The Old Port of Marseille

The Old Port of Marseille

Marseille, France’s largest city on the Mediterranean coast and its largest commercial port, is a European Capital of Culture alongside Košice in Slovakia for 2013. As such, there’s a lot going on and a lot to experience all over the city; which I wrote about on HouseTrip’s blog back in April.

My accommodation in Marseille was provided by HouseTrip as part of the #Housetripping project. All opinions are my own.

When I visited in the spring as part of the #Housetripping project I was entranced by the Old Port which is really the center of historical Marseille. Having grown up in New England around sailboats and a boating culture, something in me is always drawn to the water. Luckily, my wonderful HouseTrip apartment was only a few blocks from the port and every day I spent time roaming along the water and amongst the boats.Every morning fisherman still depart the harbor around five o’clock in the morning, long before the sun comes up, and around eight or nine they return to to Quai des Belges to sell their catch. Setting up buckets of seawater next to shallow blue trays, they sell their fish, octopus and eel. Sometimes they are aided by mothers, wives or another family member. Customers line up, make their selection, and can then be seen walking off with still-squirming catch in plastic bags.While the larger, more modern port is where the shipping container and cruise businesses are centered in Marseille, it is the Old Port that most clearly communicates the history of this important French city. I particularly love the somewhat narrow entrance, guarded by three beautiful structures: Fort Saint-Jean, Fort Ganteaume and the Palais du Pharo.I visited two other properties while in Marseille. This HouseTrip apartment is in the Saint-Pierre area and has a private garden. While this HouseTrip apartment is close to wonderful restaurants and local shops and is in the middle of a very local neighborhood. When you’re planning your visit, use this HouseTrip guide to Marseille as a reference and please check out my friend Lindsey’s Weekend Escape Plan or her lovely photos from her own trip to enjoy Marseille as the 2013 Capital of Culture.