France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Vieux Port, Marseille, France
Heart of the city and still an active port today, the Vieux Port dates to Roman times.

 
   

 

The Vieux Port today is host to a variety of commercial and pleasure craft, all safely moored in this protected port. Many restaurants and hotels line the Vieux Port, and pedestrians stroll along enjoying the views.

The port is quite large, so you may want to take advantage of the free ferry boat that runs back and forth across the port, from the Place aux Huiles to the Hôtel de Ville.

The Hôtel de Ville is one of the only historic buildings right on the port, the rest having been bombed in World War II. This lovely building dates from the 17th century, though the site has served as city hall for longer than that. A few blocks behind it is the Panier district, the oldest part of Marseille.

One of the lovely views of Marseille looks across the Vieux Port and up the hill to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde.

Vieux port, Marseille

From the Vieux Port you can explore the historic forts that guard its entrance; take an excursion boat to nearby sites of interest; or walk to the Panier district. The Tourist Information Office is near the head of the Vieux Port.


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Boats in the Vieux Port, Marseille, France

Above, View of the Vieux Port from the Saint-Nicolas Fort.

Below, The Hôtel de Ville, Marseille.

 

Hotel de Ville, Marseille, France

   
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