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

Marseille ATTRACTIONS See all

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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Private Tour: Street Art, Food and History Tour in Marseille, Marseille, null
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Private Tour: Street Art, Food and History Tour in Marseille

Enjoy a wonderful day in Marseille, 'the Phocean city', to explore its must-sees, hidden treasures and secret places during a food, street art and historical ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.97
Marseille Electric Bike Tour, Marseille, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Marseille Electric Bike Tour

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See top Marseille attractions including Palais du Pharo (Napoleon’s Palace) and Notre-Dame de la Garde from an electric bike as your local guide shares the ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 3 or 4 hours

From USD $47.96
Best of Provence Day Trip from Marseille: Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Les Baux de Provence, ... 
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Best of Provence Day Trip from Marseille: Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Les Baux de Provence

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Discover the delights of Provence on this full-day tour from Marseille, and enjoy scenic countryside, heritage and history, and fine wines! With an expert ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $148.45
Electric Bike Tour to the Calanques from Marseille, Marseille, Day Trips
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Electric Bike Tour to the Calanques from Marseille

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Spend a day riding along the breathtaking Mediterranean coast on this electric bike tour from Marseille. Pedal with ease to the city’s southern outskirts and ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.92
Private Tour: Marseille and Aix-en-Provence Day Trip from Avignon, Avignon, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
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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 $79.94
Provence Lavender Fields and Aix-en-Provence Tour from Marseille, Marseille, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Provence Lavender Fields and Aix-en-Provence Tour from Marseille

3 star rating: Worth doing 18 Reviews

Visit the vibrant Provence lavender fields on a full-day trip from Marseille! Traveling with an expert local guide, you'll spend the morning of your tour in ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.45
Historical Center Walking Tour of Marseille, Marseille, Day Trips
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Historical Center Walking Tour of Marseille

Explore the legendary foundation of Marseille on this walking tour of the city. You will travel through the centuries to meet the Greek city, then the Roman, ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $22.84
Private Tour: Marseille City Sightseeing and Chateau d'If, Marseille, Walking Tours
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Private Tour: Marseille City Sightseeing and Chateau d'If

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Explore ancient stone fortresses and unearth centuries of Mediterranean heritage on this 5-hour private Marseille city tour including a visit to Château ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.36

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