Ships have docked for more than 26 centuries at the city’s birthplace, the colourful old port. The main commercial docks were transferred to the Joliette area north of here in the 1840s, but the old port remains a thriving harbour for fishing boats, pleasure yachts and tourists. Guarding either side of the harbour are Fort St-Nicolas and Fort St-Jean , founded in the 13th century by the Knights Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem (and now home to the city’s flagship MuCEM museum).
The port’s southern quay is dotted with bars, brasseries and cafes, and there are more to be found around place Thiars and cours Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves, where the actions continues until late. For supremely lazy sightseers, there’s also a cross-port ferry .
Perched at the edge of the peninsula, the Jardin du Pharo is a perfect picnic and sunset spot.