An unforgettable maritime adventure

The Côte d’Azur is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, crystal-clear waters and rich cultural heritage. Among the gems of this region are the Îles de Lérins, an archipelago off Cannes, and the Statues Immergées, an underwater art installation near the island of Sainte-Marguerite. For travellers eager to discover, exploring these sites by boat offers an unforgettable experience, combining adventure, history and natural beauty.

The Îles de Lérins, consisting mainly of the islands of Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat, are an unspoilt haven of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the coast. Accessible only by boat, these islands offer a tranquil getaway in a breathtaking natural setting.

  • Rich in history: The Îles de Lérins are steeped in history, dating back to Antiquity. The island of Sainte-Marguerite is best known for its fortress, which served as a prison for the Man in the Iron Mask. On the island of Saint-Honorat, visitors can explore the Cistercian abbey, founded in the 5th century and still inhabited by monks.

 

  • Unspoilt nature: Exploring the Îles de Lérins by boat gives travellers the chance to discover unspoilt landscapes and rich marine life. The crystal-clear waters are ideal for snorkelling, allowing you to observe a variety of colourful fish and posidonia.

 

  • Relaxation and serenity: With their fine sandy beaches and secluded coves, the Îles de Lérins offer the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors can enjoy a lazy day in the sun or stroll along the island’s nature trails.

Exploring submerged statues

Near the island of Sainte-Marguerite is another marvel to be discovered by boat: the Statues Immergées. This underwater art installation, created by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, is a unique experience that fuses art and the environment.

  • Underwater art: The Submerged Statues are environmentally-friendly concrete sculptures designed to encourage the growth of marine life and provide a habitat for sea creatures. These underwater works of art offer a striking vision of the relationship between man and nature.

 

  • Immersive diving: By visiting the Submerged Statues by boat, divers and snorkellers have the chance to explore a fascinating underwater world, where the sculptures blend harmoniously into their aquatic environment. It’s an experience that awakens the senses and invites contemplation.