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View of La Ciotat
Rue Badelon towards Cinema Lumière

La Ciotat is in Bouches-du-Rhône.


La Ciotat is halfway between Marseille and Toulon. A former shipbuilding centre, now it is a nice resort. It is often associated with Lumière Brothers and their first films.

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By train[edit]

  • 2 Train station (out of town about 4.5 km). This station was shot in one of the first films made: L'Arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat ("The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station"), made by Lumière Brothers in 1895. There is a bus from the station into the town.

By bus[edit]

  • 3 Gare routière (bus station). Right at the centre of the town, near the Tourist Office.

Get around[edit]

Map of La Ciotat


Eden Theatre
Cinema Lumière
  • 1 Vieux Port (Old Harbour).
  • 2 Vieille Ville (Old town). There are some notable buildings are rue Adolph Abeille and the rue des Poilus.
  • 3 Church of Notre Dame de l'Assomption (right at the Vieux Port). Built in the 17th century. Église Notre-Dame de La Ciotat (Q38384689) on Wikidata
  • 4 Chapelle des Pénitents Bleus, Boulevard Anatole France. Hosts temporary exhibitions. Chapelle des Pénitents bleus de la Ciotat (Q2957403) on Wikidata
  • 5 Eden Théâtre, Boulevard Georges Clémenceau, +33 4 42 83 89 05. Opened 16 June 1889, perhaps the oldest working cinema theatre in the world. Éden Théâtre (Q22995614) on Wikidata
  • 6 Musée Ciotaden, 1, quai Ganteaume, +33 4 42 71 40 99, . 1 Jul-31 Aug: W-M 16:00-19:00; 1 Sep-30 Jun: W-M 15:00-18:00. Adults €3.5, accompanied children free up to 12 years.
  • 7 Covered Market, place Evariste-Gras. A restored building of a former market, now hosts a Cinema Frères Lumière (Lumière Brothers cinema). There is also a nice square and a small street on its NW side.


A calanque at the South of Parc du Mugel
  • 1 Parc du Mugel (at the W coast of calanque Mugel), +33 4 42 08 61 32, . 1 Apr- 30 Sep: 08:00 to 20:00; 1 Oct-31 Mar: 09:00-18:00. It is a municipal park and botanical garden. The park is listed among the Notable Gardens of France. There are also some nice trails leading to calanques (characteristic coves) — well worth exploring. free. Parc du Mugel (Q3364353) on Wikidata Parc du Mugel on Wikipedia
  • 2 L'Ile Verte (Green Island). Between April and October there is a ferry service to the island.



  • 1 Le Napoleon, 31, Quai Francois Mitterrand (Vieux Port), +33 4 42 82 37 03. simple, but reasonably good food, presumably Corsican.
  • 2 La Tete d'Ail, 13, Boulevard Anatole France, +33 4 42 36 99 20. "Head of garlic" -- nice food with a bit of creativity.




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