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“Mediterranean hidden gem”
Review of Old Port

Old Port
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US$29.64*
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Historical Center Walking Tour of Marseille
Ranked #20 of 279 things to do in Marseille
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Marseille's old port, once a great commercial center for boats arriving from Africa, has recently experienced a dramatic revitalization as a destination for cruise ships.
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Marseille is the hidden gem worth the visit and the Vieux Port is its heart and soul. It was recently renovated during the preparation for hosting the European Capital of Culture in 2013.
You can enjoy the lively fish market every morning, a cup of coffee at the terrace, or just walk around between tourists, boats and numerous events taking place every day. At the end of the day pick a restaurant for cocquilages or bouillabaise. Or both...

Thank Borzov
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Marseilles was the last stop my two 18 year old grandsons and I were taking on a 12 day tour of France. We would take the plane back to USA from there. We decided to stay for a day and see the sights. The Vieux Port area was lovely and our hotel was right next to the metro so it was easy to get from the train station to the hotel and also to the airport the next day. The boys being avid fisherman from the US gulf coast enjoyed watching the fishing boats come in with the daily catch to sell on the harbor. The yachts moored in the harbor were great to see and the area was very safe and clean. Restaurants and shopping was also walking distance away. We enjoyed our last days in France in Marseilles' Old Port.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Marseille, to be blunt is a dump. Luckily, we stayed in the Old Port area and after a nail-biting walk, gripping onto my bag and frantically looking over my shoulder for didgy characters, we arrived at the spectacular Vieux Port. It is a lovely place - feels safe as well with a great choice of restaurants and bars and historical buildings nearby. One word of warning though - lots of the restaurants don't offer outside eating which is a great pity and some don't offer food until 7pm. We discovered this having ordered a bottle of red wine to accompany our meal, only to be told no food til 7pm and indoors. Ended up getting sloshed and eating a Big Mac and chips!
The palace is well worth visiting - bit of a climb for older folk but great views.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

I was a bit woried about staying in Marseile. But to my pleasure, it turned out to be much, much better then I expected. Old Port was very clean, with plenty of things to see and do. The metro to the train station was also safe and clean.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

The area is fabulous, with great historic values. Close to the "vieux port" you will find two kinds of touristic trains on wheels. One train will take you directly to Notre-Dame de la Garde, the other train goes right inside different streets close to the port. If you have just one choice, take the long run going to the basilic, it's a better deal for the same amount of money.

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