Old Port of Marseille: what to do, where to eat and where to spend the night

The second most populous city in France, only behind Paris, is a box of surprises. Its privileged location, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, is one of its greatest attractions. In Marseille, life goes on near water. When you visit Marseille, you cannot miss the Old Port, an incredibly busy place but with an unequalled charm. You have the opportunity to discover this and many other corners of the capital of the Provence - Alps-Côte d'Azur region on Renfe's AVE (high-speed) France trains, AVE (high-speed) International travelling between Spain and France. Hop on a train and stop wasting time!

The history of Marseille is closely tied to its Vieux-Port (Old Port). This is guarded by two forts, Saint-Nicolas and Saint-Jean. This is not only a place to enjoy the calm beauty of fishing boats and other vessels docked there. You can also look up to marvel one of the best views of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde on the top of the hill.


Views of the Port of Marseille

What to visit in the Old Port of Marseille

The Old Port of Marseille is packed with interesting sites that are worth discovering one at a time. In addition to enjoying the lively atmosphere at any time of day, you can visit the Abbey of Saint-Victor, which dates back to the fifth century.

Pharo Palace is another monument you cannot miss. Louis Napoleon asked this building to be built in the nineteenth century. Currently, it is used as a conference centre. It is also worth visiting Santa María Lighthouse, the Roman Docks Museum and the Town Hall building.

Where to eat in the Old Port of Marseille

There is no more idyllic plan in Marseille than to have lunch with splendid views of the sea. That is why the Old Port is one of the best options to stop along the way and try the local dishes.

The Cours Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves is packed with restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy fresh fish and seafood, or the popular bouillabaisse. Place aux Huiles and its surrounding areas, very close to the above square, is another excellent option.


Views of the Port of Marseille

Where to stay around the Old Port of Marseille

The Old Port area is one of the best if you wish to spend the night in Marseille. Imagine waking up with views of the Mediterranean?

There are many interesting places in this area, from lively and casual hotels to the most elegant ones with a long history. In addition, the Old Port's hotels are in an unequalled location, very close to the world renowned Canebière high-street.

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If you have not visited Marseille's Old Port, we encourage you to get on one of Renfe's AVE (high-speed) France trains, Alta Velocidad (high-speed) International travelling between Spain and France, to enjoy an unforgettable experience in this charming Mediterranean city. We take you from Barcelona, Madrid or Zaragoza, among other Spanish destinations.

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