Approximately 20 kilometers or 20 minutes drive from Marseille, La Ciotat is a historically significant and beautiful little seaside village. It has maintained its working Port and its authenticity. It has also maintained its status as a cultural town since the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière shot the first movie ever made in the town in 1895 – thanks to the Lumières and their movie L’Entrée du Train en Gare de La Ciotat”, the town is known as the birthplace of the Cinematograph. In the year 1910, the much loved sport of Petanque was first played in La Ciotat.
The village offers many places for a quiet relaxing stroll with many squares, chapels and ancient buildings.
Rich in natural beauty with six kilometers of beaches, two Calanques – Mugel and Figuerolles; the nearby Ile Verte – just off its coast and the Parc due Mugel which is rich in natural vegetation.