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La Canebiere Tours

La Canebiere

La Canebiere is Marseille's Champs Elysees. Modelled on the famous Parisian boulevard, it is a wide stretch leading straight up from Vieux Port (Old Port) for about 3/4 mile (1 km). it does not quite have the elegance of the Champs Elysees being a little more a hotch-potch of shops, hotels, and restaurants, but it is a great place to get the feel of the city. Named after the city's thriving trade is nautical rope in the Middle Ages - canabe being the French word for cannabis or hemp from which the rope was made - the street is now the spine of the thriving city.

La Canebiere acts as a divider between different city districts. To its west there is the modern shopping mall Centre Bourse, to the south is the moneyed district, and to the north you'll find the quartier Belsunce where you can buy just about anything from the local Arab community if you're prepared to haggle with the street-traders. Behind the Centre Bourse is the Jardin des Vestiges, the ancient port center. Excavations here have turned up all sorts of things including bits of the 3rd century BC Greek city. Most of the finds, and an old Roman trading boat, can be seen in the Musee d'Histoire de Marseille in the Centre Bourse. Further up the street is the Musee de la Marine (in the stock exchange building) which has the nautical history of Marseille.

Practical Info

La Canebiere runs in a straight line up from Vieux Port, the Old Port. Catch the metro to Vieux Port and walk up the boulevard. Alternately start in the middle at metro station Noailles. Or you can hop of the new tram, inaugurated in 2007 and head to Canebiere Garibaldi station. The Musee d'Histoire is open Mon-Sat, the Musee de la Marine is open Wed-Sun.

Address: La Canebiere, Marseille 13001, France
Admission: Free
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Marseille Old District : Private Walking Tour

Marseille Old District : Private Walking Tour

Discover the 2nd largest city in France ! Ideally designed for a first discovery, this visit brings together the must-see sites in 2 hours of stroll. Through this itinerary, the guide invites you to dive into the bubbling Phocaean city with its singing accents, the scents of bouillabaisse and pastis, not to mention the famous games of petanque! Go to the Old Port - the ideal starting point to get into the atmosphere - you will take the famous Canebière and discover the particularity of the Palais de la Bourse. You will continue your immersion in the Panier district - the historic heart of the city, a testimony to the past and small designer shops. You will end your tour in the new Mucem district. Possibility to tailor the tour according your interests. Please mention them at your booking. If you have a mobility issue, please let us know after you have made your reservation, so that we can adapt this tour to you.
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Marseille Self-Guided Audio Tour

Marseille Self-Guided Audio Tour

Get to know Marseilles at your own speed with a downloadable audio walking tour. Tailor the tour to your interests and start at whichever point sits you best. The tour covers historic and modern parts of the city, taking you through the Old Port and the Panier District with comprehensive historical context, and then see the modern opera house and trendy Cours Julien, known for its bohemian feel and street art.
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Noailles: a mixed neighborhood and its exotic market

Noailles: a mixed neighborhood and its exotic market

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We invite you to discover the exotic district of Noailles and its market located in the heart of Marseille. Discover the origin of the world's most famous national anthem, know where the world's first movie theater was, visit 200-year-old stores, and enter the colorful, bustling market and oriental spice shops. He will also talk about the drama that hit Aubagne Street and the fight of the inhabitants of the neighborhood against gentrification, unworthy housing and the fear of being expelled from their homes. All accompanied by a young anthropologist guide living in the neighborhood.
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Marseille Walking Tour

Marseille Walking Tour

Explore Marseille on foot and by public transport with a private professional guide-lecturer born in Marseille. The guide will be at your disposal for 2 hours and can always adapt the visit to your needs and your desires. We accept all group sizes from 2 to 50 people.
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Guided tour of Marseille

Guided tour of Marseille

Explore Marseille on foot and by public transport with our guide-speaker born in Marseille. The guide will be at your disposal for 2 hours and can always adapt the visit to your needs and your desires. We accept all group sizes from 2 to 50 people.
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