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Getaway: a day on Sainte-Marguerite Island!

In Cannes, just 15 minutes by boat from the famous La Croisette, Sainte-Marguerite Island is a wild beauty where nature, culture and relaxation meet. A little corner of paradise, it is nicknamed “the forest on the water” by those from Cannes because of its 170 hectares of forest. The flora and fauna here are perfectly protected. A guaranteed change of scenery in the heart of the Côte d’Azur: head for the Lérins islands.

Sainte-Maguerite Island: Stroll between the eucalyptus and stone pines!

You will be enveloped with fulfilment on your arrival on Sainte-Marguerite Island when you see the majestic alleys of eucalyptus, Aleppo pines, stone pines, maritime pines, and cypress trees.

The signposted trails allow for crossing the island from end to end, offering a botanical and historical exploration of this privileged natural site.

You will be captivated by the cool and scent of the stone pines.

At the north-east of Sainte-Marguerite Island, the walk leads to the Batterie de la Convention, a military building erected by General Bonaparte.

The cannonball ovens found here are listed historic monuments.

Batéguier Lake, a haven of biodiversity!

During your day on Sainte-Marguerite Island, don’t miss a quick stop at Batéguier lake.

This is an ornithological reservation sheltering several varieties of birds and plants.

From the observatory, watch the Common terns, the Yellow-legged gulls and the Grey herons gambol on the central islet.

The Black-winged stilts and Grey plovers in their mating plumage also make up the decor.

As for the Common nightingales, they will regale you with the varied repertoire of their song.

Binoculars are advised for admiring the beauty of this Mediterranean flora!

SAINTE-MAGUERITE ISLAND: Plunge into history at Fort Royal!

Built by Richelieu, the Fort Royal is a historic monument that watches over the comings and goings of the boats.

A real jewel of a site, its fame results from having become a State prison and housing the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask, whose identity remains a mystery as of this day.

Now converted into a maritime museum, the building houses a collection of underwater archaeological objects and offers you the chance to visit the old cells.

There are stories to be discovered, which will enchant both young and old!

Outdoor activities for those who love wide open spaces.

The sporty who want to spend some time in the water will be delighted by the activities offered by Cannes Jeunesse, such as kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing or sailing on a catamaran!

What could be more satisfying than swimming in the clear water looking at the biodiversity of the Mediterranean seabeds?

The six statues by the artist Jason de Caires Taylor form the first underwater ecomuseum in France and the Mediterranean awaits you.

A work of art that attaches specific importance to protecting the environment.

Dive to discover these poetic faces, which pay homage to the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask!