Parc du Mugel, La Ciotat

The Parc du Mugel is a municipal park and botanical garden in the town of La Ciotat, in the French department of Bouches-du-Rhône, on the Mediterranean coast of France between Marseille and Toulon. It is listed among the Notable Gardens of France by the French Ministry of Culture.HistoryIn 1805 the park was divided into three properties, which were joined in 1870. In 1923 the land was purchased by Marseille coal merchant Louis Fouquet, who created the tropical garden. In 1941 the one of the buildings on the site was converted into a youth hostel. Among other notable guests was Dr S. Goldschlager and his wife Sala, refugees from Nazi Europe. In 1947 the house and park was bought by the Bonzo family, who sold thirteen hectares in 1952 to the town of La Ciotat. The town eventually bought the entire property, and, in 1982, the park was opened to the public.The siteThe park, twelve hectares in size, is located on the edge of the calanque of La Ciotat, a rocky inlet of the Mediterranean, and has a small beach on the calanque. It is at the foot of a massive rock, Le Bec d'Aigle (Eng: The Eagle's Beak), 155 meters high, which shelters the site from the wind, while the Mediterranean warms it in the winter, and keeps the temperature down in the summer.The Bec d'Aigle is composed of an unusual agglomorate called "Poudingue" ("Pudding"), which is believed to be the remnant of a former continent, the pyreneo-sardo-corse land mass, which once occupied the Mediterranean. The park is watered by several small reservoirs, which capture the rain running off the rock.
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  • A lot to see in and from this park: creeks, cliffs, 2 viewpoints which one reached after 70 m climb, but reward / point of view on arrival. And the site itself is very interesting.
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  • those who have the courage to be up to the belvedere, view breathtaking. The Park is ideal in the summer, freshness assured under the trees, place of zen to have a good time reading on a bench
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  • At the bend of a "random" walk to the creeks of Mugel, we discovered the Park amount 50 m. And what a nice surprise! It is true that the access is not top in the car because you have to walk a little but what a nice surprise to discover this park cut off from everything! Beautiful plants, small cosy trails, and as this walk we discover the path that goes up to the belvedere... decide to try and... Wow! The ascension is not easy, my 10 year old son did but it's February (summer heat must be heavy to bear + the rise) but what a view of crazy! We have not regretted this view from above but secure on the creeks of La Ciotat. ♡
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  • Beautiful views that will remaind in mind forever.
  • Small peddle beach with nice clear water. Not a wave to be seen. The insects make a lot of noise, if you walk past them. But if you are swimming it won't bother you. Because of the high temperatures, drought and harsh winds, some areas can be closed. But here you can find two tiny calanque-beaches to dive in.
  • Nicer to walk then to drive around.
  • Worth a visit. A nice place to go for a swim, a hike and just to chill. Acces to the water through pebble beaches and rocks
  • The park was closed due to high winds. We still swam at the little beaches just down from the park which were very nice rock beaches and amazing blue water.
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