A historic sea wall partially reopened to the public this summer

Part of the “digue du large”, a huge historic pier protecting the port of Marseille, will be reopened to the public for four months from July, announced Friday the Port of Marseille-Fos, which launched a call for tenders for its operation.

This stone dyke, whose construction took place from 1840 to 1925, runs for 7 km between the Old Port of Marseille and the Estaque district, to the north of the city. It is its southern end which must be reopened to the public, the one facing the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (Mucem).

Place of walk

A popular place to walk and relax, the sea wall was closed to the public following the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the implementation of new international safety regulations by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) .

“The port of Marseille-Fos wishes to reopen the southern part of the breakwater to the public [dite « digue Sainte-Marie »]made possible in particular by the movement of international ferries to Cape Janet […]by launching a consultation to choose an operator who will develop cultural or leisure activities there” as well as “catering during the summer of 2023”, details the press release from the port.

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