The Cape Lardier is the southernmost area of the peninsula of Saint Tropez (France). Reservoir of an exceptional flora and fauna, in 1976 the management of the Lardier Cape is confided to the municipality of “La Croix Valmer” and to the Port-Cros National Park, this acquisition has allowed its protection against the urbanization and the conservation of the landscapes. It’s here that we find the pine forest in the “Brouis” valley and some protected beaches with the typical dune flora.
At 4 kilometers from Croix-Valmer is the Gigaro beach which is the entrance door of The Coastal Conservancy and the access to the footpath coastal . All the pathways which lead to the Cape Lardier and to the Cape Taillat sink into the typical and well preserved Mediterranean forest where one can observe the appropriate plant associations of this type of forest. The proper maintenance and care of this Mediterranean environment protects the biodiversity and offers to the visitor a dream landscape.
To begin the hike by the Gigaro beach, the path between this beach and the Cape Taillat is highly varied and offers excellent views of the coast. The path continues towards the Cape Camarat, the extensive fine sand Pampelonne beach of and the peninsula of Saint-Tropez.
The narrow path of the coast rises and comes down along the diverse bays, sometimes on rocks, on beaches and between bushes, whereas you can admire the view of the Bay Cavalaire, farther the Cornice Maures and in the distance the Hyères islands. Once in Cape Lardier you can see by first time the Cape Taillat . The view of the Cape and his beaches with the vegetation surrounding of the Cape Lardier makes it an unforgettable experience.
After a long but beautiful walk during two hours through the scrubland, before arriving to the Cape Taillat, you will find the magnificent Briande beach nested between the Lardier Cape and the Cape Taillat, surrounded of vineyards, the Briande beach is protected by the Coastal Conservancy. This immaculate beach, followed by slaty cliffs, shelters 15 ha of vineyard, where a environmental respectful viticulture is practiced. The light soils of the back-shore carry the vine-stocks, encircled with the Pinus pinea, in terrace on the Lardier Cape , dominating the sea and windswept marine, the old vine-stocks feed on the source rock.
The Cape Taillat is an island which is connected with the continent by a narrow beach. This connection is called “tombolo” which is an offshore bar of sediments connecting two ground areas. The access to this cape, and consequently to the Briande beach, can also be done by the path of the coast since the Point Canadel (30 minutes on foot), situated between the Cape Camarat and the Cape Taillat.
This natural space is signposted and constantly invites you to choose different routes, you can opt for the more coastal walk or for walks that sink in the dense Mediterranean forest where the amateurs of plants can admire the large specimens of Pinus pinea, Quercus suber, Quercus ilex, Arbutus unedo between other species…
Here, men, plants and animals live in harmony thanks to the growing environmental awareness and the impulse of ecotourism. Unfortunately there are others invasive and foreign species that are present in Cape Lardier and his environment and they must be controlled so that they don’t affect the biodiversity:
|Proven invasive species||Species watch carefully / non-native|
These are the species that you can find in this natural protected space:
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