Parc du Mugel, La Ciotat (Bouches-du-Rhone)
Parc du Mugel is a city garden located in La Ciotat, Bouches-du-Rhone, right in the coast between Toulon and Marseille. The French Ministry of Culture considers it as one of the Remarkable Gardens of France.
In 1805, the said park was launched as a three-part area, but this was merged in 1870. The park was then bought by coal trader Louis Fouquet in 1923, and he transformed it to a tropical garden. It was in 1947 that both the house and the park became a property of the Bonzo family after they bought it. However, the family sold 13 hectares of the land in 1952 to La Ciotat's government. La Ciotat eventually purchased the entire property, and opened the establishment to the public a couple of years later.
The park covers 12 hectares. The place is located near a giant rock called 'the eagle's beak' (Le Bec d'Aigle), and it has an altitude of 155 metres. This prevents it from being hot during winters as well as being cold during summers.
The park gets water from various small stations. These water stations function by using the rainwater falling from the rocks.
Also, this garden is home to 30 palm tree species. Bougainvilleas, bamboos, mimosas, and banana trees also abound in the area. This is totally a tropical haven. A part of the garden houses aromatic herbs, and it also has a lavender garden.