The valley of the Auffes

The Vallon des Auffes is a little traditional fishing haven in Marseilles in the 7th arrondissement of Marseille. It is situated 2.5 km south-west of the Old Port over the Corniche Kennedy , between the Catalans beach and Malmousque bay.


This little haven is one of the most important fishing boats in the world.

This small harbor / valley is home to both sides of the bridge, about fifty huts of fishermen and small traditional fishing boats, do not some sharp typical, do not catches are reserved for local restaurants.

It takes its name from the auffe [1] ( auffo in Provençal ) or alfa , a kind of grass plant used to make ropes for ships , mats and fishing nets .

It takes its name from ” the auffe “, or ” alfa ” ( Stipa tenacissima ), a lot of grass used to make rope, braids, and net fishing.

The reinforced concrete bridge arch formed in masonry stones form three arches in semicircular of 17 m (56 ft) high and 100 through grades. It spans the harbor over a length of 60 m (200 ft). It is built in the Template: Nineteenth Century , during the construction of the cornice of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy . The handle was blocked during the construction of the foundations to keep it dry. [2]

In 1927, President Gaston Doumergue inaugurates the war memorial of the Army of the East and distant lands , a bronze statue 5 m high representing a woman with arms raised to the sky facing the Mediterranean , listed as a historical monument on July 23, 2009. [3]

(In 1927, the President of France, Gaston Doumergue, dedicated to the monument of the dead of the East Army and the far lands, has a statue of a woman at the airport. monument on July 23, 2009.)

From 1998 to 2006, a huge mural painting of the famous footballer Zinedine Zidane Marseille is affixed by Adidas above the valley with the annotation ” Made in Marseille “. It is then replaced by a Coca-Cola advertisement . In 2013, on the occasion of the event in Marseille as European Capital of Culture , the artist JR exhibits the poster of a stranger in Marseille ( Annick Perrot-Bishop) as a nod to that of the famous Marseille footballer, to illustrate the opening of Marseille to the world. The portrait is replaced in turn by an advertisement of a famous brand of glasses.

(From 1998 to 2006, Zinedine Zidane was painted by Adidas under the “Made in Marseille”.

In popular culture

  • Several movies have been filmed on the small do not wear French Connection of William Friedkin in 1971 [4] and Bullets by Richard Berry in 2009 and the television series Zodiac of Claude-Michel Rome in 2004 .
  • Jean Bazal of journalist specialist Marseille middle and French writer of detective fiction and spy novel , lies in the valley Auffes. [5]
  • The action of the book The Pointer of 2009 Franz-Olivier Giesbert , [6] is located in Marseille and in particular the Auffes valley. [7]

See also

  • Port of Marseille
  • Pointed (boat)
  • Corniche of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Monument to the Dead of the Army of the East and distant lands


  1. Jump up^ “Auffe” . Wiktionary . Retrieved 26 November 2010 . (Botanical) (Aged) Kind of grass, which was used to make ropes, mats, nets.
  2. Jump up^ “The Corniche in Marseille, in history and in pictures” . . Retrieved 12 September 2010 .
  3. Jump up^ sdaps / sdap13 / pages / information / communes / marseille / marseille.html “Departmental Department of Architecture and Heritage 13” Check |url=value ( help ) . . Retrieved 29 March 2011 .
  4. Jump up^ Fred Thom; Roger Antoine. “Cinema in Marseille” . . Retrieved 12 September 2010 . The physical representation is very photogenic, officiating like a tourist ballad
  5. Jump up^ Bazal, Jean (27 December 2001), The Vallon des Auffes: My village at 71 steps of Marseille , Tacussel, ISBN  978-2-903963-65-1
  6. Jump up^ Giesbert, Franz-Olivier (6 May 2009), The Digger , Black Flammarion, ISBN  978-2-08-122661-6
  7. Jump up^ Jacques-Pierre Amette . “The great laundry of Marseille” . . Retrieved 26 November 2010 . From the Auffes valley to the Prado avenue, we come across well-dressed killers

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