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"The Old Port" Vieux Port Tip by Tom_Fields

Vieux Port, Marseille: 39 reviews and 86 photos

  The Old Port, with Fort Saint Jean
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  • The Old Port, with Fort Saint Jean - Marseille
      The Old Port, with Fort Saint Jean
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  • Fort Saint Nicholas - Marseille
      Fort Saint Nicholas
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  • L'Hotel de Ville - Marseille
      L'Hotel de Ville
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  • The Old Port by night, with Notre Dame de la Garde - Marseille
      The Old Port by night, with Notre Dame de la Garde
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Le Vieux Port, or Old Port, is where Marseille was founded. This natural U-shaped harbor is large enough only for small fishing and pleasure craft--not for the huge sea-going container ships, which use the much larger harbor just to the west.

Around the Old Port are the fortresses of Saint Nicholas and Saint Jean. They served a dual purpose--both to defend the port and to maintain control over the often-restive civil population of this city.

Also along the Old Port are some fine examples of French architecture, such as l'Hotel de Ville (the City Hall), the medieval churches, and le Chateau de Pharon (not open to the public). If you're hungry, you won't find better seafood than here. The local specialty is bouillabaisse, a delectable seafood soup. Look out for the bones.

Directions: In the heart of the city.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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