Marseille is a choice destination for a romantic weekend, thanks to its wonderful location beside the sea, rocky inlets and Mediterranean scrubland. Explore our romantic spots in the Phocaean city, Marseille: enjoy dinner by the sea, intimate walks and secret escapades.
Where’s the best place to declare your love?
From the top of Notre Dame de la Garde, surrounded by panoramic views of Marseille. Pick the South itinerary to get there from the city centre – it’s more romantic and intimate. You can reach the basilica from the Vieux-Port via the Jardin du Bois Sacré, a hillside pine grove that unveils numerous views of the city and the “Bonne Mère” (or Good Mother) as the Notre Dame is known locally. You’ll need an hour and a half for the walk.
Enjoy a great view
Who can resist a romantic sunset outing to explore the rocky inlets? Localanque offers sailing and motor boat rentals for romantic escapades with or without a skipper. Take the opportunity to stop at the Vallon des Auffes, a picture-perfect little fishing port a couple of miles from Vieux-Port.
Stop off at the Château Berger, on the corniche (281 corniche du président John Fitzgerald Kennedy) for a moment of peaceful relaxation. Hammam, spa, massages: pampering for two!
Where to enjoy a romantic kiss?
Borély park is an iconic place for all Marseille residents... and a favourite lovers’ meeting place. The Marcel Pagnol film La Gloire de mon Père tells how Aunty Rose and Uncle Jules met at the Borély park! Rent a boat for a secret kiss on the lake, surrounded by ducks, swans and geese.
Where to enjoy a tête à tête dinner?
Take the attractive, winding path from the Madrague district along the coast and up to the little fishing port of Goudes. Indulge in an aperitif at the 20,000 Lieux terrace (12 boulevard Alexandre Delabre) and admire the sunset across this corner of paradise.
Then head for the L’Auberge du Corsaire-Chez Paul restaurant (35 rue Désirée-Pellaprat), which overlooks the water allowing you to watch traditional Marseille boats. What’s on the menu? Fish of the day and delicious linguine with clams.
Places to stay?
Be soothed by the sound of the waves in one of the sixteen sea view rooms at the only Relais & Châteaux property in Marseille. Sitting atop the cliff, Le Petit Nice Passédat 5-star hotel has a heated outdoor pool, direct access to the sea and an incredible views of the If and Frioul Islands. Take it up a notch and savour sea-centred cuisine by Gérald Passédat, the only chef in Marseille to hold three Michelin stars.