Things to do on a Sunday in Marseille

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

Published on 12 May 2020

Discover the city

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

The sight-seeing tours offer different otions on Sunday. Fancy the touristic attractions ? Then, 2 options for you : historical parts of the city with the « Little Train » and its 2 routes or complete tours of the greater city center with the hop on-hop off « Colorbüs » (double-decker bus). They are available all week long including Sunday.

Boat tours are also available on Sundays. Several excursions leaving from the Old Port are scheduled all year round. Visit the famous Château d’If island to meet Monte Cristo legend (if the weather is not too windy) and the Frioul archipelago for a gentle walk in a natural maritime reserve. Or go on a cruise to the astounding creeks of the 1st urban « National Parc of les Calanques ». During summer, hop on RTM (public transportation) maritime shuttle to get from coast to coast of Marseille and get off to visit L’Estaque, La Point Rouge and Les Goudes fishing districts.

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

Visit  museums

For this typical week-end 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.

More exotic and relaxing cultural site is Borély Botanical garden (medicinal plants, vegetable garden, Japonese and Chines gardens…) with its 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, share gardens, bookstore, bar and restaurant, skate park, etc…

Go out for a stroll

On Sunday, one needs to go for outtings. 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 !

For cycling lovers, in town and on the seaside, in addition to the self-service bicycle system, tours are organised. 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.

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