Visit Marseille’s Old Port

Discover Marseille’s atmosphere and history through its Old Port

Emblematic of the city of Marseille, the Vieux Port is one of the places not to be missed when visiting the Phocaean city. Located right in the center of the city, it’s the perfect location: booking a hotel on the Vieux Port will enable you to walk to all of Marseille’s tourist attractions, while enjoying a splendid view.

The Vieux Port is Marseille’s oldest port, dating back to antiquity. A hub of Mediterranean maritime trade until the 19th century, it was then transformed into a marina, as commercial port activities were relocated to the north. Today, Marseille’s Vieux Port is one of Europe’s largest squares, and is still undergoing an ambitious redevelopment project to make it entirely pedestrian-friendly. This extraordinary site is destined to become a central public space, encouraging exchanges and the organization of cultural events, a true multimodal hub.

Vieux Port de Marseille

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The Old Port is a great place to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat on one of the sunny terraces that line the waterfront. A trip to the fish market, where fishermen call out to strollers to sell them the day’s catch, is sure to whet your appetite for bouillabaisse, the local culinary specialty!

Marseille’s coastline is also well worth a visit: you can take a boat trip to theVieux Port pier to visit the famous calanques, a good option if your time is limited but you’d still like to get a complete overview. And don’t forget to stroll through the charming neighborhoods surrounding the Vieux Port: walk up the Canebière, take the Cours Estienne-d’Orves, visit the Panier district or discover Les Goudes or l’Estaque.

A cosmopolitan and lively city, Marseille is sure to enchant you with its lilting accents, colors and fragrances!

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