Illustrator Map Marseille France

Marseille, located on the southeastern coast of France, is a historic and vibrant city with a rich maritime tradition. The city is known for its diverse architecture, Mediterranean culture, and picturesque landscapes. Here’s an overview of Marseille’s principal waterways, bridges, and main streets:


  1. Old Port (Vieux-Port):
    • The Old Port is the historical heart of Marseille and a central waterway.
    • Lined with colorful buildings, restaurants, and markets, it’s a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
    • The Old Port is a natural harbor that has been in use since ancient Greek times.
  2. Canal de la Joliette:
    • This canal connects the Old Port to the modern port facilities in La Joliette.
    • It’s surrounded by contemporary architecture and offers a different perspective on the city’s development.
  3. The Corniche:
    • While not a waterway itself, the Corniche is a scenic road that runs along the Mediterranean coast, providing stunning views of the sea and the city.


  1. Saint-Jean Fort Bridge:
    • Connecting the Old Port to the historic district of Le Panier, this pedestrian bridge offers great views of the harbor.
  2. La Joliette Bridge:
    • This modern bridge connects the old and new parts of the city, spanning the Canal de la Joliette.

Main Streets:

  1. La Canebière:
    • Marseille’s most famous street, La Canebière, stretches from the Old Port to the Réformés district.
    • It’s a bustling avenue lined with shops, cafes, and theaters.
  2. Rue de la République:
    • A major shopping street that runs from the Old Port to the Réformés district, offering a mix of boutiques and department stores.
  3. Le Panier:
    • One of the oldest districts in Marseille, Le Panier features narrow streets, colorful houses, and a vibrant arts scene.
  4. Rue Saint-Ferréol:
    • A popular shopping street in the city center, known for its variety of shops and boutiques.

Marseille’s layout reflects its rich history, with a blend of ancient and modern elements. The city’s waterways and bridges contribute to its unique character, offering a mix of traditional charm and contemporary architecture. Exploring the principal streets and landmarks allows visitors to experience the diverse cultural tapestry that Marseille has to offer.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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