The 8 most beautiful walks around La Ciotat

Les hauteurs de Cassis et la route des crêtes

Discover the Parc national des Calanques! We’ve selected the best hiking itineraries around La Ciotat.

With its pretty fishing port andItalian flair, La Ciotat is a charming little town. So it’s hardly surprising that it attracts crowds of summer visitors every year! To seduce and entertain them, La Ciotat has several cards to play.

For a start, this picturesque town is home to a rich heritage. It was also a cradle of cinema and boasts the birthplace of pétanque. But if it has so inspired artists from Georges Braque to Nicolas de Staël and Raymond Queneau, it’s above all thanks to its magnificent landscapes.

For this pretty town is also the gateway to the famous Parc national des Calanques. Nestled between sea and mountains, it is surrounded by impressive ridges and superb coves. This landscape, shaped by rock, sea and Mediterranean vegetation, is an ideal playground for walkers. There are a thousand and one hikes to be had from La Ciotat, and we’ve selected some of the finest for you!

1. The Soubeyranes cliffs via the Dent du Chat ascent

Les falaises Soubeyranes via la montée de la Dent du Chat

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  • Duration: about 3h30
  • Distance: 10.3 km
  • Height difference: 667 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • See the route

Lace up your shoes, put on your backpack and put on your cap. It’s time to set off on a beautiful hike near La Ciotat, in the heart of the Calanques. The advantage of this hike is that you can really immerse yourself in nature, without even needing to take the car. In fact, the starting point is right on the edge of the town of La Ciotat.

Along the way, you’ll discover some of the most breathtaking sites and panoramas in this part of the Calanques. First, you’ll admire the Dent du Chat, a spectacular natural stone arch. From the Rocher Eléphant lookout, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea and the cliffs. Finally, you’ll reach the Calanques lookout, after a route that offers splendid panoramic views over the Bay of Cassis.

2. Le Mugel, Notre-Dame de la Garde chapel and Bec de L’Aigle

Le Mugel, la chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde et le Bec de L'Aigle

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  • Duration: about 3 hours
  • Distance: 10.6 km
  • Difference in altitude: 418 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • See the route

In La Ciotat, nature doesn’t hesitate to make inroads into the city. You’ll quickly realize this as you hike through La Ciotat and into the Parc des Calanques. A few minutes after leaving the old port, you’ll approach the pretty Parc du Mugel, bordered by the sea.

A detour to the promontory of the Notre-Dame de la Garde chapel offers a bird’s-eye view of the famous Figuerolles calanque. You’ll then cover a few kilometers of ridge, enjoying beautiful panoramic views, before returning to the old port. While this hike offers plenty of splendid natural scenery, it should be noted that it is partly on a tarmac road.

3. La Ciotat’s long beach and Figuerolles cove

La calanque de Figuerolles

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 7.6 km
  • Height difference: 111 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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If you’re in the mood for an easy hike in La Ciotat, including a swim, this is the itinerary for you. This walk will take you on a tour of the town, or more precisely of its seaside side.

As you stroll along, you’ll discover La Ciotat’s most popular beaches, including Grande Plage, Plage Lumière and Plage des Capucins. You can also admire the famous, postcard-perfect marina. In the distance, you’ll see the wild Île Verte, which faces the town.

Finally, you’ll discover the beautiful calanque of Figuerolles. While this walk in summer will allow you to swim along the way, you’ll also appreciate it out of season. You’ll be able to enjoy the scenery better, away from the crowds.

4. The heights of Cassis and the route des crêtes

randonnées La Ciotat : Les hauteurs de Cassis et la route des crêtes

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  • Duration: about 3 hours
  • Distance: 10.1 km
  • Elevation gain: 311 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • See the route

If you love La Ciotat, then you’ll love Cassis, its little sister and neighbor! Departing from La Ciotat, this hike takes you to the heights, in the heart of the Parc national des Calanques. The small effort required for the climb will be rewarded by contrasting landscapes.

You’ll discover green plateaus overlooking the sea, as well as towering limestone cliffs. From the Calanques belvedere, you’ll enjoy a superb panorama. Finally, you’ll discover the town of Cassis – and its bay – from the air. A postcard landscape you won’t soon forget! It’s worth noting that this tour can also be done by mountain bike.

5. Capucins beach, Fontsainte beach and Arène Cros beach

La plage des Capucins, la place de Fontsaine et la plage d’Arène Cros

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  • Duration: about 1h30
  • Distance: 7.1 km
  • Height difference: 67 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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If you’re looking for a relaxing family walk, this is the route for you. There’s no need to leave La Ciotat for this walk. All you have to do is walk along the se afront and discover three of the town’s lovely beaches. You’ll have plenty of time to cool off along the way, and enjoy the Mediterranean and its horizon as far as the eye can see.

For the more courageous, this route can be extended as far as the old port, or as far as the Parc du Mugel. It can also be used as a jogging trail for runners.

6. The Baronial Plains, Louisiana, the Telegraph

randonnées La Ciotat : Les plaines Baronnes, la Louisianne, le Télégraphe

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 13.5 km
  • Height difference: 462 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • See the route

Head inland to the heights of La Ciotat on this hike, which offers beautiful panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Your starting point is just off the freeway, at Arène Cros. Between pine trees and open vistas, you’ll climb a slope that takes you through the hamlet of La Louisiane. Along the way, you’ll discover the ruins of the telegraph, which once enabled the region to communicate.

Once you’ve reached the summit, take a deep breath of fresh air and admire the scenery. You’ll then take a path that partly follows the Fainéant stream back to your starting point.

7. Le Pin Galaban, le Bau de la Saoupe and le vallon de Bécasse

Le Pin Galaban, le Bau de la Saoupe et le vallon de Bécasse

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  • Duration: about 5h30
  • Distance: 19.6 km
  • Height difference: 573 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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If you’re prepared to make a substantial effort to take full advantage of the region’s treasures, this itinerary should appeal to you. Departing from La Ciotat, the hike takes you through the Parc national des Calanques to the heights of Cassis.

You’ll make a long loop through the heart of the Calanques, discovering their maritime side as well as their more mountainous side. You’ll be able to admire the bay of Cassis, its vineyards and even the islands and calanques of Marseille.

You’ll also pass the foot of two of the Soubeyranes cliffs: the Bau de la Saoupe and the Couronne de Charlemagne. In our opinion, this comprehensive itinerary is one of the most beautiful walks from La Ciotat. In fact, you can also do it on a mountain bike!

8. From Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde chapel to Cassis

randonnées La Ciotat : De la chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde à Cassis

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 11.9 km
  • Ascent: 767 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • See the route

This variant of the La Ciotat-Cassis hikes takes you to the center of Cassis. A great opportunity to combine nature and heritage on the same route! You’ll set off from the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde chapel, which offers one of the finest panoramic views of La Ciotat. You’ll then follow the sea along the ridges, taking in the tranquil beauty of the azure expanses.

Suddenly, a superb view of Cassis Bay awaits you. You’ll then descend to the heart of the town, where you can admire the old port or visit the soap factory. To get back to La Ciotat, you can take a bus or, for the more courageous, take the same route in the opposite direction!

In this selection, we’ve concentrated on hikes directly accessible from La Ciotat. If you have a vehicle at your disposal, you can venture further into the Calanques, and discover a multitude of other itineraries. One thing’s for sure: there’s no shortage of walks around La Ciotat!