Vieux Port
Vieux Port
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Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Vieux Port started docking ships and boats back in 600 B.C., and it was a vibrant hub of the city until steamboats became the preferred mode of transport and Vieux Port was considered too shallow. Later in WWII, the Germans bombed the port, and it was left in disrepair until the mid-1900s when a revitalization project restored the port. These days, it is back to its former self, with scores of bobbing sailboats and an array of restaurants, bars and shops located just ashore. 

Recent visitors said you could easily spend hours strolling through Vieux Port, perusing various shops and restaurants to satisfy any taste – and even hopping aboard a Ferris wheel. History buffs will be entertained here too, as there are several historical structures still standing, including Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins, a Roman Catholic church that dates back to the 12th century. 

Access to the port area is free and available 24/7. You'll find the port at the end of La Canebière, tucked between Fort Saint-Jean and Fort Saint-Nicholas. To see the port from the water, you can hop aboard an eco-friendly ferry boat, which departs from the town hall several times a day and takes visitors from one side of the port to the other. For more information, visit Marseilles tourism office website

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