Old port of La Ciotat
Built at the same time as Marseille (-600 BC), the old port of la Ciotat has both fishing and leisure boats. The walk along the quays is very pleasant and will make you discover the historical heritage of the town. Notre Dame de l’Assomption Church has paintings tracing the history of la Ciotat. As for instance, how the Grand Saint Antoine boat could not land in la Ciotat, and therefore prevented the city from the plague epidemic in 1720 (If you have time, visit Notre Dame de la Garde chapel for its sailors’ ex-votos and for the landscape). At the entrance of the port, there is a beautiful building with a XIXth century clock tower. You will learn a lot from it, it is the museum of la Ciotat. The green lighthouse in font was built at the place of the old fort-prison of Bérouard. For 300 years it protected the entrance of the port and many prisoners. The fort was destroyed in 1895 after the dockyards expanded. We still see the big crossbars, and today, it is still used to restore luxury ships. In the distance we can glimpse the Bec de l’Aigle, overhanging the beautiful natural park of the Mugel, and Ile Verte. You can go to this island to spend the day thanks to the sea shuttle leaving from the old port. On the port, you can taste the local fishes, discover the fairground market open every Sunday from 8am to 2pm, and if you are lucky, a provencal joust tournament.
Port of la Ciotat
Joust in the Old Port
Lighthouse at the entrance of the port (Môle Bérouard)