The Mugel park used to be a private property, and it has been rearranged and looked after by the city of la Ciotat. It made it be listed « remarkable garden ».
About 17 hectares in size, the park is naturally sheltered from the mistral and the sea spay by the impressive rock of the bec de l'aigle. As a result, there is a microclimate that allows a big variety of plants to grow. You will see bamboos, cactuses, aromatic plants, cork oaks, sweet chestnuts, and tropical plants like strelitzias.
There are two shingle beaches. The biggest is just before the entrance of the park and has a shower and a restaurant. Above the petit Mugel cove, there is picnic area with tables, benches and a playground.
Along the seaside walk there is an old farmhouse, with the « atelier bleu », an environmental education center to protect the littoral. Further, you will have a nice viewpoint on the Ile verte and the Sec cove, under the sides of the bec de l’aigle. On the opposite side, the path going into the park can lead you to the big viewpoint located 82 meters above the sea. A beach, a picnic area, a natural park and a botanic garden: this park has every thing to make you spend a great family day.
Playground and picnic area
The end of the park
Cliffs seen form the viewpoint
Map of the park
How to get there
- Hours: The Mugel park is open from the 1st of April to the 30th of September from 8am to 8pm, and from the 1st of October to the 31st of March from 9am to 6pm. The park can be closed during the day if the risk of fire is important (see fire risk regulations for "Cap Canaille" zone) These restrictions do not apply to the grand Mugel cove, where the first beach is, because it is out of the park, so you can go anytime
- Parking: There is a parking with fees 200 meters away from the first Mugel beach.