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.
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  • The Mugel Park is certainly not very large but it is well maintained, and diverse people who do not necessarily wish to walk long or with a strong slope can easily access the first point of view just above the sea, and against the bottom of the Eagle's beak. The colors of the water and cliffs in pudding are extra. For those who want that legs "sting" a bit, really need to go up to the belvedere, it overlooks the sea at a height of more than 80 meters, the cliff is just nearby, and we saw on starts them the Mediterranean... Simply superb.
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  • We managed to have a picnic in the Park of mugel. There is not a lot of table (8 or 9) to eat. The Park is super nice, very beautiful and very well maintained. The plus is the creeks around the beautiful park view. And if you feel, you can climb the steps to go and admire the view from the gazebo located in the Park.
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  • This was a great ballad! points of view. For me, this park is part of the must to do when it comes to la Ciotat. To reach certain points of view, it is better to be in good physical condition.
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  • Nice park with many endless possibilities to go for a swim. Suitable for all ages. The shore is quite rocky so bring some shoes for swimming.
  • Nice park area but what is really great is the access to the Mugel cliffs and the belvedere view point.
  • A walk and a great view.
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  • Beautiful vegetation, characteristic southern railways and accessible, belvedere with magnificent view.
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  • Cactus 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 away
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