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Walking around port area

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Walking around port area

Hi,

I will be in Marseille October 25-26. My guide book has museums and the like, but can somebody recommend a good walk around the area near the train station and the port to the west? Looking for markets, architecture, interesting shops, people-watching, etc.

Are there any "must see" sites (even museums) around there?

Thanks.

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1. Re: Walking around port area

Not much to see round the train station - though there is a good market at Noailles, about a 5-10 min walk from Saint Charles. http://bit.ly/9FyxCc The main action is around the Old Port and the Old Town (Panier). Don't miss the MuCEM.

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2. Re: Walking around port area

The Cours Julien would be the place for different and off beat shops, restaurants, cafes...

Your guide I am sure gives all the must sees.

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3. Re: Walking around port area

Make sure you take a different path to and from the superb Mucem building.

From the Old Port, walking west,right after the Bout du quai café, you'd take the stairs to Fort St Jean and the footbridges to the museum shaded terrace(with deckchairs).Interesting "circular" ramp behind the lattice leading to the main entrance on the basement.Free left luggage on level -1.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV5TX8SAppo

You may feel the constrasts of Marseille by taking the stairs to the quaint Panier right from the neat haussmanian Place Sadi Carnot in the middle of Rue de la République.You'd exit the Panier by taking the stairs beside the massive and beautiful (former historic hospital) Intercontinental Hotel above the Town hall on the old port.

"Le Ferry boat": free crossing from there to the other side of the port, if needed.

There is also a 0.50€ City shuttle from Fort st Jean to the Pharo Palace and gardens.

rtm.fr/en/…city-shuttle

From there you'd walk to Plage des catalans and to the Vallon des Auffes .Inconspicuous staircase to the vallon opposite the memorial as shown in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXw0PwMDBLo

The many renovations in Marseille:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd12RYT2M6A

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4. Re: Walking around port area

If you go to the tourist office you can pick up a free map which shows 2 or 3 walking tours. The best for you would be the red route around the Panier (old town). It is even marked on the pavement/sidewalk in many places.

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