The old harbour, the reason for Marseille's existence, is overlooked by the Old Town and two 17th century forts. A ferry crosses the port throughout the day.
Museum of the Roman Docks
Place Vivaux - 13002 Marseilles, France
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 91 91 24 62
Located in the Vieux-Port, this shows off the remains of ancient docks and commerce.
The Town Hall
Hotel de Ville, Quai du Port, Marseilles, France
A 17th century Baroque building looking out over the old harbour.
The main street of the city, which slopes upwards from the Vieux-port, is animated and cosmopolitan.
A nearby island that was once a fearful prison. Alexandre Dumas had his fictional character the Count of Monte Cristo imprisoned here. Visitors for the island embark from the Quai de Belges in the Vieux-port.
Basilica of Notre Dame de La Garde
19th century Romano-Byzantine church set high above the south side of the Vieux-port. From its terrace there are great views of the city and the sea.
La Canebiere, Marseilles, France
Old Stock Exchange, now a naval museum.
La Jardin des Vestiges
Centre Bourse, square Belsunce, Marseilles, France
Part of the museum of local history, this exhibits ancient remains, including a surprisingly well-preserved 3rd century ship.
Palais de Longchamps
Place Bernex, Marseilles, France
Houses the Museum of Fine Art (Musee des Beaux Arts).
280 boulevard Michelet, 13008 Marseilles.
Tel: 00 33 4 91167800
Block of flats designed by the architect Le Corbusier, thought to be the exemplar of much modern housing around the world.