Paris or Marseille?
Choosing the most romantic destination in France is a hard task. Paris or Marseille?
There are just so many cities in France and so many acceptations of the term “romantic”. But most people agree on one thing: there are reasons to count these two popular cities among the best places to spend this year’s Valentine’s Day.
Most Paris attractions are emblematic and there are few things that can beat walking down the Champs Elysees hand in hand with your lover. But strolling aimlessly through the history-dipped streets of Le Panier (the Old Town) can be just as romantic. This quarter has been inhabited since the 6th century BC, when the Greeks came to settle here.
If you take the ferry for a short and pleasant ride from Marseille to the Frioul Islands, you can visit the renowned Chateau d’If, the famous setting of Alexandre Dumas’ book “The Count of Monte Cristo”. Before becoming the open museum, shining harmless and blissful in the Mediterranean sun, this used to be the feared prison for all sorts of renegades, from revolutionaries, anti-royalists and victims of political or religious persecution. It’s one of the most popular destinations in France, especially for bookish nerds!
Meanwhile, a few kilometers from Paris, you can visit the grand Versailles, the palace of Louis XIV. Apart from the outstanding art collections to be visited inside the castle, there are concerts and events hosted here, plus in summer you can enjoy the most delightful stroll along the geometrical, maze-like gardens. Booking a Paris taxi, you can travel there quickly and safely.
The majestic Gothic cathedral Notre Dame de Paris began its construction in the 12th century. Developed along the centuries, this mixture of styles, stained glass and complex facades is one of the most iconic symbols of Christianity in Europe. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseille, on the other hand, is a must-see as well, although it was built in the 19th century in the Neo-Byzantine style. From upstairs, you can see the entire city, all the way to the port to the endless Mediterranean Sea. A Marseille transfer can take you there easily and show you around the city as well.