Located on avenue Jules Cantini, near Castellane Place, 26th Centenary Park (Parc du 26ème Centenaire) is at the heart of a bigger project to create more pedestrian areas in the city. During summer, it offers a nice break in the city’s centre.
Launched in 2001, 26th Centenary Park is one of Marseille most recent parks. It is quite obvious when you observe its layout. The park is located exactly where an old train station, the “gare du Prado”, was.
It boasts four different gardens (Provençal, Oriental, African, Asian) and a small lake. Right above the lake, you can admire a panorama of our Bonne Mère (Notre Dame de la Garde basilica) and Saint-Cyr hills.
In this park was planted “l’Arbre de l’Espérance” (the Tree of hope) which symbolises tolerance and fraternity. 500 000 names of Marseillais were engraved on paving flags, just behind the tree.
Tips & anecdotes
We advise you to visit the park only in spring or summer time, as it is not really interesting during winter.
Its name refers to Marseille 2 600 years of history, symbolised by the 26 sequoias among with the 1 500 other trees in the park.
There is a “buvette” (small café) inside the park, called “Le pavillon de thé”. Take a break and enjoy a cold drink in the shade!
In the park you will find:
- Exhibition room
- Tea room
- Bike trails
- Pétanque playgrounds
- Sport playground
- Bike rental service
Rond-Point Zino Francescatti, 13010 Marseille
- From the 15th of October to the 14th of February: 8am-6pm
- From the 15th to the 28/ 29th of February: 8am-6.30pm
- From the 1st of March to the 30th of April: 8am-7pm
- From the 1st of May to the 31st of August: 8am-8pm
- From 1st of September to the 14th of October: 8am-7pm
You must leave the place 15 minutes before the closing time
HOW TO GET TO 26TH CENTENARY PARK?
- Station Delpuech / Corinthe
- Parc du 26ème centenaire stop (lines 50 and 73)