The Émile Duclaux Garden has great views of the coast and the old town of Marseille. It is also home to the Palais du Pharo.
A stone’s throw from the Old Port and on the way from the latter to boulevard La Corniche Kennedy you will see the former imperial residence of Napoleon III Palais du Pharo (palace of Pharo) and the surrounding garden with magnificent views of the old town of Marseille and its northern coast.
In 1852 Napoleon III, while staying in Marseille, fell in love with the city and decided he wanted to build a palace next to the water. The city council agreed to this, as a token of gratitude to him. Unfortunately, Napoleon III never lived in Palais du Pharo or even saw the palace finished.
The building once served as a medical school and it is now used as a centre for congresses, seminars and conventions. Jardin Émile Duclaux gives you a bird’s eye view of the Old Port and the rest of the city. Take the paths, which run along the edge of the cliff, to discover some wonderful viewing spots. Don’t miss the huge and powerful monument dedicated to those who died at sea during World War I.
Jardin Émile Duclaux
58 Boulevard Charles Livon – 13007 Marseille
Every day, 7:00-21:00