in 1991, Marseille’s one-and-only gay dance club is busiest and best at weekends. www.newcancan.com

Play Bar, 133 rue Breteuil, Marseille. A small, sleek gay bar, popular with a younger crowd. It’s best at weekends from midnight. www.playmarseille.fr

Le Trash Bar, 28 rue de Berceau, Marseille. Men- only cruise bar with DJs, dark room, theme nights during the week, and live porn shows at weekends. www.letrashbar.com