The old port is the heartbeat of Marseille, which was founded by Greek traders in 600 BC. Every morning fisherman sell the catch of the day here as they have for centuries.
A short stroll from Vieux Port is Le Panier, or the old town, with pleasant alleys filled with cafes and boutiques. The streets of boho chic Cours Julien, the city’s hippest neighborhood, are lined with graffiti and street art. The district really comes alive at night when the many cafes and bars fill up.
Marseille’s attractions also include forts, cathedrals and museums. More recent additions include the modern architecture of The Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean designed by Algerian-born French architect Rudy Ricciotti.
Despite its makeover and increasing gentrification France’s oldest and second largest city has kept its unique character - a mix of Mediterranean cultures embedded in its maritime roots.