5 sites, and the same urge: to discover and explore the seabed
Marseille : Cosquer Méditerranée
Start your itinerary with a stop in Marseille. Not far from the famous Vieux-Port, near the majestic Mucem, the Villa Méditerranée has become an archaeological interpretation centre. Discover the replica of the Grotte Cosquer, a major site of cave art in this modern-looking building.
Underwater activities in the vicinity: Go for a flipper, google and snorkel dive at Le Frioul or dive with one of the many diving centres in Marseille to discover the Le Riou archipelago and L’ile du Planier.
La Seyne sur Mer : Fort Balaguier
For the second stage, stop off in La Seyne-sur-Mer. Take the Corniche Bonaparte which goes along the bay: it will take you straight to Fort Balaguier where you’ll be able to discover the history of diving and the French Navy. You’ll love the military structure facing the sea.
Underwater activities in the vicinity: remarkable diving sites such as the La Verne submarine trail or the wreck of the Arroyo. And the lovely walk along the Promenade de Tamaris will be an added bonus!
Hyères-les-Palmiers : Fort du Pradeau
Leave Hyères behind and head for the Presqu’île de Giens. From the Salins des Pesquiers, through Capte, drive straight on until you reach the jetty for the Iles d’Or. Park the car, and you’ll see the Fort du Pradeau, better known as La Tour Fondue, proudly standing on the edge of the clear water. Managed by the Port-Cros National Park, it’s a wealth of natural and cultural heritage!
Underwater activities in the vicinity: Set off snorkelling style on the 3 submarine trails in Hyères – Olbia, la Tour Fondue, Pointe du Bouver – or put on your wetsuit and go on a dive to discover the wrecks of the Donator and the Grec (Sagona).
La Londe les Maures : Aiming and subaquatic centre
Coming through Londe-les-Maures? Stop off at the Pôle nautique to discover how subaquatic tourism works in the Région Sud. This building in the shape of a boat is the former harbourmaster’s house which now houses an interactive museum on the submarine world.
Underwater activities in the vicinity: At Plage de l’Argentière go on a dive to discover a widely diverse submarine ecosystem as you follow the numbered buoys! Or take a seat in a club boat which will take you off to dive just opposite the Iles d’Or
Nice : Watersports centre
To finish – or start your itinerary nicely, head for the Côte d’Azur. After a wander around the Vieux Nice – try a piece of socca – it’s off to the Centre Nautique in Nice. In this building by the water, you’ll learn more about the seabed and the importance of protecting it and more! It’s a good opportunity to find out more about submarine archaeology.
Underwater activities in the vicinity: Discover skin diving on the Nicois diving sites such as the Grotte à Corail or the Tombant des Américains and why not visit the prehistory museum of Terra Amata to combine archaeology on the land and under the sea!