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Rock Climbing in La Ciotat: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Discover a scenic French town and conquer its quality cliffs

Resting on the rugged coastline of the Mediterranean Sea in the south of France, the scenic town of La Ciotat is the ideal springboard into the wilderness, where you can discover excellent rock climbing routes. It lies close to Les Calanques, a huge climbing area packed with rocky wonders. Visit any time of the year for pleasant rock climbing conditions.

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FAQs: Rock Climbing in La Ciotat

What should I know about Rock Climbing La Ciotat?

Located in the extreme southeastern Provence-Alpes-Cote-d’Azur is the commune of La Ciotat, approximately 25 kilometers east of Marseille, the capital of the region and second-largest city in France. Its southern shores hold breathtaking views that eventually reach Les Calanques National Park, a scenic rugged park and one of the biggest climbing areas in the whole of France.

Why should I choose La Ciotat for my Rock Climbing adventure?

Quality climbing

The southeast of France offers a huge bundle of climbs that are scattered across the rugged region. There are so many climbing possibilities that you can be climbing for years without ascending the same rocks. Its steep walls, large boulders and soaring cliffs draw rock climbers from across the world who are searching for fresh ascents and rewarding views.

Gateway to Les Calanques

There are exciting chunks of southern France that have formed fine climbing reputations. Chiefly among them is Les Calanques, one of the largest climbing areas in France, and a goldmine for varieties of routes. With traverses over water and ascents on white limestone rocks, welcome to one of France’s golden playgrounds for climbing.

Wealth of culture

Although a modest town of approximately 35,000 people, La Ciotat has influenced and hosted important cultural developments throughout the years. In the early 1900s the town became the birthplace of pétanque, a boules sport played on a bowling green. The town was also the setting for one of the first ever movies, filmed by the Lumiere brothers.

What can I expect from the weather during my Rock Climbing trip in La Ciotat?

The region receives a warm and pleasant climate throughout the year, with cooler temperatures following higher altitudes.

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When is the best time to travel to La Ciotat for Rock Climbing?

Visit any time of the year for pleasant rock climbing conditions.

What people are saying about Rock Climbing | La Ciotat



Maxence was absolutely great! Super friendly and knowledgeable. With very little back and forth he was able to plan a perfect climbing day trip for us, including our first multi-pitch climb (and all of this was actually a backup plan, since the area we were going climbing was closed due to high winds). I look forward to going climbing again in Calanque and would not hesitate to book him again!!



The climb with Robin was amazing. We were a group of 3 and he picked us up at the bus station since we didn't have a car. He took us on the route de Cretes which is beautiful, and then climbed les Calanques. The day was perfect and the view was mesmerizing. At the end, he dropped us off at the city center of Cassis since we luckily had the time to visit it. I would definitely recommend the guide, who watched over us and is friendly, and the route which was so beautiful!



Had a great time with Max climbing at the Calanques. He picked a good route with lots of ambiance, and did a solid job leading me up it.



Max was an AMAZING guide! He was super knowledgeable and was willing to teach us new climbing techniques. Not only did I have fun climbing outdoors, but I learned how to climb better outside. I highly recommend this trip! You won´t be disappointed!



Me and my dad wanted to book a last minute guided rock climb in the Calanques. We came across Maxence through explore-share and he was very kind as he changed his timetable so that he could take us out at short notice. Me and my dad were a little nervous about rock climbing and Maxence very quickly put us at ease. He was friendly and warm and very encouraging when we were on the rocks. He took us to the most beautiful spot where we were the only ones climbing, and we had an amazing view of the Calanques. He took pictures for us and sent them to us afterwards. He also provided us with all the equipment that we needed and found us suitable routes to climb for our levels. We would recommend Maxence to anyone who wants to find a climbing adventure in the Calanques.

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