Love by the sea

The myth about the foundation of Marseille, the oldest city and largest port of France, is surrounded by love. According to a legend that remains alive among its inhabitants, the Mediterranean bay bordered by white mountains, the so-called Calanques, was reached more than 2600 years ago by a Greek sailor, Protis, while he was looking for trading possibilities.

The story says that Protis became fascinated not only by the beauty of the landscapes, but also by the native Gyptis, the daughter of the tribe’s chief. Among all the candidates who were trying to conquer her heart, she has chosen the foreigner Protis.

They got married and started a new city in the bay of Marseille, a city where love is still celebrated n its streets, even thousands of years later.    

Photos and text: Vívian Soares