What to do and see in La Ciotat, France: The Best Places and Tips

July 19, 2017 Kandra Bartel

La Ciotat in France, from Europe region, is best know for Geologic Formations. Discover best things to do in La Ciotat with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in La Ciotat

1. La Calanque de Figuerolles

13600 La Ciotat, France +33 4 42 08 41 71
Excellent
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4.5 based on 251 reviews

La Calanque de Figuerolles

Reviewed By Liliya P

Les Calanques is such a beautiful place for those who like hiking! I was doing it almost every day wth my friends! Especially to see the sunset! Hope one day to come back! As that was the best place for me in La Ciotat!

13260 Cassis, France +33 892 39 01 03
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Calanques

Reviewed By John M - Lyon, France

The hike along the barren cliffs to see the five Calanques between Cassis and Marseille is very worthwhile or you visit them by Seakayak from the beautiful port of Cassis. We took the direct bus from Castellane to Cassis along a very scenic route. The adjacent park and forest are all unpolluted, due the co-operation of visitors and the local authority. The sea is an azure blue sea and people enjoy hiking and some even dive headlong into the sea from the high cliffs. A hike from Marseille to Cassis could be in two stages: Callelongue to Calanque Morgiou in 4 hours and then Calanque Morgiou to Cassis in about 5 hours. There are enough cafes and bars for a rest and snacks with a drink while you enjoy the sounds of chirping cicadas. If you like to return by bus suggest a 30 minutes walk from Calanque Morgiou to Luminy (University of Marseille), and there's a bus from there to Marseille every 10-15 minutes.

3. Parc du Mugel

Avenue Mugel, 13600 La Ciotat, France +33 4 42 08 61 32
Excellent
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4.5 based on 636 reviews

Parc du Mugel

Reviewed By esibje - Paris, France

Very nice calanque located in la ciotat close to a parking area and accessible. I would recommend to go there early in the morning during high season as it is often crowded in the afternoon

4. Calanque de Port-Miou

13260 Cassis, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 224 reviews

Calanque de Port-Miou

Reviewed By wendyanddavid536 - Solihull, United Kingdom

The first calanque that you come to on a boat trip from Cassis. The longest of the Calanques, it is always full of boats moored here, a large number of them with folks draped over them sunbathing with very little apparent interest in sailing - very amusing.
Just visible through the pine trees on one side is the chapel of Notre Dame, built in 1649 to give thanks for the village having survived the plague. There is also a stone quarry, now closed, which supplied stone for the plinth of New York's Statue of Liberty.

5. Freediving center Abyss Garden

Base Nautique de La Ciotat, 13600 La Ciotat, France +33 6 80 75 59 96
Excellent
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5 based on 52 reviews

Freediving center Abyss Garden

Abyss Garden is a freediving school based in La Ciotat, which offers AIDA International courses from beginner to expert. You will learn how to breathe, relax, and practice freediving in the most beautiful spots of La Ciotat, around "Green Island".And for those who will wish to practice as a family, we propose snorkeling. See you soon!

Reviewed By TravelerZrenjanin - Zrenjanin

LA CIOTAT
Lumiere brothers of underwater safari
By Zoran Slavic


At the dawn, when he was supposed to go to the inside, in the French Alps, by Brignoles and Draguignan, downpour us hindered to do so within the stipulated time. In addition, fortunately, since the delay proved enough and welcome colleague Velimir to remember that the place through which we have passed, coming from Marseille, La Ciotat, actually the town in which the railway station 1896th entered the train, that Lumiere brothers were photographed. With the camera constructed by Edison. It is, therefore, a place by the beginning of the history of motion pictures, films. A short film is Arrive'e d'un train en gare (Entry train at La Ciotat), is the beginning of the film-truth, the famous documentary by the Lumiere brothers start in Lyon (Factory workers leaving a factory), then here at Ciotat (The train enters ...) And finally in Paris (Was doused while pouring). These are impressive silent films, short cuts, which depict the event itself without the intervention of actor participation. It told us everything Velemir, otherwise a film editor.
So, thankfully, and the dawn of Toulon was raining. When we arrived in La Ciotat, in about twenty minutes, though, back to Marseilles, the city was drenched, drained and bright, new almost like the beginning of the century. However, Velemir had to wait with his film pursuits because most of the companies were the fact that the first visit Abyss Garden. Our friend Dusko, otherwise avid diver, he could not venture into the French seaside. That's why we went to the rocky end of La Ciotat, which is called the National Park of Calanques. They're Dusko managed to convince instructors to no training, for which we had no time, however, to let him to dive into this azure sea. After about fifteen minutes, which to us seemed like hours, he returned to the Terrace all delighted. No end to the stories of sea creatures, corals and unusual pieces of stone that he had seen in his tour of the underwater world. Here in La Ciotat, near Marseilles.
Now we can go back to the Lumiere brothers, and everything else. I'm standing on the platform and try to bring up history. The camera comes to life. Life through the camera gets in the drama. Density moment. I feel as if impatient passengers waiting at a train. Black-and-white photo from in 1896. Exposing to color day. I am in La Ciotat, where the enthusiasm is still the reality of the film. This time the tourists, what are we. In the morning, at the end of spring, I'm standing at the station antiglare from the Mediterranean sun, with cypress, poplar trees and palm trees in the background. The train, electrical, enters station lonely but cheerful. Steamer, people in winter coats and snow, but they are still in the distant Lumiere projection. Manufacturer of Lyons, celluloid dreamers, not only changed the world with his short films, intervention in the life which is based on absolute not changing that same life, the brothers Louis and Auguste, of course, Lumiere, and this this Southern French town, for eternal time, marked his prophetic skill. Today's residents La Ciotat are proud of them.
In this we can be sure at lunch in the "Trattoria dela Sergio” in the harbor. The motto of this restaurant reads - Sun of Italy to your plate! Restaurant with a lot of white paint on the walls and tablecloths, we had a very pleasant lunch: tomato mozzarella salad, followed by Spaghetti garlic fried zucchini and for dessert Neapolitan Slice, (three flavors Vanilla Ice, Strawberry and Chocolate). We drank wine Chianti and spent almost two hours in a pleasant atmosphere.
La Ciotat is definitely entered the world, the big world. Place of thirty thousand inhabitants more is not a fishing port on the outskirts of the Côte d'Azur. It is a great tourist destination attraction. His Majesty the film is here to walk again. Let's go to look around the city, a little flushed with good wine. The building, an old, with the end of the last century, the theater in which it was first shown in the famous train entering the town, which would then become famous for being.
We arrive in front of the old hotel Vila, from 1864. in which is now the Maritime Museum. There is also a church from the early seventeenth century, the repentant, no matter the color complexion and race. With a coastline of La Ciotat, which acts as ancient and undisturbed, natural and luxurious in vegetation, I saw the Cap Canaille, top of the rock-cliff that I had visited before couple of days ago, in Cassis . With a glass of wine, garden restaurant'' Chez Jean-Louis'', unbound from talking to some locals, we decided to make our way in and Draguignan and Grasse move in one day. Specifically, we unanimously ended that we cannot escape the nearby town of Aubergine, for reasons that will be revealed only when I touch this place in the Mediterranean hinterland.

6. Port de Cassis

quai des Moulins, 13260 Cassis, France +33 4 42 32 91 65
Excellent
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4.5 based on 725 reviews

Port de Cassis

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Very vived place, many attractions, a magnet for people, nice Promenade with pedestrian aera, nice in summer, and also in autumn, depend wether you want to enjoy the first or the last sunny days.

7. Ecole de Kitesurf Swellpassion

1 avenue de la Mer | Port de la Madrague, 83270 Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, France
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5 based on 32 reviews

Ecole de Kitesurf Swellpassion

Reviewed By Rikoshey - La Ciotat, France

If your looking for adventure and you don’t mind getting wet then I highly recommend Kite Surfing. Even if you don’t speak French, Philippe will have you up and away in no time. Already into kitting but you left your kit at home, Philippe can rent you the latest from Cabrina and drop you off in the bay with his boat then come get you when your done. Wetsuits, harness, boots, boards, kites of all sizes and all the safety gear as well. Highly recommended. Rick

8. Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde

Rue de L'Eglise, 13600 La Ciotat, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde

Reviewed By Kent2009 - Los angeles, ca

location was very nice .nice view of the water , the architechure of the church is magnificent. We took a train/shuttle to go up to the church - nice little tour. Recommnedation: wear flat shoes - lots of walking.

9. Eden Theatre

Boulevard Georges Clemenceau, 13600 La Ciotat, France +33 4 88 42 17 60
Excellent
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Eden Theatre

Reviewed By georgeoxon - Oxford

The renovation of this vintage cinema and historic site has been completed. It is here that the first private film screening was held by the Frères Lumière in 1899. As a result this is the world’s oldest existing cinema which led to it being classified as a historic monument in 1996. We went to see a really interesting film about the Armenian immigrants from the early 20th century to La Ciotat. A members only showing, but with spare tickets being allocated to visitors. It may not always be free.
The theatre is full of atmosphere and a wonderful site to restore with a magniificent exterior and interior. Thank you La Ciotat.

10. Musee Ciotaden

1 quai Ganteaume, 13600 La Ciotat, France +33 4 42 71 40 99
Excellent
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Musee Ciotaden

Reviewed By Escargot66491 - Brno, Czech Republic

You will be surprised how significant this town is for our culture (as I was!) Ever first movie (arrival of a train to Gare de La Ciotat was filmed here by brothers Lumiere, which took this town out other small fisher's towns on the coast. You also can see here many articles of Greek/Roman presence in the region.

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