The town's vocation has always been linked to nature and the sea. Its landscapes and the lives of its people have all contributed. As part of the Parc National des Calanques, La Ciotat offers visitors some magnificent sites and many spectacular walks!
Walks from La Ciotat
La Ciotat is a starting point for many walks! This pages offers route guides, maps and information on regulations. Walking route guides Provence Tourisme has published route guides to walks through the area for several years [...]
Linking La Ciotat with Cassis, the Route des Crêtes (clifftop road) was opened in 1964. Look-out points are provided where you can admire the exceptional panorama of La Ciotat Bay, with the old town and the Île Verte in the background. Further on, the Massif des Calanques stands out spectacularly, its slopes plunging down into the sea. On clear days, you can see the chain of Marseille's islands. [...]
The Parc National des Calanques – protecting, welcoming and informing Created on 18 April 2012, the Parc National des Calanques is France’s 10th national park and the first in Europe to include land, sea and semi-urban areas. At the heart of Provence’s limestone coast, the national park, which stretches over the municipalities of Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat, is world-famous for its sublime landscapes, its remarkable biodiversity and its cultural wealth. [...]
The Calanque du Mugel is a natural site sheltered by the rocky outcrop of the Bec de l'Aigle. The calanque or rocky inlet is a geological fortress built in the torrents of the secondary era. Over the millennia, the pebbles have formed a reddish conglomerate, La Ciotat's characteristic puddingstone. The calanque is home to a botanical park, Le Parc du Mugel, which invites visitors to discover many regional plants as they stroll, some of them very rare. [...]
Formerly planted with fig trees, from which it takes its name, the Calanque (rocky inlet) de Figuerolles is characterized by the erosion of its puddingstone flanks and the Rocher du Capucin (rock of the Capuchin monk). Seen from another headland, the rock is also known as the Tête de Chien (dog’s head) due to its appearance. The Îlot du Lion (lion island) is another testament to the extravagant forms of this calanque, which has been immortalized by great painters such as Georges Braque and Othon Friesz. The calanque also houses a hotel and restaurant.
Only 420 meters from the shore, the Île Verte (green island) is the only wooded island in Bouches-du-Rhône. The island was once a paradise for rabbits. Today, they have been replaced by seagulls, which nest here almost all year long. The dominant Aleppo pines give the island its emerald appearance. Other typical species, such as myrtle and wild olive, asphodel and thyme grow alongside mushrooms, which are plentiful on days after rain. [...]
The many relaxation areas and public gardens make La Ciotat a seaside resort where nature is right at home. Le Jardin de la Ville Boulevard Lamartine Fully redesigned. No less than 15,000 m2 of green space where young and old alike can come and relax in the shade of the trees and plants. The bandstand provides a rustic note that is very welcome on summer evenings. [...]
La Ciotat has several cycle paths: By the sea From the Tourist Office to the Villa des Tours. Boulevard Anatole France / Boulevard Georges Clémenceau / Avenue Wilson In the town La Voie Douce From Avenue Frédéric Mistral to the railway station