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Marseille, France


Le Vieux Port

Introduction

Marseille is France's second largest city with a large port in southern France. With not a lot of interesting sights, consider heading to nearby Aix-en-Provence 30km to the north.

Where You're Docked

Ships dock at the commercial port a couple of miles north of the city. Shuttles are usually provided into the city dropping off by Hotel de Ville (City Hall) though you can also take a taxi. Update June 2013 - the port may provide a free shuttle to the city.

Information on getting to the terminal from Marseille Tourism website http://www.marseille-tourisme.com/en/marseille-cruises/join-your-cruise/print/1/


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Money and Tipping

France's currency is the Euro (EUR). In Europe, it is common to round up the bill to leave a small tip (5-10%).

Local Transportation

Marseille has a metro and tram network but it isn't too handy for tourists. Sights in the city center are easily reachable on foot.

Hotels

Search hotels in Marseille here

Sights

  • Le Vieux Port (Old Port) - The old port area of the city
  • Notre Dame de la Garde - this church overlooks the city. Take bus 60 from old port or the tourist train if you don't want to walk up the hill.
  • Le Panier - Old town district of Marseille on the north side of Vieux Port

Shopping & Restaurants

Centre Bourse is a large mall at the end of Vieux-Port. Noailles market is an interesting ethnic market just east of Vieux-Port near the same named metro station. La Canebiere is the city's main street and the city centre is around rue Paradis. Place Thiars pedestian zone on the south side of Vieux-Port has many restaurants and cafes. Marseille is known for excellent pizza and bouillabaisse, a fish stew originating from here.

Internet

Try cafes and restaurants for free wifi.

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