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Etang de Fontmerle

Pond in Mougins

  • The Poud (Etang Fontmerle), located on the edge of the Valmasque departmental park, is a remarkable and rare site with a 5 hectare environment.

  • It is a pond in its natural state that houses an astonishing collection of lotuses, established in the 1960s by its former owner, Mr. Gridaine, and which has since been the largest Lotus colony in Europe.
    These sublime species bloom from July to mid-September with blooming flowers 25 centimeters in diameter and leaves up to 1 meter. Bald Cypress trees, which line the body of water are native to Florida and develop roots out of the ground called Pneumatophores.

    This pond is also...
    It is a pond in its natural state that houses an astonishing collection of lotuses, established in the 1960s by its former owner, Mr. Gridaine, and which has since been the largest Lotus colony in Europe.
    These sublime species bloom from July to mid-September with blooming flowers 25 centimeters in diameter and leaves up to 1 meter. Bald Cypress trees, which line the body of water are native to Florida and develop roots out of the ground called Pneumatophores.

    This pond is also remarkable for its richness in birds, more than 70 species are recorded there, some stay there all year, others come to winter.

    The pond is part of the Valmasque departmental park and can be visited freely all year round.

    This pond is dominated by a hill where "Le Manoir de l'Etang" stands. Converted into a hotel, this building has a history: after the Second World War, Maurice Gridaine, cinema architect to whom we owe the first Palais des Festivals in Cannes, fell in love with the ruined manor.

    In 1949, Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais came to the scene: the project, dear to Marcel Pagnol, of creating a city of cinema was revived. However in Italy, Cineccita is born and doomed it to oblivion.
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