Borély park is Marseille most popular park. Located near the Prado beaches and the Corniche, it offers a very pleasant break in the busy city. Loved by the Marseillais for its large roads and hidden corners, it is the place where everyone comes for sport or leisure time, biking, running, walking roller… picnics or tours on small boats.
The park extends on 17 Hectares and offers:a large English garden, a French garden, a rose garden. Finally, the famous botanic garden, “le jardin botanique Édouard Marie Heckel », named after its creator, has several spaces on different themes:
- A traditional Chinese garden offered by Shanghai city
- A Japonese garden
- A garden of medicinal plants
- Many glasshouses and more…
In the heart of the park rises the castle, « château Borély ». Built in the 18th Century by Louis Borély, a rich merchant whose desire was to build the most beautiful and rich of all Marseille bastides (vast and majestic houses typical of Provence).
Tips & Anecdotes
If you feel thirsty or hungry, stop at the park’s café, Café Borély. It offers organic and fresh products, and everything is home made!
Take a look to Borélivres, the museum’s bookshop, which offers a large selection of art books for adults and young public, and books about Provence or related to the museum permanent exhibitions. You will also find books on Mediterranean flora, walking trails, cuisine, and gardening!
For an « exotic » walk, try the « Rosalie » (an amusing quadricycle, perfect for families). Also don’t miss the museums exhibitions inside the castle (see below).
In the Parc Borély you will find :
- The Musée des Arts décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode
- Le Café Borély, restaurant and tea room located on the East side of the castle
- Borélivres, the museum’s bookshop
- Children playgrounds
- Bikes, Rosalies, and barks rental shops
551/564 avenue du Prado, 13008 Marseille
- Park: all along the year 6am-9pm
- Museum: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm
- Free access
- Jardin botanique only: full 3€ / reduced price 1,50€
- Musée Borély + Jardin Botanique, ticket : full 6€/ reduced price 3€
HOW TO GET TO THE PARC BORÉLY?
- Station Prado Borély
- Station Mendes France Huveaune
- Station Rond-Point du Prado (line 2)
- Parc Borély Stop (lines 19, 44 ou 83)