As the first port in France, the second one on the Mediterranean and the sixth in Europe, the GPMM enjoys a strategic position at the heart of Marseille, the 2nd largest city in France and part of the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis. The location’s historical, maritime/naval, urban, scenic, heritage, human and logistical foundations are truly exceptional.
Since antiquity, the pleasant climate, consistent sunlight, and diversified landscapes have settled people, attracted global exchanges and fascinated the greatest of artists and writers.
The bays of Marseille and Fos are a privileged area for Mediterranean and global trade while being a natural southern gateway to Europe. On January 1, 2016, the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis was delineated and is home to 1.8 million inhabitants.
The proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, an exceptional harbour, a city overlooking the port and a young creative population enriched by globalization reflect the renewed attraction that Marseille has been exercising over the past 20 years though social and territorial disparities still remain. Like other major European and global metropoles, Marseille is also experiencing immense urban development, albeit in a uniquely different setting.
For the past ten years, Marseille’s waterfront has been undergoing dramatic transformations spearheaded by two of the French State’s public establishments, the Grand Port de Marseille and the Euro-Mediterranean, supported by other local authorities.