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    by pfsmalo Written Jan 6, 2014

    The quays are quite open to anyone to walk around to have a look at some of the giant millionnaires toys that are parked up here. Especially the 95 metres "Indian Empress". If you have a few spare Euros it can be chartered for a week at the knock-down price of............600.000€ plus expenses !!!!! The m/v White Cloud in the 3rd pic can be bought for a mere 16 million USD.

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    by pfsmalo Written Dec 31, 2013

    For those that prefer hiking all these calanques are linked by by trails between La Ciota, to Cassis and then Marseille. I haven't done it but it is supposed to be quite hard.

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    by pfsmalo Written Dec 31, 2013

    Many people call these the "Calanques de Cassis" which is really completely false, as there is only one on the territory of Cassis. The vast majority are part of Marseille. Doing this boat trip from Marseille is fraught with problems as there are battles between the different companies over prices, places on the quayside, and what you actually get for your money!!!
    Not so from La Ciotat. Here, the three or four companies have got together under the one sign, and with the backing of the town run from just one place on Quai Ganteaume,with the same brochure and same prices. There are 4 different tours ranging from 45 mins to 2 1/2 hours which includes the whole set, right to the front doors of Marseille at Sormiou. Neither Marseille or Cassis offer the whole works, although admittedly the couple that are attached to La Ciotat wouldn't be worth their while.
    We took the no 4 (2 1/2 hours) on a very blustery, windy day, not the best for keeping cameras dry, but the sky was nice and blue, so ? If you have a choice wait until you get up in the morning and look out at the weather before choosing. Tickets can be bought on the day. We had a very bumpy ride, interspersed with calmer moments when the boat takes you up the calanques, which are a type of narrow fjord. Although you can be under a canopy the photo-ops are not good, so it is essential to be out in the open air (better for not being sick too, if you don't have seamens legs. It was a great couple of hours though, in spite of the rough water and i thoroughly recommend it.

    For adults prices range from 17€ for the short tour up to 29€ for the long one. Children between 4 and 12 get 5€ off from the adult price. As we were staying at "Les Lavandes", we were given a brochure that gave us 10% off so we paid 26€ each. I'm certain that other hotels in town will do the same.

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    by pfsmalo Written Dec 29, 2013

    The boat trip to the "Calanques" takes around 2 1/2 hours and leaves at 10h30, so we were quite peckish the time we got back to port. Fortunately all along the quayside there are all types of restos. This one was showing a midday set menu at 10€ for Mussels/Fries, followed by an ice cream and a coffee. For a menu at this price I was surprised at the amount of mussels we got and also the quality. Certainly not a tourist rip-off resto. Not great cuisine but good. If you don't want the Mussels/Fries option the resto also does a Moroccan cous-cous or a tadjine.

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    by pfsmalo Updated Dec 29, 2013

    A reasonably priced menu grabbed our attention as we were walking past this resto, unfortunately on its day of closing (Monday and also Sunday evening) so popped in the next lunchtime to reserve, better to do so as it only has a few tables. The menu at 22€ gives a 3 course meal so a starter with some "foie gras", main plate scallops done in a white wine sauce, and a "moelleux" to finish. Succulent !!!!!

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  • by Idlehands Written May 30, 2008

    Located on La Place Emile Zola, elevated from street level, La Sardine is 70% al fresco and a great place to stop for lunch. True to its name, almost everything on the menu involves Sardines (the large local variety) in some way. The food was very well presented and a lunch deal including a large glass of wine made it very reasonable. Located close to the water but with pleasant shade from the trees, the ambience is wonderful and the service remarkably friendly and helpful. Some staff have reasonable English and the others do their best without it. The little laneways around this part of La Ciotat are also a charming place to walk off your lunch.

    Favorite Dish: A sampler dish offered Sardines in 8 different styles from Sushi to Indian, all delicious. If you think Sardines are boring you're in for a surprise.

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