Visit of Marseille, the Old Port, the Prado beaches

A visit of Marseille to discover the city: the Old Port and the Borély Park.

This itinerary is a stroll among the most emblematic places of the city of Marseille. We start from the Old Port, access is easy by public transport (metro, bus, train, tram...). The TGV station is only 15 minutes away on foot. Then we continue towards the park Borély, the distance being important we will take the bus which goes along all the cornice. Marseille has been the capital of European culture for a year and the city centre has been transformed, for example with the MuCEM - Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations. This is a good thing, but unfortunately it does not transform mentalities. Marseille is not yet a great tourist city and the tourist is often badly considered (to say the least). It is simply unacceptable.

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Duration: 4 h.

Departure of the Old Port walk

Departure of the Old Port walk
Here is a market of fishermen who come to offer their catch of the day in the mornings.

Restaurant on the Old Port

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Restaurant on the Old Port
This old ship is in fact a restaurant. Right next to it is the departure of the shuttle bus that allows you to go to the other side of the Old Port. The shuttle is free. It is a good way to go to the other side of the harbour (just in front).

Liner at the dock

Liner at the dock
Marseille wants to become a major tourist stop in the Mediterranean. Many liners arrive all year round.

La Major Cathedral

La Major Cathedral
In creating this cathedral, the architect wanted to mix several different styles and influences to show the openness of Marseille to the whole world. We can find oriental and occidental styles which makes it a unique building.

Interior of the Major

Interior of the Major
The interior is beautiful and worth a look.

Departure of the cruises

Departure of the cruises
Departure of the boats for the visits in the surroundings of Marseille, the Islands of Frioul and the castle of If (where according to the book of Dumas "the Count of Monte-Cristo" was locked up Edmond Dantes) are the great classics. You can also visit the famous calanques.

Restaurants

In these pedestrian streets right next to the Old Port there are many restaurants. There are many fish restaurants that offer the emblematic dish of the city: the bouillabaisse (fish soup).

The Old Port seen from the Pharo garden

The Old Port seen from the Pharo garden
The Pharo garden is a public park which is closed at night, it is located at the end of the port and allows to have a peripheral vision on the whole of Marseille.

The Pharo Palace

The Pharo Palace
The Palais du Pharo was built under Napoleon III, it cannot be visited. The view at the end of the garden is splendid. You can admire the departure of the boats from the port.

Continuation of the itinerary

It is possible to take a bus along the seafront to reach the Prado beach from the Vieux-Port. The bus route along the corniche allows you to discover the whole seafront of Marseille.

Prado Beaches

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Prado Beaches
The whole coast around Marseille is very steep and the beaches are rare. Here are the most important beaches.

The rose garden of the Parc Borély

The rose garden of the Parc Borély
The park is not huge and one can quickly go around it. It includes a central water feature.

The Borély castle

The Borély castle
The Borely family was a family who made a fortune in trade and built the castle in 1767. The park is now a public park.
Departure point (Google Maps)

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