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Neal's Guidebook to La Ciotat

Neal

Neal's Guidebook to La Ciotat

La Ciotat
Welcome to La Ciotat! I hope you find my guidebook useful and interesting..........
The Old Town is where all the action is for an evening, whether you want a coffee, a wine, dinner, a stroll: or just to watch the world go by. The nicest way to get to the old town is to walk through the Parc Domain De La Tour, along Avenue De La Mediterrenee and then right along the Voie Douce...... a lovely off road walk/cycle way. Once at the end of the Voie Douce, just follow your nose, and or the noise of the chinking of wine glasses. The fastest way to get to the old town: Straight down the road you see from the terrace D40B (Av Emile Bodin which turns into Av Ernest Subilia). At the coast- its left to the beaches, right to the old town.
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The Old Town is where all the action is for an evening, whether you want a coffee, a wine, dinner, a stroll: or just to watch the world go by. The nicest way to get to the old town is to walk through the Parc Domain De La Tour, along Avenue De La Mediterrenee and then right along the Voie Douce...... a lovely off road walk/cycle way. Once at the end of the Voie Douce, just follow your nose, and or the noise of the chinking of wine glasses. The fastest way to get to the old town: Straight down the road you see from the terrace D40B (Av Emile Bodin which turns into Av Ernest Subilia). At the coast- its left to the beaches, right to the old town.
Beaches
Beaches- Plage Lumiere is the closest to us........ The nicest way to get to the beaches is to walk through the Parc Domain De La Tour, along Avenue De La Mediterrenee and across the Voie Douce (Lovely walkway) onto a small unmarked path for a very short distance then across onto Ave Du Languedoc. Out of season you can try for a parking space along the front. Alternatively you could drive to the end of Ave de la mediterranee and park there for a shorter walk.
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Beaches- Plage Lumiere is the closest to us........ The nicest way to get to the beaches is to walk through the Parc Domain De La Tour, along Avenue De La Mediterrenee and across the Voie Douce (Lovely walkway) onto a small unmarked path for a very short distance then across onto Ave Du Languedoc. Out of season you can try for a parking space along the front. Alternatively you could drive to the end of Ave de la mediterranee and park there for a shorter walk.
nearest alternative beach town. Nice cafes on beach
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Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer
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nearest alternative beach town. Nice cafes on beach
The beach extension to Sanary sur Mer. Miles of fabulous beach
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Six-Fours-les-Plages
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The beach extension to Sanary sur Mer. Miles of fabulous beach
Superb secluded beach, very special, not to be missed. Cafe and pricey restaurant
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Figuerolles
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Superb secluded beach, very special, not to be missed. Cafe and pricey restaurant
Small pretty beach, great swimming, walk up to the botanical garden too. great high viewpoint, if you want a stroll away from the beach
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Parc du Mugel
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Small pretty beach, great swimming, walk up to the botanical garden too. great high viewpoint, if you want a stroll away from the beach
Sightseeing
very pretty little place ..... Wednesday is market day
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Sanary-sur-Mer
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very pretty little place ..... Wednesday is market day
very pretty little place
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La Cadière-d'Azur
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very pretty little place
A little further afield, but a great day trip by car. Theres an old Roman amphitheatre loads of history, and of course lots of pavement cafes, one of which made famous by Van Gogh (pavement cafe at midnight)
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Arles
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A little further afield, but a great day trip by car. Theres an old Roman amphitheatre loads of history, and of course lots of pavement cafes, one of which made famous by Van Gogh (pavement cafe at midnight)
Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer is a really sweet little place, hidden in a headland after Six- Fours. For a little adventure, the drive over the mountain is fun, on the D2816/ Corniche Varoise which takes you into the hills/ forest.
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Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer
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Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer is a really sweet little place, hidden in a headland after Six- Fours. For a little adventure, the drive over the mountain is fun, on the D2816/ Corniche Varoise which takes you into the hills/ forest.
For walkers, park at Saint Pons. There are numerous walks uphill from there. For keen road cyclists the D2 road from Gemenos to Col d’Espigoullier is an absolute must. Not recommended for driving because its extremely twisty and always full of rubberneckers, cyclists and roaring motorbikers.
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Gémenos
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For walkers, park at Saint Pons. There are numerous walks uphill from there. For keen road cyclists the D2 road from Gemenos to Col d’Espigoullier is an absolute must. Not recommended for driving because its extremely twisty and always full of rubberneckers, cyclists and roaring motorbikers.
Pretty town. I prefer it to Aix
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Salon-de-Provence
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Pretty town. I prefer it to Aix
Fabulous island day trip. Wonderful beaches. Great cycling around the island. 20 minute boat trip from the coast.
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Porquerolles
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Fabulous island day trip. Wonderful beaches. Great cycling around the island. 20 minute boat trip from the coast.
Pretty not too far Provencale Village
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Le Castellet
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Pretty not too far Provencale Village
This is the steep and windy scenic road to Cassis. Frequently closed in high wind. A hairy drive, a wonderful cycle. There is also a footpath option which is also great. Walk to Cassis, taxi back after lunch
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Route des Crêtes
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This is the steep and windy scenic road to Cassis. Frequently closed in high wind. A hairy drive, a wonderful cycle. There is also a footpath option which is also great. Walk to Cassis, taxi back after lunch
Lots of fashion shops
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Aix-en-Provence
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Lots of fashion shops
To be honest we never found much here. Except for the water fountain near the traffic lights, very useful if want to walk or hike from Ceyreste. Take the second lefts after the traffic lights, heading up to the camping and the tennis club to find good trail heads for hiking or VTT Mountain bikes.
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Ceyreste
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To be honest we never found much here. Except for the water fountain near the traffic lights, very useful if want to walk or hike from Ceyreste. Take the second lefts after the traffic lights, heading up to the camping and the tennis club to find good trail heads for hiking or VTT Mountain bikes.
Chapelle of Notre dame Du Mai. A great drive up, great views. Best ascended by bike!!
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Our Lady of May
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Chapelle of Notre dame Du Mai. A great drive up, great views. Best ascended by bike!!
Essential ascent on a road bike, if thats your thing. Hairy ascent in a car, best avoided for fear of motorbikes whizzing round corners. Amazing walking here though.
Col de l'Espigoulier
Essential ascent on a road bike, if thats your thing. Hairy ascent in a car, best avoided for fear of motorbikes whizzing round corners. Amazing walking here though.
Big town, lots to see, museums, traffic, pollution
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Marseille
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Big town, lots to see, museums, traffic, pollution
you can go up and over the routes des cretes, back by the 559. close by, famous, beautiful
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Cassis
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you can go up and over the routes des cretes, back by the 559. close by, famous, beautiful
pretty provencale town. short pretty walk to a waterfall
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Cotignac
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pretty provencale town. short pretty walk to a waterfall
Activity spot
Horses, bikes, walks, beaches, very very flat, a few interesting villages, different landscape completely.
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Camargue
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Horses, bikes, walks, beaches, very very flat, a few interesting villages, different landscape completely.
This is the mountain you can see to the far left looking out of the terrace. A number of good walking trail heads/mounting biking/VTT.
Mont Caume
This is the mountain you can see to the far left looking out of the terrace. A number of good walking trail heads/mounting biking/VTT.
Walk it cycle it drive it
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Sainte-Baume
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Walk it cycle it drive it
Minimum 2 hour hike from the road, well worth the investment, hiking routes closed in summer due to fire risk. Boat trips from La Ciotat old town are good.
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Calanque
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Minimum 2 hour hike from the road, well worth the investment, hiking routes closed in summer due to fire risk. Boat trips from La Ciotat old town are good.
(15 minute drive) is best avoided unless you want to buy a zillion things to kit out a house, in which case the industrial zone is amazing.
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Aubagne
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(15 minute drive) is best avoided unless you want to buy a zillion things to kit out a house, in which case the industrial zone is amazing.
Starting point for lots of hikes and walks and mountain biking......uphill out of Ceyreste at the junction of D3/ D3D.
Le Grand Caunet
Starting point for lots of hikes and walks and mountain biking......uphill out of Ceyreste at the junction of D3/ D3D.
Ski lift from Toulon, or walk up.
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Mont Faron
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Ski lift from Toulon, or walk up.
world class grand prix circuit. karting as well. many spectator events cheap to watch. except the grand prix which is expensive
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Circuit Automobile Paul Ricard
2760 Route des hauts du camp
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world class grand prix circuit. karting as well. many spectator events cheap to watch. except the grand prix which is expensive
Europe's largest outdoor gambling casino. 5 minutes walk. Right out of the entrance and right again. Fun evening........
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Partouche Casino Les Flots Bleus
1 Avenue du Président Wilson
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Europe's largest outdoor gambling casino. 5 minutes walk. Right out of the entrance and right again. Fun evening........
take a boat shuttle from the old town for a lovely time on the 'green island'
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île Verte
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take a boat shuttle from the old town for a lovely time on the 'green island'

City advice

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boat trip
https://abnb.me/EYVLhay987 This is Tamara and bruno's boat trip. She is also my concierge and they can assist with other advice locally as well
Getting around
Taxis
Jean Francis+33 6 85 67 90 58 Marcel+33 6 09 32 76 35 Patrick+33 6 09 33 02 91 Thierry+33 6 50 15 61 56 Taxi for town+33 4 42 83 32 32 Jean-luc +33 6-23-83-01-45 Europcar La Ciotat+33 4 42 18 21
Getting around
Nearby shops
If you look from the terrace of the flat to the extreme right you will just see the centre commercial Ciotat Park. Here you will find- at the front- a fantastic boulangerie: the last shop to the south nearer to the small roundabout. Fresh bread and croissants! Nearby is an enourmous Carrefore hypermarket. The problem here is not what they don’t have, but actually finding what you want before nightfall. I recommend the Casino supermarket which is just a bit more manageable. There are a couple of restaurants around here too, a bank and a few other shops to get you going.
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https://www.aqualand.fr/saint-cyr-sur-mer/
https://www.aqualand.fr/saint-cyr-sur-mer/ Crazy enourmous water park, close by, very noisy. Avoid, unless you have kids who will love it......
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www.okcorral.fr
http://www.okcorral.fr D8N - 13780 Cuges-Les-Pins Tél. : 04 42 73 80 05 sherif@okcorral.fr another hectic day out for the kids
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CYCLING
www. avcc.fr ........ local cycling club wednesday or saturday morning for a 80km club ride. very friendly- even if you speak no french. check website for start times. There is a mountain bike VTT section too. otherwise i have various gpx files i can send also www.cycleslleba.com to hire bikes/spare etc. both are very close to the flat. mountain biking - there are lots of routes, i can give specific advise
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La Ciotat old town night market
every evening in august
Getting around
the voie douce or sweet way
this is an old railway line, now converted into a charming traffic free walking and cycling route. It runs from the old town to la Ciotat SNCF station. its quiet, lined with trees and flowers and a gem.
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parc domain de la tour
lovely park with kids activities, occasional outdoor events, shady walks and so on. get into my Terrace and look to your right. thats it right there.....
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wine tasting Tours
there are numerous local vineyards, all have tastings and shops. we like domain d'olivette.