Once a bustling hive of activity for sex including several strip clubs, massage parlours and sex salons, Marseille’s adult industry is in decline. Whether a result of the change in prostitution laws in 2016 or simply a case of reduced demand and a shift of focus to internet advertising, there are only a handful of places to get your rocks off on this port city.
Located on the southern coast of France, Marseille has a reputation for being a party town and has always had an active night life, particularly with prostitutes. But knowing where to find them and what the alternatives are is all about being informed.
In this guide, we take a look at the options available for paying for sex in Marseille including libertine clubs, strip joints and street hookers.
- 1 Marseille Escorts Guide
- 2 Sex in Marseille
Marseille Escorts Guide
The laws on prostitution in France changed in April 2016 making it illegal to buy the services of a sex worker but not for these same services to be made available. Whilst street prostitution is still rife, fines of up to €1500 are charged for anyone procuring sex.
Escort services, as ever, get around this technicality in law by offering ‘companion’ services and you can find plenty of escorts advertising online.
There are more than fifty profiles to choose from on the 6 Annonce website all servicing the Marseille area and providing services from basic covered full sex to more fetish related.
Profiles are comprehensive with many including videos along with full pricing and availability.
The range of women on offer is wide with a mix of ages, ethnicities and shapes/sizes.
Contact details are available without the need for registration but prices are steep on the site.
The best part of the service offered by 6 Annonce is that the profiles include real reviews and ratings from other customers so you can do a bit of quality research before making a booking.
Euro Girls Escorts
There are a couple of dozen high-class call girls offering their services in this online directory of hookers. Mostly Eastern European with a couple of French girls thrown in, the selection is good with many working independently and some available through agencies. Rates vary from around €100 per hour and working up to a VIP rate of €500.
Profiles on the site are pretty thin but you can access contact details without having to register.
One of the widest selections of escorts online for the Marseille area, Happy Escorts brings over 150 ladies to the table. Profiles are basic but give rates and simple information on physical attributes as well as some personal details. Rates start at around €200 per hour and can go up to as much as €600.
Contact is made through the website though registration is free.
Sex in Marseille
There are no legal brothels in Marseille.
Also known as Libertine clubs or private salons, swinging is a big lifestyle choice in France and Marseille has a few good clubs where you can go as a couple or a singleton to enjoy casual sex.
254 Chemin de l’Armée d’Afrique, 13010 Marseille
Le Vahiné is a private club open for swinging activities and offering a Turkish bath, disco, sauna and spa. The club has plenty of free play areas and is 100% naturist.
Entrance includes a free drink and is charged at €30-€40 for couples and €50-€60 for single men depending on the time and day you attend.
The club is open as follows:
- Sunday to Thursday: 2pm to 7pm and 9pm to 2am
- Friday: 2pm to 7pm and 10pm to 5am
- Saturday: 10pm to 5am
Le Chant des Cigalles
81 Avenue du 8 Mai 1945, 13240 Septèmes-les-Vallons
The club has a mix of spaces on offer including a dungeon and gloryhole and regularly hosts special events including gangbangs and swinging. The club is about a 25 minute drive north of Marseille but is well worth the extra mileage.
Au Quatre Sans Coup Ferir
4, rue Devillier, 13005 Marseille
One of the oldest libertine clubs in Marseille, the club has a jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath in addition to cinema lounge, play areas and dance floor.
Open seven days a week in the afternoons and Friday/Saturday evenings, entry fees are around €25 for couples and €30-€50 for single men with women often being free.
Eden Private Club Shena Parai
16 rue thubaneau 13001 Marseille
The Queen of the Marseille X, Shena Parai is a transsexual escort operating from her own private club, Eden.
You have to contact Shena to find out about a private meeting to experience all that the ‘third sex’ has to offer but reviews are good and her club is well appointed.
Erotic Massage Parlours
Marseille has a few clubs where customers can often find more than just a lap dance on the menu. The clubs often have dimly lit areas for private dances and there are plenty of girls working here that will do extras for good tips.
73 corniche JF Kennedy, Marseille
Offering lap dances, private dances and stage shows, Le Boudoir is a strip club offering plenty of erotic space for casual encounters of every kind.
The club is popular with locals and visitors and has an intimate feel to it with welcoming and friendly staff.
The club is open every evening from 11pm until 5am.
L’Olympe Jardin d’Eden
29 rue Vallon Montebello, Marseille
The ‘Olympic Garden of Eden’ is a mix of strip club come discotheque, sauna and swinging club. Open from 2pm from Wednesday to Saturday, the club offers a good opportunity for a casual encounter.
As a port city with a lot of immigration, Marseille has always had a reputation for prostitution and, though there is no official red-light district, there are areas where you can usually find street prostitutes.
For the best chances of picking of a hooker from the streets, head to Rue Thubaneau, Rue Barthélémy, Boulevard du Prado or Rue Curiol. You can expect to pay around €50 for full sex but don’t expect more than about 15 minutes of their time. Extras can be negotiated including BJ, anal and ‘natural’ services.
Boulevard Michelet is probably the busiest area for street walkers and if you head behind the stadium you can often find services a little cheaper due to the numbers of prostitutes competing.
Do bear in mind that the law prohibits the purchase of sex and you face the prospect of being fined if caught.
120 Cours Lieutaud, 13006 Marseille
A sex shop with film cabins and cinema, the X-centre is a sex and love shop with a difference. The 600 sq. m space not only accommodates a good choice of shopping but also offers the opportunity for a casual encounter with other customers.
They sell a wide range of books, DVDs and fetish items in top of a good basic selection of bedroom novelties, toys and costumes.
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