The Côte d’Azur offers a great getaway for those wishing to spend the day in harmony with the sea and tides and the song of cicadas on the many islands. Take a quick tour of these jewels in the Mediterranean. Here are the islands not to be missed during your stay on the Côte d’Azur!
Iles de Lérins is made up of two islands: Ile Sainte-Marguerite is the largest and the closest.
Iles de Lérins are only twenty minutes from Cannes by boat and yet there is a complete change of scenery. Wild, Sainte-Marguerite, the first of the islands on your trip, will amaze you with its calm atmosphere and diversity. The promise of soothing walks and swimming in the creeks – the feeling of being alone in the world! When you visit the island don’t miss Fort Royal which houses the Musée de la Mer. Did you know? These walls imprisoned the Man in the Iron Mask during the reign of Louis XIV.
Dominated by Lérins Abbey, Ile Saint-Honorat is a real jewel among the Côte d’Azur islands!
A few breaking waves from Sainte-Marguerite, the boat docks on consecrated ground. From its indented coastline, luxuriant vegetation surrounds you in complete silence. Tranquillity! Saint-Honorat is a marvel in the Bay of Cannes, where some fortunate monks live in an architectural gem – their imposing central monastery. It is possible to attend services, go on a retreat, taste and buy the wine or liqueurs produced by the monks.
ILE DE PORT CROS
Among the Côte d’Azur islands, dive into the heart of the largest marine national park in Europe and the Mediterranean!
Between Porquerolles and Ile du Levant in the Gulf of Hyères, Ile de Port Cros may be the smallest of the three Iles d’Or, but is nonetheless very beautiful. “Coeur de Parc” of the national park, this majestic island on the Côte d’Azur hides 5 ancient defensive forts along the colourful marine and coastal paths. A Garden of Eden that will touch you with its intense relationship with nature. Walkers will be captivated by the beauty of the island!
ILE DE PORQUEROLLES
Embark from Presqu’Ile de Giens (Hyères) for the delightful Ile Porquerolles, a 12 km2 terrestrial paradise fringed with turquoise. The abundant nature on the most sumptuous island in the archipelago has so much to offer with its protected fauna and flora… As evidenced by the Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen which will take you on a long journey through this extraordinary biodiversity. Porquerolles will delight families and lovers of diving and cycling.
The island of Porquerolles is, with Port-Cros, “Coeur de Parc” of the National Park
ÎLE DU LEVANT
The last island that makes up the Iles d’Or, you’ll love Ile du Levant and the rebellious beauty of its rocky coves and fragrant scrubland!
In the heart of Port Cros National Park, this island on the Côte d’Azur is protected by its own nature, offering only a small perimeter that is accessible to visitors. The rest of the island being classified as a military zone.
Among the incredible colours of the vegetation, you will enjoy an immersion in harmony with nature. Called Heliopolis, the city of the sun, Ile du Levant is also the cradle of naturism!
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
The Côte d’Azur is aptly named: the clear waters of our beautiful azure blue sea is reflected in the admiring eyes of the whole world when they visit. And if we had to rank them, it would be impossible to separate all these little corners of paradise. So this list of the most beautiful beaches on the Côte d'Azur is just a starting point from which to discover these sublime and unspoilt places from the east to the west of our beautiful coast.
WHERE TO SWIM IN THE RIVER
In summer, the heat hits the Côte d'Azur. The locals have a natural cool solution: take a dip in fresh water rivers on the Côte d'Azur – choose from among the thirty streams, lakes and rivers the destination offers! Places that are also great for seasoned swimmers in the low season... Here is our selection of the 7 most beautiful river bathing sites on the Côte d’Azur.
BREATHE: HEAD TO MERCANTOUR!
Last link in the Southern Alps before they plunge into the Mediterranean, the Mercantour National Park has some of the richest biodiversity of any natural area in France. The Mercantour contains almost 40,000 prehistoric rock engravings spread over 15 km² around Mont-Bego. This group of Bronze Age engravings is listed as a historic monument. Welcome to the Vallée des Merveilles 2,300 meters above sea level!