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The local Boumandariel circular route

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary in Martigues
5.7 km
3h
Very easy
  • This trail will allow you to discover the tremendous diversity of marine and terrestrial vegetation. You too will fall in love with this deluge of colors and scents.

  • The local Boumandariel circular route, 5 km 500 metres in length, covers the southern coastal section of the Martigues commune. It is ideal for discovering the exceptional natural flora and fauna.

    In detail:

    River bed, reed bed and Boumandariel marsh
    Reed beds are relatively simple ecosystems, consisting mainly of a single plant species - the common reed (Phragmites australis) which is a perennial grass. The roots and rhizomes dig down to 80cm in flooded soil or sodden soil. They grow...
    The local Boumandariel circular route, 5 km 500 metres in length, covers the southern coastal section of the Martigues commune. It is ideal for discovering the exceptional natural flora and fauna.

    In detail:

    River bed, reed bed and Boumandariel marsh
    Reed beds are relatively simple ecosystems, consisting mainly of a single plant species - the common reed (Phragmites australis) which is a perennial grass. The roots and rhizomes dig down to 80cm in flooded soil or sodden soil. They grow in a range of different aquatic environments such as shallow marshes, around ponds and on the banks of canals and rivers. Despite having little floral interest, reeds are very important for the conservation of animal species, some of which are completely dependent on this environment.

    As a result of their role as a shelter to fauna, particularly birds and invertebrates, reeds are very precious to the environment. They are considered to be a crucial habitat for the biodiversity, particularly for water birds.

    Species which are vulnerable and rare in Europe such as certain herons, ducks, birds of prey and passerines reproduce in reed beds. They also provide an interface with the aquatic environment for other species seeking protection in wetlands for their perches, such as dormitories for swallows and starlings. Reed beds also play a role in the natural infrastructure: they protect banks from erosion and help to purify the air by absorbing nutriments (phosphates and nitrates), oxygenating and stabilising heavy metals.
  • Difference in height
    58 m
  • This path was impacted by the fire of August 04, 2020, it remains however passable except for these parts:
    - Between Sainte-Croix and the Reds (point 1)
    - Between the reds and the reed bed of Grand Vallat (point 5-6-7)
    Traffic inside the areas destroyed by the fire (excluding highways) remains prohibited until further notice.

    Access condition: Between June 1 and September 30, access to forest areas is regulated by prefectural decree and may be by municipal decree, for your safety and the preservation of sensitive sites. Before you follow your “stroll desires”, call 0811 20 13 13. Each day, you will be able to find out whether the site where you want to walk is free access all day, open only in the morning, or completely closed. Depending on the weather conditions, the “forest fire” danger level (orange-red-black) is known no later than 6 pm for the next day.
  • Plain text period
    All year round.

    Subject to favorable weather.
  • Environment
    • In the country
    • Village 2 km away
    • Close to GR footpath
    • Coastal
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
58 meters of difference in height
  • Maximum altitude : 46 m
  • Total positive elevation : 58 m
  • Total negative elevation : -58 m
  • Max positive elevation : 21 m
  • Min positive elevation : -38 m
Services
  • Equipment
    • Car park
    • Free car park
  • Services
    • Pets welcome
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