Ideally situated between Marseille and Toulon, Camping de Ceyreste sits amid a landscape of pine trees and typical Provencal dry stone walls. A great place for sitting back and taking it easy, there’s also plenty to do for the more adventurous including the beach and an infinity-edge pool, mountain biking, archery and a host of walks around the campsite. And when you’ve finished retracing the steps of Marcel Pagnol, food-lovers will love the local village markets full of tasty local fare – a veritable treat for all the senses.
The + points :
The nearby beaches and calanques provençales are ideal for sunbathing
The lovely setting amid pine trees and the chirping of crickets
Chez Franck, on the campsite
Prices from €10
Hostellerie Bérard in La Cadière-d'Azur
Prices from €30 to €90
Bistrot du Port in La Ciotat, Cassis
The medieval village of Castellet (20km) with its art galleries and shops selling Provencal craft and other products. Don’t miss the little aerodrome and the Paul Ricard race track which once hosted the Bol d'Or and Formula 1 Grand Prix races.
Lou Daïri Gastro Walks: easy guided walks suitable for all with tastings of local foods – Monday to Friday throughout the summer.
Marcel Pagnol Theatre Walks: day-long outings which explore the places and landscapes which inspired French author and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol, including the chance to play out scenes from his works. The beautiful scenery of the Pichauris Departmental Park on the north eastern slopes of Mount Garlaban near Allauch.
The magnificent local calanques or steep-sides coastal inlets (Cassis, La Ciotat, Figuerolles and Le Mugel). Boat trips and walking tours available.
The stunning views from the Route des Crêtes ridgeway walk which boasts some of the tallest cliffs in Europe. The fountains of Aix en Provence (50km) where you can follow in the footsteps of artist Paul Cézanne who painted many pictures of Mount Saint Victoire which dominates the landscape to the east of Aix.
From the campsite take a walk along the "Balconies of Ceyreste" with their wonderful views of the Mediterranean towards the GR51 national trail. Explore the markets and local craft and food specialities of La Ciotat and the surrounding area (ceramics, soaps, nativity figures, wine, oils, tapenades, croquants, etc.)
Il était une fois 1720 (Once upon a time in 1720) history festival at the start of June in La Ciotat
Reconstructions of land and sea battles, scenes of everyday life and public jubilation, fire and light shows, parades
Musique en vacances festival, mid-July in La Ciotat
A wide range of concerts including jazz, classical, gospel and traditional music at venues throughout the town
La Ciotat Fair, mid-August
Annual celebration of Provencal traditions. Boat blessing, concert, singing contest, garlic competitions.
Avenue Eugène Julien,
La Ciotat (2km)
La Ciotat (2km)
Bus, Taxi, other...
Nearest bus stop: Ceyreste (800m) Railway station, tourist office: Ciotat (5km)
How to get there and itinerary
From Marseille: take the A50 motorway towards La Ciotat as far as exit 9, then follow signs to Ceyreste.
From Aix en Provence: take the A51 motorway towards Aubagne and Toulon. At the Pont de l'Etoile toll station keep right and follow signs for Aubagne, Cassis and La Ciotat. Leave the motorway at exit 9 and head towards Ceyreste.
From Nice: take the A8, then the A57 motorway towards Hyères, Toulon and Le Luc. Continue on the A50 towards Marseille, Aix en Provence and Aubagne.
"Sun, sea and the sound of crickets – what more could you want for the perfect holiday?"
Manager Camping de Ceyreste