4h00 - 55 euros* (arrêt 1 heure)
Ile Saint-Honorat - Calanques de L'Estérel
Saint Honorat island and creeks of the esterel
Discover the Var coast differently with the Sea You Sun sea trips!
Opt for this visit from the port of Santa Lucia in Saint-Raphaël, embark aboard L'Angelis for our trip to the archipelago of the Lérins islands located in the bay of Cannes, on the way back, discover the creeks of the massif of the Esterel. In a small group aboard a comfortable 12-passenger boat , you will enjoy sumptuous landscapes during this trip punctuated by comments from your captain.
Set sail for the Ile Saint-Honorat in music, the Mecca of the Bay of Cannes.
- Ile Saint Honorat: departure 9 am - return 1 pm Thursday morning. Free visit of the island.
This island is the smallest, it is covered with a forest of Aleppo pines, umbrella pines, eucalyptus and cypress trees. It extends over 1.5 km long and 400 meters wide.
Marvel at its turquoise blue coves and enjoy this moment of relaxation further away from the bay of Cannes. Saint Honorat Island has had a monastic vocation since 410. There is the monastery of Lérins. To this day the island is occupied by about twenty monks , who cultivate vines and raise wine , as well as lavender, orange trees, vegetables, they harvest honey and make a liqueur based on aromatic plants called the Lerina.
At the end of the 4th century, Saint-Honorat settled on this island. Legend has it that from that moment the island was purged of all its snakes by a tidal wave. His fame growing, the disciples came running, and the saint founded the monastery which placed it among the most illustrious of Christendom. Moreover, certain pilgrims, as well as the pope visiting Lérins, toured the island barefoot in order to receive indulgences. Confiscated during the revolution, the abbey was closed. It was not until 1859 that the Abbot of Sénanque reestablished Cistercian life.
The visit of the island will bring you to its old fortified monastery which dominates the Mediterranean Sea. This fortress is classified as a historical monument , it was built in 1073 by Abbot Aldebert to protect the monks against invasions from the sea and the Saracen pirates responsible for numerous massacres in the 8th century. From the top, we discover a superb view of the sea and the island! Strategic point for our budding photographers!
A protected and unspoiled territory, this island combines tranquility and a paradisiacal atmosphere. The panorama is incredible!
After about an hour of stopover, take the boat back to the Pointe de l'Aiguille in Théoule-sur-Mer , to walk along the creeks of the Corniche d'Or with its red rocks, the creeks of Anthéor and Barthelemy , the hamlets of Trayas and Agay , the old island , and the Golden island , surmounted by the Cap Roux, the Pic de l'Ours, the Mont Vinaigre, the highest point of the Esterel massif.
If you have had the chance to admire the creeks on the land side, you will appreciate discovering them from a completely different angle on the sea side.
Your boat will come as close as possible to the shore and take you where large boats cannot approach. Close to the coast, you will discover in the red rocks the faults sculpted by erosion, secret coves accessible only by boat.
Refresh yourself under the sun of the Côte d'Azur with a cold drink during an anchorage if the weather allows it, during which you will have the leisure to dive, indulge in snorkeling to discover the seabed in the waters crystal clear Côte d'Or (mask and snorkel will be lent to you). Let your captain choose the wild cove, home to fish, seagrass and perhaps sea caves. You will approach the Ile d'Or from which Hergé was inspired for his famous album "Tintin et L'Ile Noire".
This place is magnificent because of its colors and its biodiversity. Do not hesitate to ask your captain about the surrounding flora and fauna, as well as the geology of the place, he will be happy to answer you.
(The activities offered may vary depending on weather conditions.)