Island of st margarita
St. Marguerite Island has been keeping the secrets of the Iron Mask for over 300 years. Tourists coming here will not be able to solve them, but they will have a unique opportunity to touch the mysterious history of a political prisoner. The walls of the cells of the royal prison are painted by Jean de Haque. This is a peculiar route from camera to camera, telling about this place and resembling the faces of prisoners. The corner of the sea breeze, eucalyptus rustle and clean air will conquer with its beauty everyone who sets foot on its shore. An 8 km walk trail provides picnic stops and leisurely contemplation of the surrounding landscape. International diving center is designed to help all lovers of underwater extreme sports. Diving into the clear coastal waters will be a journey into a sea tale. For fans of a ride on the waves of the Mediterranean, a sailing club has been created. Architectural monuments will be interesting to all lovers of antiquity. Fort Royal of the 18th century housed the Museum of the Sea. It houses a unique collection of archaeological finds, formidable fortifications and cannons. The Botanical Trail will lead you through the most unique nooks and crannies of the island. And the “underwater trail” will introduce St. Marguerite to the underwater world. The reserve with an ecosystem untouched by civilization is rich in rare representatives of flora and fauna. Only the loud chirping of cicadas violates the quiet measured life on St. Margaret and will not let you forget about the mortal world. A quick way by sea (how to get there) If you are in Cannes, then getting to St. Margarita will be easy. Ferries depart from the central pier of the city every hour. Flights begin from 9 am and continue until 16:30. In summer, the frequency of trips increases. The cost of a visit to the island Year-round transportation from Cannes is carried out daily by sea, and from the port of Golf-Juan / Juan-les-Pins seasonally. For an adult in both directions you will have to pay 13.5 euros, for children 5-10 years old – 9 euros. For tourists under 5 years of age, travel is free. Entrance to the Museum of the Sea and the Fort costs 3.5 euros. Time to rest from civilization (how much time to plan) Especially a lot of time on the island should not be delayed. A visit to the fort, prison, a visit to the maritime museum will take 1-2 hours. You can relax on the beautiful local beaches. And in this case, the time spent on St. Marguerite is extended by another 4-5 hours. You can take time for a picnic in such a wonderful place. If you have more than one day, then linger on the island for a few days. Rest from civilization has not harmed anyone. History of Saint Marguerite in numbers and faces Saint Marguerite is the largest of the four Lerin Islands, 3 km long and 900 meters wide. It is located less than a kilometer from Cannes (the city of the French Riviera). In ancient Rome, the island was called Lero, and it was uninhabited. The Crusaders, having erected the chapel of St. Margaret of Antioch here, give the island a modern name. The second version of the origin of the name of the island is associated with the work of Raymond Fero about the sister of Honorat Aleratsky Marguerite. She led the community of nuns who lived here. When in 1612 the island passes into the possession of Claude de Laurent, Fort Royal is built on it. St. Marguerite was a convenient place to locate a reference point for the merchant and navy. Cardinal Richelieu gives the order for the construction of the fortress wall, which consisted of three bastions. From 1635 to 1637 the island was occupied by the Spaniards. After the French conquered their territory, work continued on strengthening the defensive positions on the island. In the 17th century, the fort began to serve as a state prison. A whole garrison of soldiers lived on the island, which had to be supplied with everything necessary for life, so in the 18th century the number of settlers on it increased. Fort Royal is famous for its prisoners. Among them are the Iron Mask (remember the novel by A. Dumas), the leader of the Algerian rebels, Abd al-Qadir, the inventor of the steamship Klodde Geoffroy d’Abban, Marshal Bazin. The latter, by the way, made a successful escape from the fort, having sat in it for only 11 months out of 20 awarded years. Nobody repeated his feat. The Royal Fort receives the status of a historical monument in 1927. Since 1944, troops are being withdrawn from the island, and it ceases to be a military target. Nowadays, the island has become a popular destination for nature tourism. It is ruled by the French National Council on Forests. The territory of the island is covered with a dense forest of pine, eucalyptus, pine, etc. There is a small fishing village on the island with about 20 buildings. There is a boat station, tourist infrastructure facilities, the Museum of the Sea with exhibits from the wrecks of the Romans and Saracens. The museum also boasts archaeological finds dating back to the 1st century BC. BC. Tourists have access to the inspection of prison cells and Roman tanks. The attraction of the island was the estate “Big Garden” of the owner of the Formula 1 Force India team, the team of the Indian Premier League Royal Challengers Bangalore Vijaya Mally. Since 1993, Saint Marguerite has been included in the Cannes property list.