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One of the greatest things that you can do in a place is getting a feel of what it is really like to be in the place through the local activities that happen in it daily. You can do exactly this in Marseilles, where there are a lot of areas where you can take in the local colour. The activities in Marseilles that you can see in its ports like the Vieux-Port are possibly the best testaments as to the real essence of the place.
The Vieux-Port has a fish market that is available daily in early mornings. You can buy freshly caught fish here or just take a walk round the port to get a look at the fishing boats and yachts that gently bob together with the waves. There are many other activities in Marseilles that you can indulge in near the port and one of them is relaxing on the one of the numerous pavement terraces of cafes facing it. You can also climb the south bank of the port where you can find the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica at the top. Here you can get a great panoramic view of Marseilles.