The Old Port of Marseile is perhaps the most famous and recogonized place of the city. Today, it is a popular place for residents to hang out in and a main tourist spot with many restaurants and bars located around it.
While around the port, you’ll be able to feel the antique history of it. The port was first used by the Greeks 600 B.C and it has ever since remained the city’s center for maritime purposes.
Aside from the sail boats docked in the port, there are many points of interest located around it, which makes the Old Port a perfect starting point to discovering Marseille. Some of these points of interest are: St Victor’s Abbey, located on the southern part and built between the 3rd and 9th centuries on the site of a burial ground – it is also one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in the country; Lighthouse Phare de Sainte Marie, the Roman Dock Museum, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations and the Canabérie, whose name comes from the fact that cannabis used to be grown here.
There is ferry that crosses the port and it is a wonderful experience if you don’t mind the crowds.