Walk in the Parc du Mugel, visit the historical centre, take a cruise to the Ile Verte, visit the creeks by boat or hike from Cap Canaille to Cassis for the most-sporty types: if you like walking, you’ll love La Ciotat. Facing the sea, the town of La Ciotat also offers a range of outdoor sports activities all year round: diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, tennis, surfing. It is also a lively town with bars, restaurants and a casino.
La Ciotat, the Most Beautiful Bay in the World 2019
La Ciotat is now part of the club of the most beautiful bays in the world..
This award recognizes sites where man has chosen to “intelligently develop the coastal space” while respecting local natural and cultural properties, as described in the Routard guide. Among them, the Bay of San Francisco (United States), Halong Bay in Vietnam, Mont Saint-Michel Bay in Normandy and the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany.
The coastline of the Golfe d’Amour extends over 7km. The beaches, both developed and wild, simply invite you to relax. A stone’s throw from the marina, a beach volleyball court is located next to Plage des Capucins beach. The one in Saint-Jean welcomes lovers of water sports such as kayaking, paddle-boarding or sailing. Next to Mugel and Ile Verte, you’ll find nature, and turquoise waters so typical of the calanques.
The Parc du Mugel, a blend of garden and creeks, is a must.
Not far from the shipyards of La Ciotat, 15 minutes’ walk from the old port, you come across a change of scenery. The Parc du Mugel, a listed site of 12 hectares, is blessed with lush vegetation (holm oaks and chestnut trees, palm trees and cacti, many aromatic plants around the gardens). It is protected from the sea by the Cap du Bec de l’Aigle, which rises in the background.
The walk along the paths leads to a bamboo grove. Don’t miss the view from the belvedere (82m above the sea). For excursions to the calanques, the Atelier Bleu du Cap de l’Aigle invites you to discover the natural heritage of the La Ciotat coastline.
For picnics or swimming
A few metres from the coast of La Ciotat, facing the Mugel, is the île Verte (12ha, and 50m high) which can be reached by boat (shuttle) or paddle-board. The uninhabited island offers a green setting in the shade of pine trees. Discover the small calanques (la Plageolle or la Seynerolle). Saint-Pierre beach is the one where you land from La Ciotat. A path leads to the remains of an old fort from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sea and the rugged coastline of the Calanque du Mugel. A place which offers an ideal setting for a day of discovery.
Le Cap Canaille by the Route des Crêtes
Highest cliffs of France (364 m high)
Going to Cap Canaille to reach Cassis offers a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. A hiking trail marked out to the Cap Canaille, about 2 hours of walking minimum (for the most sporty), the steep slopes plunge dizzyingly into the sea, (Warning, the steep cliffs don’t have the benefit from any protection). Belvederes offer sumptuous panoramic views of Cassis and its calanques or coves. You can access it by the D141, the winding and spectacular Route des Crêtes