Between sea & hills, La Ciotat with all the family
Family - Tourism & Handicap
A renowned seaside resort, the town of La Ciotat has plenty of surprises up its sleeve! You can opt for a casual seaside stroll or take the easy route into the hills. This break offers a variety of activities: outdoor recreation led by "Expenature", the beautiful ''Jardins de l'Espérance" park, fun and games at the "Flots Bleus" Casino and culture at the Eden Theatre – the world's oldest movie theatre still in operation! There's no doubt about it, La Ciotat has something for every taste. What's more, the town has recently refashioned its footpaths, now accessible to reduced-mobility visitors, for an enchanting break between town and country.
Day 1 - "By the Seaside": Stroll along the coast
Vieux Port 21 quai François Mitterrand 13600 La Ciotat
For your first day in La Ciotat, what could be better than a morning walk beside the seaside?! Running from the beach to the town's historic quarter, the itinerary features 17th-century houses and the Chapel of the Blue Penitents, dating from the same era, as well as the ancient Renaissance-style town hall, with its bell tower overlooking the port.
Accessibility: This itinerary has been entirely refurbished by the town council and is now accessible to all.
Day 1 - "By the Seaside": Lunch at restaurant L'Escalet
168 avenue Du Président Wilson 13600 La Ciotat
When midday chimes, it's time for lunch at "L'Escalet"! Ideally located adjacent to the port, you will be swathed in refreshing sea air as you savour your meal. A member of the Tables 13 network, flying the flag of Bouches-du-Rhône gastronomy with seasonal, fresh and locally-grown produce, this Italian restaurant will delight every palate with its generous portions bursting with flavour.
Accessibility: Restaurant and toilets accessible to all.
Day 1 - "By the Seaside": Expenature water & outdoor sports
After a delicious lunch, it's off to "Expenature" for an afternoon of thrills and spills! The activities on offer including kayaking, dugout canoeing, rock climbing, potholing, mountain biking and multisport races, with something for every level and taste. Based on La Ciotat port, "Expenature" and its state-certified instructors offer a host of fun outdoor recreation for all the family.
Accessibility: The instructors are specially trained and provide equipment and supervision adapted to each disability. Kayak and canoe access is safe, with assistance if required. Accessible cloakroom and toilets with right-hand and front transfers. Transfer boards and back rests are also at your disposal.
Day 1 - "By the Seaside": Gourmet movie at the Eden Théâtre
25 boulevard Georges Clemenceau 13600 La Ciotat
Sporting activities, relaxation and culture – a winning trio for your first fun day in La Ciotat! The next visit is to the Eden Theatre, a must for film fans and the oldest movie theatre still in operation in the world.
This magnificent old building was the screening venue for the very first silent film produced by the Lumière brothers in 1895. It is now essentially an arthouse cinema and also hosts "gourmet movie" sessions with films for all the family, topped with refreshments.
Accessibility: Accessible to reduced-mobility visitors. 5 spots are reserved for wheelchairs. A lift serves all floors. Two accessible toilets, one with right-hand transfer and one with left-hand transfer.
Day 1 - "By the Seaside": Dinner at restaurant L'Horizon
You will love the restful, casual atmosphere of the restaurant "L'Horizon", set inside the "Flots Bleus" Casino. And if you're feeling lucky, why not try your hand at some of the games on offer?! The casino includes a Poker Room and two cash game tables.
Accessibility: Fully-accessible, with lifts and accessible toilets in the restaurant and casino.
Day 1 - "By the Seaside": Le Saint-Estève residential hotel
1040 chemin Du Pareyraou 13600 La Ciotat
A peaceful evening awaits you at a residential hotel just outside La Ciotat town centre. Located 5 minutes from the beaches and near the railway station, this countrified establishment offers top-level apartments, crowned with a restaurant.
Accessibility: 6 fully-accessible apartments and reserved parking spaces. Hotel services on request. The site and pool are fenced and safe. Please note that the restaurant toilets and raised pool are not accessible to reduced-mobility guests.
Day 2 - "In the Hills": Jardins de l'Espérance
Chemin Des Poissonniers 13600 La Ciotat
Your second day starts with an unusual excursion to the "Jardins de l'Espérance". This 7,000 m² educational garden, run by a local association, hosts nature, ecology and sustainable development workshops. The association has developed a variety of special tools for the visually-impaired and visitors in wheelchairs to allow everyone to make the most of the garden's riches and activities, including demonstrations, guided tours, workshops for adults and children, temporary exhibitions and courses. An enchantment for all the family!
Accessibility: The footpaths are wheelchair-friendly and the information panels on the various plants are in braille. Thread trail, written and braille signs and raised gardening tables. The site is fully fenced.
Day 2 - "In the Hills": Walk on the easy route
To round off your tour, we propose an afternoon excursion to the hills via the easy route to admire La Ciotat's picturesque and varied landscapes. The walk comprises two parts: one of around 2 km in length to reach the town's outer quarters from the centre and one leading to the railway station. Entirely planted with vegetation, these landscaped footpaths are simply magnificent and offer interesting walking tours, lined with natural and urban sights.
Accessibility: The footpath is accessible to all and features safety bends (please note: this layout prevents people in wheelchairs using their 5th wheel). All road crossings are indicated. Gentle slope on some sections. Rue Frédéric Mistral (one way) crosses the start of the route and offers 2 reserved parking spaces. The itinerary is lined with benches where you can rest and revel in the fragrance of Provence's plants and trees.
Family, Tourism & Handicap
On foot, By public transport
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