Le Panier

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Le Panier information

Marseille , France
Getting there
Metro: Vieux Port
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From the Vieux Port, hike north up to this fantastic history-woven quarter, which is fabulous for a wander with its artsy ambience, cool hidden squares and sun-baked cafes. In Greek Massilia it was the site of the agora (marketplace), hence its name, which means ‘the basket.’ During WWII the quarter was dynamited and afterwards rebuilt. Today it’s a mishmash of lanes hiding artisan shops, ateliers (workshops) and terraced houses strung with drying washing.

Its centerpiece is Centre de la Vieille Charité , and nearby Cathédrale de Marseille Notre Dame de Major stands guard between the old and new ports.