La Ciotat

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08 September 2023  |  Tourism

La Ciotat, a paradise in Provence

La Ciotat has a rich cultural heritage, but also natural with its Calanques National Park. Let yourself be tempted as you wish by a beach, the most beautiful coves in the region, pétanque, the markets, but also Provençal gastronomic specialties.

Cultural heritage of La Ciotat

For centuries, La Ciotat has been shaped by Mediterranean influences which are reflected in its architecture, its cuisine and its way of life.

A land of history:

The coat of arms of La Ciotat as it appears on official documents, recall the origin of the city. They represent a village located by the sea, surrounded by fortifications, whose fishermen were the first inhabitants who had as suzerain the Abbot of Saint Victor.

The heart of La Ciotat

You will discover the church, the remarkable chapels, the old doors, typical squares, private mansions, the historical heritage of La Ciotat amazes visitors. The streets invite contemplation through picturesque alleys. You will find shops as well as many local artisans who will welcome you.

The port of La Ciotat

There you will find a pretty fishing port with colorful boats and boats, numerous restaurants but also bars where you can enjoy an outdoor lunch in the sun with friends or family.

Mugel Park

Formerly, Mugel Park was private property. Since 1987 it has been carefully landscaped and maintained by the municipality of La Ciotat, which has earned it the status of "Remarkable Garden". Covering an area of ​​approximately 17 hectares, it is naturally protected from the mistral and sea spray by the rocky massif of the Eagle's Beak. A microclimate conducive to the development of many varieties of plants: bamboo groves, cacti, aromatic plants, cork oaks, chestnut trees and tropical plants such as the bird of paradise. There you will find two pebble beaches, one just before the entrance to the park on the left. Immerse yourself in the heart of the park and let yourself be led to the large belvedere located 82 meters above the sea. An exceptional view! Between the beach, picnic area, natural space and botanical garden, this park has all the ingredients for a great day with the family.

Provencal specialties

Provence is home to sweet but also savory specialities: such as pistou soup. An emblematic dish of Provençal cuisine, it is a warm and comforting soup composed of seasonal vegetables such as green beans, tomatoes and zucchini, not forgetting potatoes and carrots; all garnished with pesto (fresh basil sauce, garlic, olive oil and parmesan).

The bouillabaisse:

Provençal cuisine, originating from Marseille. It is a fish soup with different species of rock fish, crustaceans and seafood.

Provençal stew:

Meat stew simmered with vegetables and herbs, with beef or bull meat.


Traditional biscuits from the South of France. Prepared with shortcrust pastry flavored with orange blossom. Sprinkled with powdered sugar before baking them in the oven.

The calissons:

Traditional sweets from the city of Aix-en-Provence. Sweets made from almond paste and candied melon, covered with a thin layer of royal icing. In the Middle Ages they were consumed during important events and were considered a luxury dish reserved for the most fortunate.

Not to be missed: the Route des Crêtes

Between La Ciotat and Cassis, if weather conditions permit, do not hesitate to reach Cassis, crossing this winding road by car, but which offers sumptuous views over the entire Mediterranean, the bay of Cassis, up to Marseilles.

Enjoy a sunset as far as the eye can see. Don't forget to check its opening on the app. Danger levels are determined daily by forest area and by municipality. They are available from 6 p.m.

Discovering the green island

Until the beginning of the 19th century, agricultural activity reigned on this island. The location of the island makes this island a strategic point in the Mediterranean, so in 1943, the Germans made the green island an entrenched camp. They build blockhouses linked together by a network of underground galleries.

Join the green island

The green island is not accessible by car, which can limit tourist numbers and be a pleasant place to fully enjoy the sun and the coves. To reach the Green Island from Port-Vieux, you can book your shuttle crossing (15 min journey) by telephone: 06. 63. 59. 16. 35 or on the website. The opening times are here.

The coves of the Green Island

  • The Saint-Pierre cove, one of the best-known coves on the Green Island. It offers a breathtaking view of the sea, the water is crystal clear and ideal for swimming or diving.

  • The cove of Seynerolles, a little further back. This one is located in the south-east of the island, and offers a view of the Var coast, with its few pines which provide shade.

  • The Plageolle cove, located in the north of the island, has a small pebble beach. It is protected from the winds. Space is limited due to the size of the cove.

What to do on the green island?

Enjoy the beach, go for a hike to discover this island which is full of surprises. Fishing, diving, or taking full advantage of a picnic.

Hiking in the heart of the green island:

Once on the green island, you will access the wooden log stairs, you will have access to an orientation table and a little higher: Fort Saint Pierre where you can observe the Bec de l'Aigle rock and the Calanque du Mugel. Once back, you will find Calanque Saint-Pierre where you can stop for tasting and refreshments at the island's restaurant.

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Amélie Roca

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