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Vieux Port

Marseille’s old harbor offers centuries of history, outstanding coffee and produce, and beautiful views of the city and Mediterranean Sea. 

Embark on a tour of Marseille’s Vieux Port, a gorgeous harbor that features a buzzing promenade and centuries of Mediterranean history. You’ll find the Vieux Port between the old town and the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Spend a day here to learn about some of Marseille’s heritage, enjoy the cafés and explore some of the city’s premier attractions.

Start your day with a breakfast at one of the many cafés along the promenade. Cafés on the north side of the port offer a must-see view of the Notre Dame de la Garde, which rises majestically from an outcrop to the south.

After breakfast, walk around the area to see some of the structures that tell of Vieux Port’s 2,600-year history. The forts that guard the entrance to the port, for example, date back to the age of French kings and beyond. Fort St. Jean, at the north entrance, is from the late 12th century and is now an exhibition space for the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée, MuCEM).  

For a tasty lunch, buy fresh produce at the fish market held daily on the promenade. Then, head to Panier (old town) to wander historic streets and to browse the many food and shopping stalls.

The port is also a great starting point for other adventures around Marseille. The bus terminus to the south is an access point from which you can reach all parts of the city. Hop on a boat and spend a day exploring the spectacular white limestone cliffs of the Calanques National Park. Additionally, the port is located adjacent to the Canebière, a lively thoroughfare lined with galleries, opulent theaters and the tourism office of Marseille. 

Vieux Port is central to Marseille, offers plenty of accommodation options and is well serviced by public transport.


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Lodging Near Vieux Port

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$134
Hôtel la Résidence du Vieux-Port

Hôtel la Résidence du Vieux-Port

18 Quai Du Port, Marseille
4.5
of 5, from 292 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hotel de Ville and La Vieille Charite. Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Notre-Dame de la Garde are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$75
New Hotel Vieux Port

New Hotel Vieux Port

3, Bis Rue Reine Elisabeth, Marseille
3.9
of 5, from 742 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in 1st Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centre Bourse, La Vieille Charite, and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Notre-Dame de la Garde is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.

$63
Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Vieux Port

Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Vieux Port

30 rue Jean Trinquet, Marseille
4.0
of 5, from 334 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of La Vieille Charite and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Notre-Dame de la Garde is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) away.

$81
Grand Tonic Hotel Marseille-Vieux Port

Grand Tonic Hotel Marseille-Vieux Port

43 Quai Des Belges, Marseille
3.5
of 5, from 1,123 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in 1st Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Marseille Tourism Office and La Vieille Charite. Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Notre-Dame de la Garde are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$117
Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port MGallery by Sofitel

Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port MGallery by Sofitel

4 Rue Beauvau, Marseille
4.3
of 5, from 542 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in 1st Arrondissement, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Marseille Tourism Office and La Vieille Charite. Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Notre-Dame de la Garde are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$83
Escale Oceania Marseille Vieux Port

Escale Oceania Marseille Vieux Port

5 La Canebiere, Marseille
4.3
of 5, from 640 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in 1st Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Marseille Tourism Office, La Vieille Charite, and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Notre-Dame de la Garde and Chateau d'If are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$64
Staycity Aparthotels Centre Vieux Port

Staycity Aparthotels Centre Vieux Port

4 place Pierre Bertas, Marseille
4.4
of 5, from 153 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musee d'Histoire de Marseille and La Vieille Charite. Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Notre-Dame de la Garde are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$64
Residhome Marseille Saint Charles

Residhome Marseille Saint Charles

10 boulevard Charles Nedelec, Marseille
4.2
of 5, from 776 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of University of Aix-Marseille I and La Vieille Charite. Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Notre-Dame de la Garde are also within 2 mi (3 km).