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The coastal mini-cruises are magical boat trips, mainly from the Bay of Cannes to the Corniche d’Or, but also towards the Cape of Nice and the Bay of Villefranche.
The Corniche d’Or and Cape of Nice: greenery and sparkling colours
The Corniche d'Or is the name given to the scenic 40 km section of the D559 / D6098 road from Frejus to La Napoule, between the Esterel Mountains and the sea. It joins the National Route 7 at Mandelieu.
The Esterel Mountains are a low altitude crystalline massif, situated in Provence, near Cannes, between the departments of the Var and Alpes-Maritimes, in the south-east of France.
Cape of Nice
The Cape of Nice is at the foot of Mont Boron, separating the town of Villefranche-sur-Mer and its bay from the town of Nice and its port. With a surface of 57 hectares surface, the forested hill of Mont Boron is the principal park in the eastern part of Nice. It is famous for its numerous panoramas towards the town, as well as towards the Bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Cap Ferrat.
The coastal excursions take you to exceptional destinations such as the Principality of Monaco, the Iles de Lérins and Saint Tropez: you can relax and enjoy these magic places, moving at your own speed.
Sainte Marguerite Island
Sainte-Marguerite Island is the largest of the Lérins Islands, located opposite Cannes. The island is most famous for its fortress prison (the Fort Royal), in which the so-called ‘Man in the Iron Mask’ was held in the 17th century.
The island is approximately 3km in length (east to west) and 900m across.
The island has beautiful eucalyptus trees, some of the oldest in Europe, and pine trees. Most of the island is covered by national forest reserve, and is the second most visited forest in France.
- 170 ha, of which 152 ha is fores reserve
- 3200 m long, 900 m wide
- Around 20 km of avenues and forest paths
- 8 km around the island
- Restaurant "L'Escale" - Tel: 04 93 43 49 25
- Restaurant "La Guérite" - Tel: 04 93 43 49 30 / 06 17 74 54 94 - www.laguerite.fr
- 2 fast-food kiosks (Kiosque "Chaude" & Kiosque "Ninou")
- Fort Royal (groups only) - Tel: 04 92 99 84 22
Activities on the Island
- Cannes Jeunesse – Tel: 04 92 18 88 88 - email@example.com - www.cannes-jeunesse.fr
- Fort Royal – Guided visits June - September
- Musée de la mer - Fort Royal – Tel: 04 93 38 55 26
- ONF (Office National des Forêts) guided tours – Tel: 04 93 43 49 24 - www.onf.fr
St. Honorat Island
It is the smaller island, further away from the coast. With a length of 1,500m and a width of 400m, it has a low coastline, less sheltered than St Marguerite Island, from which it is separated by a small channel called the ‘Plateau du Milieu’. It has maritime pines and superb umbrella pines. The island has always had a monastic vocation. Since the fifth century, it has been home to a community of monks, who live and work in the Monastère de Lérins, a fortified monastery located in the peninsular at the southern end of the island, visible from afar, and dominating the sea.
- Restaurant Snack "La Tonnelle" – Tel: 04 92 99 18 07 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.tonnelle-abbayedelerins.com
- Hotel: Tel: 04 92 99 54 20 - email@example.com
- Boutique: Tel: 04 92 99 54 30 - firstname.lastname@example.org - email@example.com
- Sale of wines/liqueurs: Tel: 04 92 99 54 10 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Monaco and St Tropez: calm, luxurious and voluptuous
Independent since 1297, this constitutional monarchy has been led since 2005 by the sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco. Today Monaco occupies an area of 2km2, which means that it is the second smallest independent country in the world, after the Vatican. At the time of the 2000 census Monaco had 32,020 inhabitants. With 15,851 inhabitants/km2, it is the most densely populated country in the world. The Grimaldi dynasty is one of the oldest in the world, ruling since 1297
From a 15th century citadelle to fishing village at the beginning of the 20th century, St. Tropez was the first town liberated during the Allied beach landings in Provence during World War II. From the 1050s St. Tropez became an internationally-known beach resort, thanks to the enthusiasm of the Nouvelle Vague artists, then of the Yéyés. Today it is vacation destination for the European and American jet set, as well as for tourists searching for celebrities or ‘provencale’ authenticity.
Evening walks and events
Come admire the fantastic views, the most beautiful fireworks from the sea, as well as not to be missed events, such as the Monaco Grand Prix or the Royal Regattas.
Consult the Port Calendar to find out about coming events.
Evening sea excursions, dedicated to fireworks, normally occur on 14th, 21st and 29th July, as well as 7th, 15th and 24th August, on the occasion of the major French Riviera events. These dates are not exhaustive and are subject to change. We invite you to contact the separate boat trip operators for more information.
Cetaceans and underwater viewing
Discover the cetaceans of the Mediterranean, accompanied by a naturalist guide, who will inform you about the customs, the games and the physical characteristics of these fascinating animals. View underwater splendours through the glass panels of the boats.
The cetaceans are descended from a terrestrial animal. The body is smooth and fusiform, facilitating movement through water. The tail fin, called “fluke”, is very powerful and is horizontal, as opposed to those of fish. It provides propulsion whilst the lateral fins provide balance and maintain direction. The dorsal fin is for stabilisation, like the keel of a boat. Like other mammals, the cetaceans have lungs and must regularly come to the surface to breathe.