Norte Dame de la Garde is perhaps the highest point of all Marseille, with a 360 degree view of the whole city; it dwarfs even the tallest of the city's few skyscrapers. The sea is to the south and the mountains rise up on all sides, so that the city sits in a little basin, its urban sprawl halted at the base of these rising mountains.
If you follow the Corniche as far as you can along the sea, you come to a place called Les Goodes. It is here that the road ends east of Marseille, in this little fishing village on the sea where the city cedes to the natural landscape. Mountains rise up behind the village and there are many paths for hiking.
Marseille is a sprawling, vast city, the second biggest in France after Paris. What it lacks in Paris’ iconic sights it makes up for with its character and grit.