Bridgwater’s first twin town was a French one. Like many other English towns. However, in 1957, while every other town in Somerset simply popped across the English Channel to twin with a town in Normandy, the worthies of Bridgwater ventured a lot further south and chose a small Mediterranean seaside town with a large dockyard. Admittedly, not too similar to home. However, it proved to be an inspired choice as La Ciotat
is one of the most charming locations on the cote D'Azur and within easy reach of Nice
Hot summers with shoulder months cooled by the mistral wind, La Ciotat is pretty much a paradise with its exotic location and Mediterranean climate combining with French cuisine, wine, le vrai pastis de Marseille and quayside bars and clubs offering nightlife for the rich and famous at affordable prices.
Nearby is the attractive village of Cassis and further along the coast you can even drop into the in dependent city state of Monaco for the day and then pop into Italy. To the north are the French Alpine ski resorts and to the west the Camargue region that tops off a relaxing visit to Provence.
The Bridgwater La Ciotat link
was signed on 23.6.1957 and in 2014 Bridgwater International was invited to run it. In recent years we have been involved in taking a choir and a football team to La Ciotat, and our plans for the future include establishing educational links through Bridgwater College and maintaining and strengthening the civic link.