Marseille Old Port is the town hub and the most distinctive area of Marseille. Used as a landing site by the first Phocean mariners in 600 BC, Marseill Old Port remained Marseille centre of maritime activity until the 19th century, when a more modern port was built. Destroyed by the Germans during world war two, it was rebuilt in the 50s and its quays now host fishing boats and pleasure crafts. Its wide quays attracts local people and tourists who wish to have a walk, meet other people and have some fun in the numerous local bars and restaurants.
The famous Quai des Belges hosts the fish market every morning where you can by fresh high quality local fish. Marseille Old Port is surrounded by lively narrow streets full of seafood restaurants and shops, such as the famous Canebière Street. From Marseille Old Port, you can see the splendid Notre-Dame de la Garde Cathedral and the 17th century town hall.
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