Plage 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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  • Mugel is divided into 2 beaches, the bottom is pebbly. The front has few places and a "restaurant". An islet in 5 m from the beach (on a walk to get there) because the joy of children. By this beach, you can reach the lovely Park of Mugel, very well maintained, or found the southern species, a playground for children, and also of the tables and benches for a picnic in shady places. Which is nice especially with children in the summer. Can be, in the Park, for athletes, the countless steps leading to a beautiful point of view, the great belvédaire. A small bench carved into the stone to rest. An exceptional observation post against pirates and other invaders. Grandmas and Grandpa abstain if not in form, young children also, unless you have the shape to wear the 2nd Beach is more wild and slightly less crowded. For lovers, you can venture into the caves under the "dry 3" while swimming. The beaches are pretty fast deep. The view on the Green Island is beautiful they are an idyllic place for lovers of Pirate of the Caribbean, even with children.
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  • If the Page of Mugel will be invaded by the great tourism, its charm will disappear. So we have a duty to discouraged the visit :)
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  • Disappointed with our getaway to the beach of mugel. The Park was closed for work, the beaches are dirty, full of tags, which breaks all the charm of the place. To avoid.
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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.
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  • Nice park area but what is really great is the access to the Mugel cliffs and the belvedere view point.
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  • The Mugel Park is a botanical garden located in La Ciotat, in France. Sheltered from spray by the Eagle's beak and bathed by the Mediterranean, it has a climate that allowed to create an original Park, gardens and wild spaces, where the Ciotadens, as a tourists, love strolling together. His whereabouts tree, his bamboo, as the point of view of the belvedere are the pride of the inhabitants of this small town of the Riviera.
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