Calanque and Parc du Mugel

Presentation

The Calanque du Mugel is a natural site sheltered by the rocky outcrop of the Bec de l'Aigle.

The calanque or rocky inlet is a geological fortress built in the torrents of the secondary era. Over the millennia, the pebbles have formed a reddish conglomerate, La Ciotat's characteristic puddingstone.

The calanque is home to a botanical park, Le Parc du Mugel, which invites visitors to discover many regional plants as they stroll, some of them very rare. It presents dense vegetation of many species: evergreen oak, chestnut, bay laurel, cork oak, carob, laurustinus, Aleppo pine, stone pine, maritime pine, clusters of bamboo, aromatic and medicinal plants, wild flowers and a collection of citrus trees and rose bushes.

The pools of water fed by a rainwater tank in the rock and plants such as reeds contribute a fresh atmosphere to certain parts of the park.

A steep path gives access to a viewpoint looking out on to the immensity of the sea.

A picnic area and children's playground are provided to add to the visit's attractions.

 

Information

The calanque is open all year.

The Parc du Mugel is open to the public free of charge between 1 April and 30 September from 8 am to 8 pm and between 1 October and 31 March from 9 am to 6 pm.

It may be closed depending on the weather. It is subject to local forest protection orders.