La Ciotat is a former shipwharf-village and lies about 35 km from Marseille. Since big Container- and other transporting ships are moire produced in Asia, the area of La Ciotat changes it´s face more to the touristic sector. However, compared to Cassis in the next bay west or St. Syr sur Mer in the next eastern neighbourhood, La Ciotat is still on the startline of a touristical development but there is already a possibility to charter a yacht and start a sailing holiday from here. There is plenty of space for pleasure boats in both the old harbour close to the old center and in a new built Marina.
As one can see her, people of La Ciotat are very clever in finding solutions to store boats: the just put them in shelves.
background, the big cranes of the former shipwharfs are visible,
used today to move even biggest Superyachts to the land for maintenance.
the other side. On the (not visible)
La Ciotat´s old port´s buildings are partially renovated.
A modern Yacht Club Restaurant and Bar opened in the upper level of an old fabric-building.
Below from the same position a view to the left side of the old port of La Ciotat area with typical Provence-style buildings. The Yacht harbour area mentioned above is around the corner behind the little tower seen in the right area of the picture.
There are several Bars, Pizzarias and Restaurants alongside the Quai, and a nice mixture of locals and Tourists fill the sidewalks, that pass along the old port. Fortunately, it is not yet a touristically fully developed place like Cassis, and so one can still enjoy typical southern french atmosphere here in La Ciotat even when other places are packed with people already!
Choose a boat from french southern coast or Corsica
of La Ciotat stretches far to the east, and provides several beaches,
same sandy, often rocky.