Office de Tourisme de La Ciotat

La Ciotat - Tourist office

The town is enclosed on the west by calanques and cliffs; on the east, however, there are long beaches along the Golfe d’Amour ("Gulf of Love"). La Ciotat, known since ancient times as an outpost of Marseille under the name of Citharista, has always has always had activities closely linked to the sea, such as its large shipyards. Affected by economic depression for some years, it will have to undergo some changes in order to adapt.

La Ciotat also has fine 17th century houses situated around the harbour, and two chapels - Penitents Noirs (Black Penitents) and Penitents Bleus (Blue Penitents), also dating from the 17th century.
The fine pink baroque front of the church of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption (17th century) faces the sea.
A commemorative plaque in the train station and a memorial near Grande Plage (Large Beach) recall that it was in La Ciotat that the Lumière brothers shot their first film: "The arrival of the train in La Ciotat station".
You should take time to visit the beautiful calanques of Figuerolles and Le Mugel. The latter is in the shade of the Bec de l’Aigle (Eagle’s Beak) rock, in Mugel Gardens, a conservation area where abundant varied vegetation - oak, mimosa, arbutus, pine, aromatic plants, etc. - grows on a "pudding-stone" soil (a reddish conglomerate of shingle and sand). A signposted trail through the identified plants and trees enhances the walk.
There is a lovely view of the town and surroundings from the top of "Eagle’s Beak" (155 m).
The Route des Crêtes (Crests Road) between La Ciotat and Cassis reaches a signal station from where the view plunges down to La Ciotat and the shipyards, Bec de l’Aigle, the Embiez islands and Sicié Cape.
Ile Verte (Green Island), a quarter of an hour away by boat, is covered with abundant vegetation. It has a magnificent view of the strange shape of Bec de l’Aigle, the calanques and the town.

  • Pets allowed
  • Accessible for disabled
  • Marque Tourisme et Handicap : Moteur
  • Marque Tourisme et Handicap : Mental
  • Marque Tourisme et Handicap : Auditif
  • Ville fleurie : 3 fleurs
  • Marque Qualité Tourisme

Information provided by OT La Ciotat

Nearby

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  3. Abyss Garden

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  4. Santa Gusta

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Where to stay

La Jaspyr
Holiday rental

La Jaspyr

La Ciotat

Appartement de 120 m² dans villa avec terrasse de 20 m². Rez-de-chaussée. Cuisine séparée, four, micro-ondes, lave-vaisselle, lave-linge, séjour, salle à manger, télévision,lecteur DVD, chaîne hi-fi, chauffage central, accès internet, accès wifi, siège bébé, baignoire, douche, WC…

Le Rayon Vert
B&B

Le Rayon Vert

La Ciotat

The Green Ray is a guest house located in the historic heart of La Ciotat, restored in 2007 which offers 4 bedrooms with private bathroom and toilets, flat screen TV.On the ground floor, main room for the breakfasts, a sofa, kitchen available to guests (fridge, hob, micro wave, coffee machine and…

Santa Gusta
Campsite

Santa Gusta

La Ciotat

Family campsite, situated by the sea. Ideal for any activities bound to the sea.

My Suite Côté Port
Resort

My Suite Côté Port

La Ciotat

Holiday residence of 76 studios and apartments, nearby the Old harbor of La Ciotat. Rent weekend, rent a day, animals accepted for 8 euros a day, hotel service on request, welcome groups. Laundry, air conditioning, dry cleaning, rent of sheets and linen, room fitness (in free access), TV, garage…

Edt Guerin 1
Holiday rental

Edt Guerin 1

La Ciotat

Appartement de 33m² dans immeuble. 1er étage. Vue sur mer, coin cuisine, four, micro-ondes, accès internet, accès wifi, télévision, séjour, salle à manger, chauffage électrique, douche, 1 chambre, 1 lit / 2 pers., 1 banquette clic-clac, linge de toilette et de maison fourni. Charges…

Edt Foch
Holiday rental

Edt Foch

La Ciotat

Appartement de 60m² dans immeuble. 3ème étage. Vue sur mer, balcon, cuisine séparée, four, micro-ondes, lave-vaisselle, lave-linge, accès internet, accès wifi, télévision, séjour, salle à manger, baignoire, douche, WC séparés, 2 chambres, 2 lits / 2 pers., 1 banquette clic-clac,…

Nathalie et Camille Napolitano
B&B

Nathalie et Camille Napolitano

Ceyreste

Camille a réalisé la maison en privilégiant l'indépendance des chambres. Décoration originale et accès direct à la piscine intérieure (10*5 chauffée). Le petit déjeuner est servi sur la terrasse ou dans le salon commun aux chambres. Portail automatique, stationnement véhicule sous…

Best Western Premier Vieux Port
Hotel

Best Western Premier Vieux Port

La Ciotat

Modern design, a mix beetween tardition and modernity. The Best Western Hotel Vieux Port will welcome you all year long on the old port.

La Lavande
Holiday rental

La Lavande

La Ciotat

Appartement de 40m² dans villa avec terrasse de 20m². Rez-de-chaussée. Coin cuisine, séjour, chauffage électrique, baignoire, micro-ondes, lave-vaisselle, lave-linge, télévision. 1 chambre avec 1 lit / 2 pers, 2 lits superposés et 1 banquette clic-clac. Salon de jardin. Jardin. Parking…

Things to do

Le Clos Val Bruyère
Wines

Le Clos Val Bruyère

Cassis

Cave Château Barbanau, hameau de Roquefort,13830 Roquefort Au coeur du vignoble Cassidain un clos de 7,5 hectares de vignes s'étage en coteaux inondés de soleil et tournés vers la mer. Fidèles à la tradition qui fait la renommée des vins de Cassis, nous avons choisi d'élaborer…

Pavillon de Travail du Poète Provençal Emile Ripert
Monument

Pavillon de Travail du Poète Provençal Emile Ripert

La Ciotat

Emile Ripert carried the glory and the charm of the Provençal literature, he is next to Frédéric Mistral, to Alphonse Daudet and to number of famous characters of the Provençal literature. In an intact half-witted environment, the visit of the place is accompanied by Véronique Ripert, grand…

Eva & Oli
Craftsman

Eva & Oli

La Ciotat

EVA&OLi crée des vêtements qui célèbrent le bonheur d'être un enfant, la vie amusante, confortable, remplie de joie.

La baie de La Ciotat
Shore

La baie de La Ciotat

La Ciotat

La Baie de la Ciotat s'étend de la Pointe de l'Aigle (le pic rocheux surplombant la mer) jusqu'à Saint Cyr sur Mer. Cette baie comprend l'île verte au large de La Ciotat et de nombreuses plages de sables ou rochers.

Parc naturel du Mugel
Landscape

Parc naturel du Mugel

La Ciotat

Nested shielded from the impressive massif of the Cap de l' Aigle, the Park of Mugel represents a real harbor of greenery at the heart of La Ciotat. From the entrance, an exotic garden welcomes the visitor. Afterward a herb garden, drawn according to a fan-shaped plan. Rest areas and shaded paths…

Atelier Bleu du Cap de l'Aigle
Nautical leisure

Atelier Bleu du Cap de l'Aigle

La Ciotat

Randonnée subaquatique Calanque du Mugel. Plongée. Balades nature, découverte faune et biodiversité.

Société Nautique de La Ciotat
Nautical leisure

Société Nautique de La Ciotat

La Ciotat

Gage de son sérieux et de son efficacité la société nautique de La Ciotat a obtenu de nombreux labels comme: École Française de Voile, École de Sport en dériveurs en double, planche à voile, Label scolaire, Label Spécialités : Dériveurs, planches, catamarans, croiseurs de sport,…

Grande Plage
Beach

Grande Plage

La Ciotat

Grande Plage As its name implies, "Grande plage" is a large beach located right in the heart of La Ciotat, next to Port des Capucins. Particularly popular among families, it is attended by a lifeguard in summer and fitted out with showers and play areas. Although most of the beach is public, it…

L'Ecume des Glaces
Greed, Greediness

L'Ecume des Glaces

La Ciotat

Pour un café, un thé ou un chocolat chaud... Pour déjeuner le midi d'une tarte salée, d'un wrap, d'un crumble salé ou d'une salade sur mesure... Pour une pause gourmande, un goûter... Pour boire un jus de fruits frais, un milk shake, un Sorjus... Pour un apéro autrement... Et bien sûr,…

Where to eat

L'Escalet
Table 13

L'Escalet

La Ciotat

A great stop-off on the port, berthed against a line-up of ancient fishing boats. This Italian restaurant likes to take its time: the vita is dolce when you have nothing to do but tackle an XXL pizza reputed way beyond this little fishing town, gnocchi in artichoke cream or a monumental entrecote…

Le Four Pop
Food guide restaurant

Le Four Pop

La Ciotat

After the success of L'Epicerie (see separate entry), the dazzling duo of Camille and Alexandre have embarked on a new adventure. The spellbinding restauranteurs have revived an old oven that lay dormant for 27 years on the ground floor of an old house in the village. The décor is decidedly…

L'Office' In
Food guide restaurant

L'Office' In

La Ciotat

La terrasse de l'Office'in séduit au premier coup d'oeil, avec ses chaises en plexiglas rouge vif, ses platanes et la vue sur l'église Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption et sur le port. Après avoir officié dans divers établissements de renom, Franck Tarabella est revenu s'installer dans sa ville…

Chez Tania
Food guide restaurant

Chez Tania

La Ciotat

L'hôtel-restaurant est situé à 5 minutes du vieux port de La Ciotat, au fond d'une calanque d'une exceptionnelle beauté : La Calanque de Figuerolles. En bord de plage, les pieds dans l'eau, l'établissement créé en 1956 par les grands parents de l'actuel propriétaire vous propose un…

Auberge le Revestel
Food guide restaurant

Auberge le Revestel

La Ciotat

Face à la mer au calme, salle avec cheminée, jardin en été.

Le Saint-Jean Plage
Table 13

Le Saint-Jean Plage

La Ciotat

Set near the hotel of the same name, this restaurant lies at the water's edge on the banks of the bay. Lapped by water, the chic and sober terrace decked out with black furniture offers the perfect setting for drinking in the beauty of the Mediterranean. This is an ideal spot (unbeatable views)…

Comme en Italie
Food guide restaurant

Comme en Italie

La Ciotat

Pâtes fraîches faites main. Produits authentiques du terroir importés directement d'Italie.

Roche Belle
Food guide restaurant

Roche Belle

La Ciotat

Early in the morning, it isn't unusual to find Damien Arnaud with his wheelbarrow, toting his groceries from his neighbour. Edwige, his wife, sets up tables in the garden replete with olive trees, and inside another room, with limed red walls, there is a tangibly warm and inviting atmosphere that…

VIN 7
Table 13

VIN 7

La Ciotat

This eatery on the port is reputed for its T-bone steak in particular and its generous meat cuts in general. But this is also a mecca of Corsican produce and wines, straight from the owner's homeland. The portions are large and the presentation is meticulous this is no tourist trap. The regional…

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La Poutargue

La Poutargue

'Boutargue', an amber-coloured jewel fished on the shores of Martigues...

Figs

Figs

Francis lived happily close beside his tree...

Picked ripe from the tree, figs are simply to die for. They can also be scattered on trays and left to dry in the sun for 3 days: "That's the best way to keep your figs all winter – we serve figs at Christmas as one of Provence's famous 13 Desserts," smiles Jacqueline Honoré.

La Provence

La Provence

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