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“The Old Port”
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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 July 29, 2013

A large harbour filled with a mix of yachts for the super rich to working fishing vessels - and the huge Norman Foster mirror roof that feels like your reflection in the sea and provides respite from the sun, this is a great place to wander and soak up the atmosphere.

I went to restaurants away from the port, as recommended by tripadvisor, and was not disappointed by the food, though the the back streets were shabby with a dinstinct odour of urine!

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We didn't expect it to look so well and I suppose it looks even better now, there were some works in progress, they were redoing the pavements, so I guess they have the nicest promenade there, as Marseille is European Cultural Capital this year. It's both busy and quiet, lot of yahts and smaller boats, you can see people fishing peacefully on its pierces and take a cruise boat to Ile d'If (see my other review), Isles Friules or Calangues. Routes are very well organised, everything is in time, the crews were very nice to the passengers and helped them descend.
The port is quite wide and there was a kind of a local ferry connecting the opposite sides. Nice city views from the port, there are interesting buildings right by the water, Marceille city hall being one of them.
If you have time and the weather is nice, it's definitely worth to take a cruise from the old port.

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

I've carried around for years an image of old Marseilles that was almost out of the 19th century - teeming, dark, dangerous. The re-done Old Port area os quite the opposite -- all the buildings have been sand-blasted and their bright and clean limestone reflects the sun; clean water with small boats coming in and out of the old port, and wide expanses for strolling and cafes. This is a place to soak in the ambiance, seated with a glass of rose wine or a good espresso (or both!). Very enjoyable respite from the tourist trudge.

Thank Marty M
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

So it's a tourist trap? Well live with it and enjoy it. There are some good places to eat, and watching the comings and goings of the boats is always fun.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The old port has some interesting boats docked there and one entire side of the port on the land - there are many interesting restaurants. But the shopping is very average and there's little else to see or do there. Take the hop-on/hop-off bus and make one circuit of this area. That's all you need to do.

Thank Craig A
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