Walking in the garrigue above Calanque de Sugiton
During this walk on a balcony trail, besides the common plants and shrubs that grow among Provence’s garrigues, you will see spurge, Evergreen buckthorn, Mediterranean crownvetch, spiny broom, Etruscan honeysuckle. The presence of many screes and of steep slopes explain why the Mediterranean scrubland here is less dense than most types of other garrigues. That will may allow you to catch sight of Arenaria provincialis, an endemic plant occuring only in the limestone hills around Marseille.
On a rocky platform, high above Calanque de Sugiton, your local guide will tell you about another type of garrigue that can be seen 100 meters below, much closer to the sea-spray, where kermes oak is absent and rosemary shorter and where other plants grow, such as curry plant, Mediterranean beach daisy and Astragalus Tragacantha, 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