Walking in the garrigue above Calanque de Sugiton
During this walk on a balcony trail in the Massif des Calanques, besides the common plants and shrubs that grow among Provence’s garrigues, you see a lot the following ones : Italian buckthorn, Narrow-leaved scorpion vetch, spiny broom, Etruscan honeysuckle. And the presence of many screes and steep slopes explain why the Mediterranean scrubland here is less dense than most types of other garrigues. That may allow you to catch sight of Arenaria provincialis, an endemic plant occuring only in the limestone hills around Marseille. Later, on a rocky platform, high above Calanque de Sugiton, your local guide tells you about another type of garrigue that can be seen 100m below, much closer to the sea-spray. Down there, kermes oak is absent and rosemary much shorter. And different plants grow on the seaside, such as curry plant, Mediterranean beach daisy and Astragalus Tragacantha. The last one is a rare endangered species that can be seen very close to the sea.
Walking time : 2.5 hours (total : 3.5 hrs)
Rating : moderate (rugged terrain)
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/15 & 9/15 – 12/31