Are you planning to visit Marseille but the same time you would want to see some small villages around? Just 30 kilometers from the second biggest city in France, there is an architecture and natural pearl – La Ciotat.
You might want to go there directly from Marseille or the same day while exploring other places nearby like Cassis and Route des Cretes La Ciotat Cassis. La Ciotat is much bigger than Cassis, less crowded and cheaper. Actually, it made much more impression on me than any other town around Marseille.
The amazing Parc Muget in La Ciotat should definitely be on your list during your visit to the village! It is a remarkable garden full of cactus and bamboos as well as tropical plants. You can also enjoy your time in one of two beaches or have a picnic in a special area with benches and children’s playground. Also, a splendid view of the sea and calanques in this parc cannot be missed. You can actually spend the whole day there with your family.
“La Ciotat was the setting of one of the very first projected motion pictures, L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat filmed by the Lumière brothers in 1895.”
The town itself offers a beautiful port with many small boats as well as huge, impressionable yachts.
Walking along the coastline, enjoying the view or having ice cream or a meal in one of the restaurants will make you forget all the problems. Do not hesitate to make La Ciotat obligatory place to visit during your stay on the south of France.