Last week my wife and I went on a citytrip to Marseille. We booked a cheap flight with Easyjet and an apartment on Airbnb. This city has a bad reputation of being neglected, run-down and criminal. In an objective comparison with gracious cities like Cannes and Nice our choice for a citytrip loses out by a far margin. Marseille is still mostly raw, dirty but also authentic. For sure there are some nice looking areas like the old harbour and the Corniche but most of the town looks crap. That's the reason Marseille is not very popular with tourists. This has a positive side as the people of Marseille are friendly and justly proud of their city. Public transport by tram, bus and metro is very good and cheap (buy a City Pass from the Tourist Office!) We were lucky to have sunny weather during our stay.
All images shot with a Fuji X100 and processed from Jpeg Astia setting.
Most areas are covered with street art and graffiti.
Some more street art.
And an intermezzo.
Behind the old harbour is the district Le Panier with all kind of workshops and vintage shops.
Near the harbour the buildings are pretty with less street art and graffiti.
The Vieux Port (old harbour, not the place where the cruise ships moor) was destroyed during WWII but beautifully rebuilt.
This place is the eye-catcher of the town and many tourists only visit this area (my advice; look beyond that).
Lots of restaurants and bars along the harbour, not cheap but the quality of the food is good to excellent (my advice; also check out the back- and side-alleys for nice and cheaper restaurants).
In front is a mirror pavilion designed by world famous architect Norman Foster.
From the harbour ships leave for the excursions along the beautiful mediterranean shore.
Ferry to cross the harbour, a ride only takes about 1 minute! At the hill on top of the town the basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde.
The harbour is the place for strolling and giving new meaning to the phrase "walking the dog".
In 2013 the MuCEM (Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean) was built en connected by a walking bridge to the renovated Fort Saint-Jean.
On this side of the city this makes for a very nice walk along the harbour to Fort Saint-Jean, to MuCEM/Villa Méditerranée and Cathédrale de la Major.
Public transport is well organised and City Passes which include free public transport can be bought from the Tourist Office near the harbour.
The final part of this photo essay has some images shot during a boat trip to Les Calanques.
This is the rocky shoreline with beautiful creeks and beaches, and of course the fantastic colour of the Mediterranean.
I think Marseille is an excellent destination for a citytrip. It's not as overcrowded as more popular cities like Barcelona and Rome and has a lot to offer.
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