Orientation

Greater Marseille is divided into 16 arrondissements (districts), which are indicated in addresses (eg 1er for the first arrondissement and so on). The city’s main thoroughfare, La Canebière (from the Provençal word canebe, meaning ‘hemp’, after the city’s traditional rope industry), in the 1st arrondissement, stretches eastwards from the Vieux Port towards the train station, a 10-minute walk or two metro stops from the water. North is Le Panier, Marseille’s oldest quarter; south is the bohemian concourse of cours Julien; and southwest is the start of the coastal road.