Best spotsfor sunset in Marseille

The best sunset spots in Marseille

When you think about sunsets of the sun, you often imagine it by the seaside, immortalizing the last ray of light of the day.However, thi smagical moment can also be enjoyed from the  city. Whether on the heights or in the middle of the fishing ports, we are about to reveal the secrets to enjoy sunsets over the ” Cité Phocéenne” and its  surroundings.

Published on 23 September 2020

In the city

J4 Esplanade and the panoramic walk of the Fort Saint-Jean

Located in the heart of the city center, the J4 esplanade benefits from an ideal location to watch the sunset. Your feet in the sea or sitting on a bench, you can admire the palace of Pharo on the opposite bank and  the Mucem behind you. At  nightfall, you can see the most beautiful shades of blue, revealing the architectural prowess of the  building. You can can also walk along the panoramic footpath of Fort Saint-Jean  that  offers an amazing view of the sea.


Notre-Dame de la Garde 

From the top of its hill, ” la Bonne Mère” ( the Good Mother) as the people of Marseille call her is the highest point of the  city. It offers a 360 degree panoramic view over Marseille and of course, over the sea. The hills display magnificent orange colors as the sun goes down on the horizon. In the distance you can see the mythical Marseille Orange Velodrome stadium and many of the city’s monuments falling asleep. It is a fabulous playground for photography lovers!

Pharo Palace

A stone’s throw from the  Old Port, the  garden of the Pharo Palace offers you a  breathtaking view of the Mucem, Fort Saint-Jean and the Old port, of course. Boat masts seem to dance at the last light of the evening and the nightlife gradually takes shape in the distance. For a moment, this walk on the heights will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the  city.

Malmousque Cove

Malmousque Cove is located on the Corniche Kennedy. This is a small fishermen’s port that has a gorgeous view of the Frioul islands and Château d’If. Probably one of the best  spots to enjoy a  sunset  by the  seaside. Think about the aperitif with friends, lovers or family, it is really worth it !

Vallon des Auffes 

At nightfall, this iconic place of Marseille looks like  a postcard. Or rather like a painting with the most beautiful colours on it. Red, orange, yellow is the  warmth of the  south in all of its splendor. It brings out the  beauty of “les pointus”, typical fishing boats returning to the port. The sunset begins, then the terraces fill up to admire the sun going down behind the famous arches of the Vallon des Auffes bridge…


And a little further on...

“Les Goudes”


The end of the  world is not as far away, it is in Marseille, in a small fishing port of “les Goudes”, a few  minutes from the first Calanque. Only one road can take you there! This  wild part is probably its best asset. Why not bring your picnic, sit on the  rocks and listen to the sound of the  waves hitting the coast ? Notice to the lovers: this spot is very romantic. As a famous character from the “Jungle Book” would say, it takes very little to be happy!

Prado beaches

If  you want to admire the sunset with your feet in the  sand or in the sea, Prado beaches are the perfect  place ! They are also pretty close to many restaurants and fast  food, which would be  a great place to enjoy  a dinner after this magnificent spectacle. 

The “Massif de l’étoile” or “Garlaban”

Take a deep breath of fresh air breath and get back in touch with nature. All you need to do is escape from the city center and hike up into the surrounding hills. From the heights of Allauch and Aubagne, the view is breathtaking. After a small hike without any difficulties, you will enjoy the breathtaking view, feet in the  countryside: all in the greatest of calm.


The Cap Canaille 

Located between Cassis and La Ciotat, about 20 minutes away from Marseille, the “Cap Canaille” makes you take note of its height since it is the highest cliff of Europe. It offers you an unbelivable panoramix view of the coastline. The motorcycle lovers will also appreciate the mythical “routes des crêtes” which winds along the coastline.

From the sea, onboard a boat

Nothing like taking to the open sea to enjoya sunset in complete tranquility.

The light fades with the rythm of the  waves and the big blue is adorned with pretty colourful reflections.Weather permitting it is the ideal way to see Marseille and its monuments from the sea. Depending on the season, maritimes companies offer boat rides to enjoy a small aperitif at sunset.  This is notably the case for the Friends of the Flâneuse who propose private outings, as well as for the public.


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