Nature walk at Cap Garonne with Vincent Blondel
Parking du Pas des gardéens
83220 Le Pradet
This walk will allow you to discover the specific geology of the Cap Garonne and the flora linked to this singular environment. A real dive in time, punctuated by a reading of grandiose landscapes.
The massif you're about to explore has two distinctive geological layers. One dates from the end of the primary era, the other from the beginning of the secondary era.
You'll learn about the history of the mine by looking at the various outdoor features that bear witness to its operation. Magnifying glasses will enable you to observe the rocks in detail, and in particular the highly original minerals that have enabled the Cap Garonne mine to be ranked 5th in the world in terms of the number of mineral species. No fewer than 130 have been identified on the site.
This mineral environment has also given rise to a number of special plant species, such as the Pradet armérie and Mattiazzi's simaethis, both rare plants in Provence.
This instructive tour follows a circuit around the mine, starting at the Pas des Gardéens and leading to the old galleries. Further on, you can admire the splendid panorama of the Giens peninsula and Toulon harbour. An overview of the forest cover affected by the Colle Noire fire in 2005 will give you an idea of how vegetation adapts to fire.
Adults and children (7-12 years)
Schoolchildren (CM1 to terminale).
For groups only. Contact Vincent Blondel directly to schedule your outing.
Period: All year round
Level: Easy hiking
Equipment: Closed shoes, water and sun protection. Camera.
Documentation and observation tools available
Languages: English, French
230 € for a group (25 people maximum)