Things to do on a Sunday in Marseille

Sunday can be gloomy for some tourists as for some residents. Cheer up!  You can make the most of this day with many activities before starting another week of work. Here are a few ideas to keep you busy almost every Sunday of the year.

Published on 15 January 2024

Discover the city

Tourists are keen on doing most of these activities and will also meet locals.

The sightseeing tours offer different options on Sunday. Fancy the touristic attractions? You have two options: you can either decide to explore the historical parts of the city with the Little Touristic Train and its two routes or complete tours of the greater city center with the hop-on-hop-off « Colorbüs » (double-decker bus). The tours are available seven days a week.

Boat tours are also available on Sundays. Several excursions leaving from the ‘Vieux Port’ are scheduled all year round. Visit the famous island of Château d’If to meet Monte Cristo legend (wind permitting) and the Frioul archipelago for a gentle walk in a natural maritime reserve, or go on a cruise to the astounding creeks of the first urban ‘Calanques National Park’. During the summer, hop on RTM (public transportation) maritime shuttle to get from coast to coast and get off to visit ‘l’Estaque’, ‘la Point Rouge’ and ‘les Goudes’ fishing areas.

Activities for all

Go out for a Brunch

To make the most of it, here is a small selection of brunch spots in Marseille.

Le 24 : 24 Rue Falque, 13006
Le Dining Room: 56 Julian courses, 13006
Le Fantastique : 76 Boulevard Baille, 13006
Le Capucin: 48 La Canebière, 13001
La Fiancée : 8 Rue Haxo, 13001
Les Halles de la Major : 12 Esplanade de la Tourette, 13002
Le Rowing Club: 34 Charles Livon Boulevard 13007


Go out shopping

Many shops are open on Sundays, including major shopping centres such as Terrasses du Port, Docks Village, Centre Bourse/ Galeries Lafayettes, as well as some city-centre shops. For flea market and yard sales lovers, a couple of options are available in the city center, specifically in the antique district around rue Edmond Rostand, but also with the store “Puces de Fifi” located in the Capelette suburb.

Visit  museums

For this typical weekend activity, the city offers a large choice to everyone. Must-sees are  Musée d’Histoire de Marseille to get introduced in the very soul of Marseille and Mucem to span Mediterranean civilisations. All museums of the city are free of charge.

Borély Botanical garden is a more exotic and relaxing cultural site with medicinal plants, vegetable gardens, Japanese and Chinese gardens, hosting a Fashion and Decorative Art Museum. For a complete change of scenery, the whole family will appreciate the ‘Friche Belle de Mai’, an out-of-the-box building including exhibitions, playgrounds, shared gardens, bookstores, bars and restaurants, skate park, and more.

Go out for a stroll

On Sunday, you need to go for a day out. The many assets of Marseille will offer the best of it.

Seaside with sandy beaches, urban and maritime parks, gardens, pedestrian areas and not to mention the breathtaking hike in the Parc National des Calanques with marvelous creeks. The city is at your feet!

Tours are organised for cycling lovers in town and on the seaside, in addition to the self-service bicycle system. Alone or in a group, many options are at your disposal to discover the many districts of Marseille  (electric bikes, Segway tours, electric scooters…) all of them offer both relaxation and cultural activities.

Walking can easily be done in town as well as along the seaside in a group or solo. Choose a guided tour or explore by yourself the various districts, monuments, sites, and landscapes. All means of transportation are available in Marseille: on foot, bicycle, electric scooter, tourist trains, or public net, the choice is yours.