Parks and gardens

The metropolitan area's parks and gardens, ideal places to relax and to meet people, offer a year-round choice of walks to suit every mood – contemplative, cultural, atmospheric – and the TPM has published a special brochure dedicated to them and available on line.

The new brochure contains a comprehensive list of all the metropolitan area's parks and gardens, including garden walks and a guide to the plants to be found. Forty sites in the twelve communes are featured, arranged by theme: history, botany, contemporary, fun, coastal or romantic. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of these oases of greenery around our communes.

The curious visitor will find the brochure a source of useful and sometimes unexpected information, such as the origins of the "Pins penchés" (leaning pines) park in Carqueiranne, which owes its name to the natural phenomenon known as "anemomorphism" (change of shape caused by the wind); the pine trees in the park all lean towards the sea, indicating the direction of one of the region's prevailing winds, the mistral.

There is everything you could possibly want to know in the guide. In addition to practical information (opening hours, access for people with reduced mobility, etc.), the brochure also features a calendar of events held in the parks and gardens throughout the year (plant fairs, floral parades, garden get-togethers, etc.), numerous illustrations to help you identify trees and plants and a glossary of plants.    

Plants and flowers thrive in this mild climate and endless sunlight, bringing their beauty into the centre of our towns and cities.