Visit of Scenic Marseille Neighbourhoods
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Marseille is a wonderful city with multiple facets. Just minutes away from the vibrant activity of the centre are picturesque little harbours and coves, so quiet and unspoiled that it is difficult to believe that you are still in Marseille!
Le Vieux Port: Marseille’s vibrant heart and historical center lined up with fantastic restaurants, cafés and stores. Take the time to wander around and find quiet plazas and pedestrian areas, such as Place Aux Huiles and Cours d’Estienne d’Orves (both on the right side of the harbour). Following extensive renovations, Le Vieux Port area is now mostly dedicated to pedestrians.
Le Panier: Oldest district of Marseille, located on the north (left) side of the Vieux Port. A fascinating maze of carefully rehabilitated narrow streets. Some nice stores and restaurants.
Cours Julien: Artsy pedestrian neighborhood, nice choice of restaurants, bars and open air markets held several times a week.
La Corniche JFK: don’t miss a drive or walk along this 5km (3 miles) seaside promenade, just follow the road around the Vieux Port, heading south. Stop in Vallon des Auffes, an adorable and tiny fisherman’s port, with crystal clear water.
Les Goudes: follow the coast to the east to find another quaint and delightful fishing harbour, far away from the city’s frenzy.
L’Estaque: at the NW part of town, close to the shipyards, beautiful little port with restaurants and a few stores.
La Cote Bleue: West of Marseille, between l’Estaque and Carro is the gorgeous Cote Bleue, with its 25km of calanques, small fishing ports and beaches.