Just a few minutes by boat from Cannes, l'île Sainte-Marguerite is an exceptional island where nature, culture and relaxation join in total harmony. Barely disembarked, you will be captured by scents of pine and eucalyptus, by the sheer fullness of this place and its multiple attractions.
The best way to discover its real nature is undoubtedly by following the sign-posted paths which lead you to botanic and historic discoveries.
You can walk from the Batéguier pond amongst numerous migratory bird species to the Pointe de la Convention where you can find a variety of essential oils. Continue on to the Fort Royal, the former residence of the Masque de Fer (the man in the iron mask), allowing you to appreciate the strategic role played by the island. The Musée de la mer (the Marine Museum) is not to be missed; sheltered within a fortified enclosure, it offers visitors an insight into the area's history.
For lovers of pure relaxation l'île Sainte-Marguerite really is unmissable.
You can choose from restaurants, snacks and numerous picnic areas and enjoy this haven of peace undisturbed, with unique creeks and clear blue water.
Discover the famous prisons where the Man in the Iron Mask was held captive during the time of Louis XIV. The painter Jean Le Gac suggests a cell by cell route evoking the memory of places and men.
In Roman cisterns, the museum presents archaeological objects of the area. Excavations of the island and underwater excavations of the surrounding areas have bestowed to the museum relics of 1st century murals, remains of the contents of a roman shipwreck from 1BC and those of a Saracen wreck from the 10th century.
From the museum terrace an exceptional panoramic view opens up to you, from the Southern Alps to the Cape of Antibes and to Esterel.
During the Thirty Years War, the Spanish occupied the island and built the fort from 1635 to 1637. After the Spanish were defeated, the French army completed the area's fortification. A prison was added to its military function in 1637 which lasted until the XX century. Listed as a Historical Monument in 1927, the fort lost its military value by a downgrading in 1944. It was acquired by Cannes in 1995.
Today, the fort welcomes visitors onto its battlement, in its museum and young groups in barracks for sports, heritage and ecological trips. Guided tours of Fort Royal from June to September.
• 170 ha, of which 152 ha is state forest;
• 3200 m in length; 900 m in width;
• about twenty kilometers of paths and logging roads;
• 8 kilometers for touring the island.