The Perfect Romantic Weekend for Couples in Marseille

Last updated Jan 10, 2024

Looking for a romantic getaway? Leave behind the well-trodden paths of Paris, Venice, Rome, or Barcelona and embrace something a little different — the hidden jewel of Marseille.

Located on the southern coast of France, west of the French Riviera, Marseille boasts an enchanting blend of coastal beauty and cultural allure, making a perfect couples weekend getaway. We’ve put together a short list of things to do for couples, so you can discover the romantic side of this wonderful city.

Seaside Strolls Along the Old Port of Marseille

Begin your romantic weekend by meandering along the Vieux-Port, Marseille's historic Old Port, the iconic and historic heart of the city. The sounds of lapping waves and the gentle breeze from the Mediterranean create a serene atmosphere, ideal for a leisurely stroll hand-in-hand.

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Interesting Fact: The Old Port was renovated in 2013, the same year Marseille was named the European Capital of Culture.

The Best Gastronomic Delights at Waterside Restaurants

Your romantic weekend calls for indulging in a culinary adventure. Choose a waterfront restaurant and savour the freshest seafood while soaking up the ambiance. The signature dish of the region is Bouillabaisse, a hearty fish stew prepared with fresh tomatoes, saffron, chilli and plenty of herbs and spices. Delicious!

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Interesting Fact: December 14th is France’s National Bouillabaisse Day!

A Historical Excursion at Château d'If

Embark on a boat trip to the iconic Château d'If, a historic fortress on a small island with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Whether you're interested in literature, history, or you’re simply seeking a unique experience, the journey to Château d'If is the perfect way to experience some historic charm with your other half.

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Interesting Fact: Château d'If is renowned for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo.

Hiking in Calanques National Park

Nature lovers will adore the beautiful landscape of the Calanques National Park. Take a romantic hike through the unspoiled, rugged coastline, discovering hidden coves and secluded beaches. Why not pack a picnic to enjoy once you reach your chosen beach spot?

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Interesting Fact: The Calanques of Marseille are a natural wonder consisting of rugged coastline from Marseille to Cassis.

Exploring Le Panier's Bohemian Charm

Lose yourself in the enchanting streets of Le Panier, Marseille's oldest district. Perfect for a more relaxed day, this bohemian neighbourhood is filled with colourful boutiques, charming cafes, and captivating street art along winding, pretty streets.

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Interesting Fact: Le Panier means ‘basket’ in French, as the area is a basket of narrow alleyways, tiny shops and colourful buildings.

Sunset Magic at Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde

No romantic weekend is complete without at least one sunset. Perched atop a hill, this iconic basilica offers panoramic views of Marseille and the Mediterranean. Share this breathtaking moment with your loved one, capturing the beauty of the city in the warm hues of the setting sun.

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Interesting Fact: The monument is located on the highest hill near the Old Port, standing tall at an altitude of 150 metres.


Marseille, with its historic allure and scenic beauty, is hard to beat for a romantic weekend retreat. Our Staycity Aparthotel in Marseille is located just a 5 minute stroll from the beautiful Old Port, and is surrounded by an abundance of wonderful bars, restaurants and cafes. With both studios and 1 bedroom apartments available, it’s the perfect place to stay on your romantic getaway. What are you waiting for?

If you plan a visit, don't forget to check out our Guide to Marseille's Best Bits, too!