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.
In 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 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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  • Park to visit urgently. Sublime setting, lush vegetation, flowers everywhere, a panorama of the sublime sea. You have to go up to the belvedere, take your courage with both hands but the view from above is worth it.
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  • Very nice park. The climb to the lookout is difficult but the view at the top is to cut the supple and it deserves the beef. Be careful with children plan the time to land from time to time and this is to avoid if it has rained as it can be slippery. Finally the entrance to the park is not favile to find because badly indicated. Coming out of the tour plan the swimsuits to go dive in the coves that find next door
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  • We stopped here for a few hours. It offers both sea access and a couple of very short hikes (20mins). The water was one of the clearest I’ve seen on this coast, so people were snorkelling around. Unfortunately, the beaches have no sand. Definitely recommend for a chill afternoon.
  • Water, rocks. Beautiful. Too many people on the beach but all you need to do is to find spotnon the rocks and its just amazing
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