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
  • Coach park
  • Tourisme Handicap : Moteur
  • Tourisme Handicap : Mental
  • Tourisme Handicap : Auditif
  • Ville fleurie : 3 fleurs
  • Marque Qualité Tourisme

Information provided byOT La Ciotat


Access to the Bouches-du-Rhône's hill chains, which are highly exposed to forest fires, is regulated according to the local weather conditions. Thanks to the mobile app 'My Provence Envie de Balade' and the special 0811 20 13 13 hotline, walkers benefit from real-time information and can set out with a peaceful mind.

  • Contact

    Boulevard Anatole France
    13600 La Ciotat

  • Phone

    • 04 42 08 61 32
  • Fax

    04 42 08 17 88

  • Website


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Where to stay

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Art de Vivre

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Serving tourism

Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme is a non-profit ‘association loi 1901’ organisation.It is entrusted by the Conseil Départemental (or regional council) to promote tourism in Bouches-du-Rhône while respecting the environment and local residents, and guaranteeing visitors a top-quality experience.

The best of the destination

So that everyone’s hopes and tastes are catered for, Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme promotes must-see destinations which take visitors off the beaten track, using its deep understanding of the area and its neutral role as a non-profit organisation.