The port of La Ciotat is a small harbor in front of the green island. It is also near the natural park and the shipyard. It has a delicate aroma and atmosphere characteristic of the South. You will be enchanted by the charm of Provence once you step into the harbor, it make s for the perfect place to have a relaxing weekend.
Known as the "Independent Repulic of Figuerolles", this creek is a wonderful place to visit. As you go downstairs from the car park, little by little you'll find a surprising landscape: you have the impression of being on a film set (and yes, it has been used as a set in the past). You're on a pirate island in an exotic country ... a real change of scenery! The Eagle's Beak rock to the right is easily recognisable for its unusual shape, and if you go to Notre Dame de la Garde, you can enjoy spectacular views of this area.
155m high, it always makes me think of the Sydney Opera House, which I never expected to find in the Bay La Ciotat. It offers a perfect view of the entire region and the Green Island, a little more than a kilometre across. At its foot is a beautiful park, which is a great spot to go for a walk. So many great places together in one spot, it really begs to be visited!
Not far from the Fontsainte neighbourhood, this small station is famous in the world of cinema. This is where the Lumiere brothers made their first film in black and white, giving birth to the cinema. It still stands proudly today, with small windows and pink walls, and provides several daily trains connecting the city to Marseilles and Toulon.
Ideally located in the heart of the pedestrian streets of downtown La Ciotat, overlooking the old port, Our Lady of the Assumption Church is one of the main important monuments in the city. It has become a real landmark of the city, and is seen on all the postcards. This beautiful church dates back to the seventeen century, and is particularly interesting to see nowadays, because it has recently undergone twenty years of restoration. It also offers a beautiful view of the harbour. Don't miss it!
Hidden behind traditional Mediterranean pines, this is one of several beautiful beaches on the famous Green Island. Stormed by tourists as soon as the first rays of the sun makes its appearance, it is often crowded - especially as it's the only sandy beach on the island. However, the pines and palm trees give it a real holiday atmosphere and nice feel, despite the crowds!
Ideally located at the end of the old harbour, a short walk from the tourist office, this museum offers plenty to those who want to discover some of the history of the charming town of La Ciotat. Installed in the old town hall building, the museum is easily recognisable for its tower, which rises more than 25 metres high. It has an interesting collection of objects related to the city, revealing the evolution of La Ciotat from prehistory to today. In addition, the museum often has interesting temporary exhibitions. A nice discovery.
Just a few hundred metres from the town centre, the Old Port, the market, the shopping district and the casino, this beach is the best sandy beach in the city. Large, airy and clean - it is maintained daily by the municipal council - it is really very nice. This is the only public sandy beach in La Ciotat, and here a team of lifeguards work to supervise swimmers. You can buy ice cream and other snacks, and there are public toilets and a bouncy castle for the kids.
Located just above the creek of Mugel in La Ciotat, the Mugel Park covers nearly 12 hectares. It contains a botanical garden that I advise you to visit, if only for a picnic. You can enjoy Mediterranean, Japanese, and herb gardens. An absolutely romantic place, popular with couples and families, as there is plenty for the kids to do.
Don't miss this point, which offers a breathtaking view of La Ciotat bay and in particular the Figuerolles cove. The platform is accessible by steps cut in the rock behind Notre Dame de la Garde. It's interesting to see the Bec de l'Aigle rock from the top, as you can see a fascinating point of view over the formation. You can climb up - steep, but worth it!
Away from the bustle of the busiest parts of La Ciotat, this little beach is a haven of peace. Tiny, and subject to the whims of the elements (sometimes there is no beach at all because of the wind and waves!), it is located between the districts of Saint Jean La Ciotat and Saint Cyr sur Mer. Several small roads lead there, and from there you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the town of La Ciotat and the iconic shipyards.
Hidden in a small corner of the famous Green Island, off the coast of La Ciotat, the Plageole cove is one of the prettiest beaches on the island. It's a wild pebble beach that is too small to hold many swimmers, making it feel like a well-kept secret. The shimmering turquoise water is filled with lovely, colourful fish.
Leaving the port of La Ciotat, there is a breathtaking view of the beautiful pink granite cliffs that connect the city to the little port of Cassis. As one of the highest points in Europe (to me it felt like the highest!), it is incredibly impressive, with a stunning background of the blue sky.
A few hundred metres from the centre of the city, you can enjoy a path with an incredible view of the entire bay of La Ciotat and Cassis. The path of the Chemin de Saint-Croixe is the starting point for many hikes, which can be quite strenuous! The view from the path is simply beautiful, and it's accessible to all, as long as you have appropriate footwear. You can see the sea all the way to the horizon, dotted with a few islands - absolutely exhilarating!
A few metres from the main road linking La Ciotat to Liouquet then Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer/Les Lecques, this is a real hub for the locals. It houses a real estate agency, a hairdresser, a beauty salon, a butcher, and delicatessen that sells delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, and a stationery shop with some tables where you can sit and enjoy a coffee while reading the newspaper. A charming place, close to the beautiful Fontsainte beach.
Nestled in the heart of the pedestrian and shopping streets of La Ciotat, Mistral Gourmand is undoubtedly one of the best patisseries in town. Here, you can enjoy a wide range of delicious desserts, including eclairs that are truly to die for, as well as exquisite frozen desserts, including sorbet and iced nougat. The prices are a little high, but the quality is worth it. You can also buy tubs of sorbet to take away.
Located off the town of La Ciotat, this island has become, over time, the emblem of the city. It's one of the only wooded islands on the Mediterranean coast, with a genuine natural wealth. There are many species of birds here, as well as fish, which you can discover while snorkeling in the water. A small restaurant welcomes you every day in summer, and a shuttle bus connects the island to the city centre every hour, for a 9 euro round trip.
At the end of the old port of La Ciotat towards Cassis and Marseille, you can see the rock of Capuchin, dominating the city. It is known by locals as the dog's head rock, and the resemblance really is striking! Children who visit here are always amazed by the adorable formation ...
Are you looking for places to visit in La Ciotat? La Ciotat is a port town in Provence, in the Bouches du Rhone, France. There are three main attractions in La Ciotat: rich environmental heritage, ancient architectural buildings (both religious and civil), and a range of maritime activities due to its port on the Mediterranean.
The first stop in La Ciotat should be its port, the economic and touristic heart of this small French town. Mugel River and the nearby gardens are another of the unique things to see in La Ciotat. Among the other interesting and various La Ciotat attractions is the Casino Les Flots Bleus and Capucins parks.
The beaches are lovely places to visit in La Ciotat; the most popular are located near the port, such as Capucins and the Mugel beaches, and also Cyrnos and the Great Beach of La Ciotat. The beaches are major La Ciotat attractions for tourists.
If you are still hunting for stuff to do in La Ciotat, pay a visit to some of the museums such as the Ciotaden. Other La Ciotat activities include enjoying the stunning natural landscapes like the Cape Aigle, Cape Saint-Louis, or Verte Island, where you will enjoy breathtaking scenery. Wonder what to do in La Ciotat no longer -- browse through Minube and get packing!