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La Ciotat

Seaside resort on the French Riviera

Blason La CiotatLa Ciotat is located in the department of Bouches du Rhone, 31 kilometres east of Marseilles. Sitting at the bottom of a crescent bay, the city backed the Bec de l'Aigle and Cap Canaille, faces the sea.

La Ciotat and Ceyreste not formed a single metropolitan area until the fifteenth century. The name of La Ciotat, which comes from the Provencal La Ciutat / Ciéuta, simply means the city, while the village of Ceyreste takes its name from the majestic Bec de l'Aigle, which dominates the city. In 1429, serious disputes regarding custody of the land "common" broke out between La Ciotat and Ceyreste. Delegates from both communities then found a solution: the division of territory Ceyreste, split into two distinct and independent.

Therefore, La Ciotat grew rapidly: it built the Fort Béroard, its ramparts, his church and managed his own business. Real shipyards moved from 1622, taking an industrial dimension from 1836. They change hands several times during the twentieth century and constitute the economic lung of the city until their closure in December 1982.

The city then turned to the summer tourism because it offers beautiful beaches, many opportunities dives, and an ideal starting point for visits to creeks. La Ciotat taking advantage of its port facilities for erecting a pole of the high pleasure. In 2006, and has started construction of what will ultimately be the biggest lift boats in Europe.

The cinema at La Ciotat

Cinématographe des Frères LumièreAt the end of the nineteenth century, industrialists Lyons, the Lumiere brothers, will play a leading role in the history of cinema, and forever mark the history of La Ciotat. It is in this city that, on September 28, 1895, the first public projection of Cinématographe in the first cinema in the world "Eden". The Eden still exists, the new face of the port city and its rehabilitation through a support committee chaired by Bertrand Tavernier, ends. Note that it is in their ciotadenne villa, the chateau du Clos beaches that the Lumiere brothers run several of their films: "Arroseur watered, the meal baby." They realize also the first colour photographs in the Gulf of La Ciotat.

Pictures of La Ciotat

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Around La Ciotat

Calanques - Marseille - Cassis - Salon de Provence - Bandol - Le château d'If - Toulon - Hyères - Porquerolles - Port-Cros - Ile du Levant - Sanary sur Mer - Six Fours les Plages -

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