Getting lost in Cape Lardier

RODRIGUEZ, María; Cape Lardier ; 8 March 2015; Cap Lardier, La Croix Valmer; image taken from Robuste magazine: https://robustemagazine.wordpress.com/ DSC_0056

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.RODRIGUEZ, María ; valley of Brouis vegetation, Pinus pinaster ; 8 March 2015 ; Cap Lardier, La Croix Valmer, Var, France ; image taken from Robuste magazine: https://robustemagazine.wordpress.com/

DSC_0035At 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.

DSC_0033To 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.

DSC_0079After a lonCap Lardier 111g 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.

DSC_0144The 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 byDSC_0197 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 RODRIGUEZ, María ; Cistus albidus ; 8 March 2015 ; Cap Lardier, La Croix Valmer, Var, France ; image taken from Robuste magazine: https://robustemagazine.wordpress.com/ 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:

T– tree    S– shrub    P– perennial    D– dune    SC– succulent    Pl– palm

Aegilops neglecta  P Lactuca virosa  p
Agave americana  sc Lavandula stoechas  p
Agrimonia eupatoria  p Lavatera arborea  p
Agropyrum junceum  p/d Lavatera maritima  p
Agrostis capillaris subsp. castellana  p Lavatera punctata  p
Aira cupaniana  p Leontodon hispidus  p
Alcea rosea  p Limonium pseudominutum  p
Allium acutiflorum  p Linaria arvensis  p
Allium chamaemoly  p Linaria repens  p
Ammophila arenaria  p/d Lotus angustissimus  p
Anacyclus radiatus  p Lotus angustissimus sbsp. angustissimus  p
Anchusa italica  p Lotus parviflorus  p
Anthyllis barba-jovis  s Lythrum hyssopifolia  p
Apium nodiflorum  p Malcolmia ramosissima  p/d
Aptenia cordiflora  sc Malva alcea  p
Araujia sericifera  p Matthiola sinuata  p/d
Arbutus unedo t/s Medicago litoralis  p
Arundo donax  p Medicago marina  p/d
Asphodelus cerasiferus  p Medicago orbicularis  p
Atriplex halimus  s Melilotus albus  p
Atriplex littoralis  p/d Melilotus indicus  p
Avena barbata  p Mibora minima  p
Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima  p Myrtus communis  s
Biserrula pelecinus  p Oenathe lachenalii  p
Blackstonia perfoliata  p Ophioglossum lusitanucim  p
Cakiletea maritimae  p Ophrys bombyliflora  p
Calystegia pulchra  p Ophrys holoserica × scolopax  p
Cardaria draba  p Opuntia stricta  sc
Carex halleriana  p Orchis champagneuxii  p
Carthamus lanatus  p Orchis laxiflora subsp. laxiflora  p
Centaurea cyanus  p Origanum vulgare subsp. viridulum  p
Centaurium spicatum  p Ormenis mixta  p
Centranthus ruber  p Pancratium maritimum  p
Chaetonychia cymosa  p Panicum repens  p
Chamaerops humillis  pl Petrorhagia prolifera  p
Chenopodium ambrosioides  p Picris echioides  p
Chenopodium polyspermun  p Picris hieracioides  p
Chenopodium urbicum  p Pimpinella peregrina  p
Cistus monspeliensis  s Pinus halepensis t
Cistus salviifolius  s Pinus pinaster t
Coronopus didymus  p Pinus pinea t
Corrigiola littoralis  p Piptatherum miliaceum  p
Corrigiola telephiifolia  p Pistachia lentiscus  s
Corynephorus divaricatus  p/d Plantago bellardii  p
Cotula australis  p Plantago lagopus  p
Crepis sancta  p Plantago major  p
Crepis vesicaria  p Poa trivialis  p
Crithmum maritimum  p/d Polypogon maritimus subsp. maritimus  p
Cyperus eragrostis  p Prunus avium t
Cyperus longus subsp. badius  p Pyracantha coccinea  s
Dactylis glomerata subsp. hispanica  p Quercus ilex t
Daphne gnidium  s Quercus pubescens t
Datura stramonium  p Quercus suber t
Dianthus sylvestris  (D. s. subsp. siculus)  p Radiola linoides p
Echinophora spinosa  p/d Ranunculus parviflorus  p
Elytrigia atherica  p/d Rapistrum rugosum  p
Elytrigia elongata  p/d Romulea columnae  p
Elytrigia juncea  p/d Rostraria cristata  p
Erodium malacoides  p Rubus canescens  s
Eryngium maritimum  p Rubus sanctus  s
Rubus ulmifolius  s
Eupatorium cannabinum  p Sagina apetala subsp. erecta  p
Euphorbia dendroides  p Salsola kali  p/d
Euphorbia lathyris  p Satureja hortensis  p
Euphorbia linifolia  p Scirpoides romanus  p
Euphorbia maculata  p Scolymus hispanicus  p
Euphorbia paralias  p/d Senecio vulgaris  p
Euphorbia peplus  p Serapias neglecta  p
Sideritis romana  p
Filago vulgaris  p Silene nicaensis  p/d
Galium divaricatum  p Sisymbrium officinale  p
Galium lucidum  p Sorghum halepense  p
Galium murale  p Spartina versicolor  p/d
Galium obliquum  p Spergularia media  p/d
Galium setaceum  p Stachys annua  p
Galium verrucosum  p Stipa bromoides  p
Gaudinia fragilis  p Symphytum tuberosum subsp. tuberosum  p
Genista linifolia  s Tamarix africana t
Geranium dissectum  p Tanacetum vulgare  p
Geranium molle  p Thymlaea hirsuta  s
Glaucium flavum  p/d Tolpis virgata  p
Halocnemum strobilaceum= Salicornia strobilaceum  p/d Trifolium bocconei  p
Hedypnois rhagadioloides  p Trifolium cherleri  p
Helichrysum stoechas  p Trifolium fragiferum  p
Hyparrhenia hirta  p Trifolium repens  p
Hypericum australe  p Trifolium resupinatum  p
Hypericum humifusum  p Trifolium stellatum  p
Hypericum perfoliatum  p Trifolium strictum  p
Hypochaeris glabra  p Trifolium tomentosum  p
Hypochaeris radicata  p Tripodion tetraphyllum  p
Ilex aquifolium  s Trofolium ligusticum  p
Inula conyza  p Ulmus minor t
Ipomoea purpurea  p Valerianella muricata p
Isoetes duriei  p Verbascum blattaria  p
Isoetes histris  p Verbascum boerhavii  p
Jacobaea maritima = Senecio bicolor  p Veronica arvensis  p
Juncus acutus  p Vicia benghalensis  p
Juncus effussus  p Vitex agnus-castus t
Juncus gerardi  p Vulpia fasciculata  p/d
Kickxia communata  p Xanthium italicum  p
Knautia integrifolia  p

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Sources of information:

  • Images: mentionnées dans le texte (placez le curseur sur chaque image sans appuyer)
  • Réalisation: María Rodríguez

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