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Parc du Mugel, La Ciotat
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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.Plan your Parc du Mugel visit and explore what else you can see and do in La Ciotat using our La Ciotat trip itinerary planner.
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Un joli parc botanique à l’abri du vent. J'avoue que j'ai eu beaucoup de mal à grimper vers le belvédère..et pour descendre c'est du lourd...A nice Botanical Park out of the wind. I confess that I had a hard climb to the lookout... and down it is heavy...show original
Le parc est grand mais il semble que l'entretien laisse à désirer. Il paraît abandonné dans certains endroits et très agréable dans d'autres ...The Park is great but it seems that the interview leaves to be desired. It seems abandoned in some places and very nice in other...show original
Dommage la sécheresse à fait des dégâts pas très bien entretenu et en chantier sur le haut espérons que la pluie redonne un peut de verdure et nouvelles poussesDrought damage to does not damage starts at the top and very well maintained hope that rain gives back a can of green and new shootsshow original
Nice park area but what is really great is the access to the Mugel cliffs and the belvedere view point.
Christine VoyerQuiet, greenery, exotic vegetation, breathtaking view... ideal for a family with children or lovers output!show original
Fabrice MonseigneCactus and Succulents. Lavender and other local species. Views of coves, Green Island. A children's playground Park, full of panorama and for once it's free. Parking not far awayshow original
Bastide FauvetteA wooded park on the edge of the calanques, a red pudding of rock unique in the world, a lookout at the top of the cliff, a walk later in the magical creeks of Mugel and Figuerolle.show original
Seifried ChristianBeautiful park or we admire la ciotat and cassis berriesshow original
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