Vallon des Auffes is a fun and relaxing fishing haven in Marseille that's steeped in old world charm, tucked away from the busy city centre. You'll find plenty of color here with fishing huts and fishing boats offering vibrant designs throughout the small port.

Most people spend about 2 or 3 hours here when visiting, though you can always stay longer if you're going on a fishing excursion or eating at one of the multiple local seafood restaurants. The whole family can find fun here as well thanks to the views and food.

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Vallon des Auffes highlights

While there's plenty to see and do in Vallon des Auffes, you won't want to miss out on the local restaurants. Some of the best eateries in Marseille can be found here. They specialize in fresh seafood that's often caught right off the shore, just a short distance from the restaurant's front door.

Additionally, you'll find extensive opportunities to enjoy the water here. Several fishing spots and fishing tours are available, alongside general boating tours. Head past the viaduct if you're looking for a spot of bathing. Just be mindful of the boats as you venture through the water.

Good to know when visiting Vallon des Auffes

If you're looking to get away from the crowds of the city centre, Vallon des Auffes is one of the best destinations in town. This area can become crowded at times, however, so it's generally best to visit during the early morning to enjoy the tranquility.

While you're in the area, you may also want to consider visiting the larger Endoume region. Quite a few impressive restaurants are in the area, including Michelin Star restaurants. Bouillabaisse is a local specialty, so the local restaurants at the bay and its surrounding area usually offer it.

Vallon des Auffes

Location: Vallon des Auffes, 13007 Marseille, France

Open: 24/7