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  • Address: Quai du Port, Marseille 13002, France
  • Admission: Free

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Marseille Vieux Port (Old Port)

Marseille Vieux Port, or Old Port, is the hub of the city. It was the natural harbor of this port town since antiquity; the Greeks landed here in 600 BC and set up a small town for trading. The town grew and in the middle ages became a center for growing cannabis, or hemp, for nautical rope. Hence the name of Marseille's  main street Canebiere, which leads down to the old port. By the mid-1800s, the port of Marseille could dock over 1,000 ships at one time and around 18,000 ships passed through each year. However once steam took over from sail, the harbor proved too shallow and the focus moved to new docks built at La Joliette. Then in WWII, the Nazis obliterated the port and the historic town in the Battle of Marseille. After 1948, a reconstruction project was undertaken and these days the port is again a bustling center of Marseille, although these days only for leisure boating.

These days the New Port, to the north, has taken over the commercial harbor functions. There is a modern container shipping terminal. Only visit it if you like big machines and lots of noise. Naturally it is not open to tourists.

Practical Info

The port lies at the end of the main street of Marseille, Canebiere. Trains and buses galore go to Vieux Port and, not surprisingly, the stops are called Vieux Port.

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Marseille Shore Excursion: Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Marseille, null

Marseille Shore Excursion: Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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While in port in Marseille, enjoy a shore excursion to see the best sights of the city! Choose a one-day or two-day ticket and tour the oldest city in France ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $21.90
Marseille City Pass, Marseille, Ports of Call Tours

Marseille City Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

As a tourist and cultural passport, the Marseille City Pass is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. This pass is dedicated to individual visitors who wish to discover ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 24, 48 or 72 hours

From USD $27.66
Private Tour: Marseille and Aix-en-Provence Day Trip from Avignon, Avignon, Sightseeing & City ... 

Private Tour: Marseille and Aix-en-Provence Day Trip from Avignon

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From Avignon take a day trip to Marseille and Aix-en-Provence with a private guide to experience the highlights of these must-visit Provencal cities. In ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.68

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