Averages for Marseille in May

Marseille, France, is the capital city of both the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and the Bouches-du-Rhône department. Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is one of the most beautiful and most popular holiday destinations in the country and includes the majestic Alps to the north and the upscale marina towns to the south, while the Bouches-du-Rhône department is home to some of the country&r...

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Averages for Marseille in May

  Temperature 18°C

64°F

Low Temperature 12°C

54°F

  High Temperature 24°C

75°F

  Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  Rainfall 50mm
  Rainfall days 7 days
  Chance of Rain 40 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 100 %
  Sea Temperature 17°C

63°F

Chance of Windy Day 60 %
  Chance of Snow Day 20%

Averages for Marseille in May

Marseille, France, is the capital city of both the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and the Bouches-du-Rhône department. Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is one of the most beautiful and most popular holiday destinations in the country and includes the majestic Alps to the north and the upscale marina towns to the south, while the Bouches-du-Rhône department is home to some of the country’s most important medieval villages and Roman ruins.

Although April has passed, the April showers sadly haven’t, and May receives moderate rainfall similar to the earlier winter months. However, the rains do die down as the month progresses and heads into the significantly drier June. There are 7 days with precipitation this month. The chance that any type of rainfall occurs decreases in the course of the month, from 31% in the beginning to 25% toward the end. Three types of rainfall are observed, the most common of which is moderate rain. This occurs on 56% of the days with rainfall. Thunderstorms and light rain respectively occur on 24% and 18% of those days.

The weather in terms of temperature is stunning, bringing mild nights of 12°C, and warm days where readings reach around 24°C on average. These two nighttime and daytime temperatures increase drastically throughout the month. The average low rises from 20°C to 25°C; the average high from 11°C to 15°C. The overall average temperature in May is 18°C. Even the sea temperature almost reaches comfortable levels, although it’s not quite there yet, averaging 17°C.

The day length continues to increase. May 1 is the shortest day of the month, with 14.10 daylight hours. May 31 is the longest, enjoying 15.11 hours of daylight. This implies a day-to-day increase of precisely 2 minutes.

After a six-month period of relatively high cloud cover, the sky now begins getting less and less cloudy. Cloud cover decreases from 43% to 35% in the course of the month. These two factors play a big role in the sunshine story. May sees one hour of sunshine more per day than April—now, there are 9 sunshine hours to be enjoyed on average each day.

Looking to visit Marseille in the upcoming weeks? Make sure to check out our up-to-date weather forecast for detailed weather information.

The Fort Saint-Jean in Marseille City

The Fort Saint-Jean in Marseille City

Where to Stay

For contemporary accommodation in the heart of the city, consider staying at Seven Urban Suites. Rooms typically sleep two, but the two-room apartments and family suites sleep up to four, so it is a very common option for groups and families. Children under two stay for free, and there is an organic breakfast buffet served up each morning. It lies only two minutes from a métro station—you can be at all major attraction in no time.

When visiting France’s second-largest city in May, the Novotel Marseille Vieux Port is a superb option. This four-star hotel is situated in the city centre and is a great place to stay at, no matter if you’re a travelling businessperson or a tourist. There are six meeting rooms, an outdoor pool, a whirlpool, a modern restaurant, and a bar and lounge.

People who want to enjoy more peace and quiet can opt to stay at the B&B Bastide Etoile, a welcoming guesthouse in one of Marseille’s surrounding villages. There is a direct métro line into the city centre—the ride doesn’t take longer than 10 minutes. This is a wonderful place to stay to explore both the city centre and the many attractions in the countryside.

The old Harbour, Marseille

The old Harbour, Marseille

Things to Do

For first timers to Marseille, one of the best, and most entertaining, ways to see the city is on the Petit Train Marseille. This road train, designed specifically for tourists, takes visitors from the Old Port to Notre Dame de la Garde, with a chance to see everything in between. There are three different routes to choose from, and the trains can be used in a hop on, hop off capacity. Ticket prices depend on the routes, but are very affordable—and there are discounts for children.

A particularly noteworthy landmark in Marseille that you might want to visit in May—because the pleasantly warm afternoons make it ideal for walking around—is the Château d’If. This fortified castle lies on a small island just off the coast of Marseille and became famous after being featured in Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. You can visit this spectacular attraction by boat and learn about the area’s history. Also, the views are quite extraordinary.

The port of Cassis

The port of Cassis

Eating and Drinking Out

Marseille is very culturally diverse, and this is evident in the number of non-French restaurants in the city. O’Pakistan serves up authentic Indian food, with the Thali menu being extremely popular among those who can’t decide, with a little bit of many dishes being brought to the table. Samosas, pakoras and kebabs are a few examples of appetisers, with beef, potato and paneer curries being main contenders in the main course category.

Restaurant L’Esplai – The Grand Bar des Goudes is a superb place to go if you’re in the mood for seafood. Overlooking the harbour, the restaurant’s outdoor terrace is where you can enjoy the freshest fish and most spectacular seafood dishes. No visit to Marseille would be complete without having bouillabaisse at least once—so have it here!

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