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Valérie has tested the underwater trail of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

In charge of the booking platform at the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

July 2019

 


 

Discover and learn underwater life while having fun! It's possible !

Having received the information from the Tourist Information Office in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, I decided to go to discover the underwater trail of the Bay of Fossettes.
Arriving at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, I took the Avenue Jean Mermoz towards the Pointe de Saint-Hospice. I found the beach Fossettes below the Garden of Peace.
With my fins, mask and snorkel, I went down the steps to access this quiet and preserved creek. The cicadas sing, the water is transparent, the umbrella pines play with the intense blues of the Mediterranean ... The site is beautiful and there are no crowds ...
This underwater course is marked by 5 buoys over a distance of 200 meters and at a depth of 0 to 3 meters maximum. Clinging to these white buoys numbered 1 to 5, I found large submergible pads with explanations on the underwater life.
I swam on the surface until the first buoy located about twenty meters from the edge of the shore; while reading these boards, I was able to hold on to the steel handrail attached to the buoy; which is very convenient and safe.

The first buoy: the sandy bottoms
2nd: the Posidonia herbarium (plant), a protected species found only in the Mediterranean
The 3rd: lit rocky bottoms
The 4th: the little rocky bottoms poorly lit
And the 5th: the rocky faults

 

Snorkeling, from one buoy to another, I identified the fish mentioned on the colored panels and their biotopes.
What a pleasure to recognize saupes, black-headed sars, crows, red mullet, anchovy beds that evolved around me ... The rays of sunlight penetrated the water; placed on small rocks, sea urchins, sea stars made fun reflections of the light ... A magic moment ...
Children and adults will be delighted! I highly recommend this marked underwater trail, Unique on the metropolis!


Useful information

. Fun activity, easy and free
. Essential to be able to swim
. Accessible to children accompanied by an adult
. Essential equipment: fins, mask and snorkel
. Supervised swimming with aid station, open every day from June 15th to September 15th
. Protected and delimited bathing area
. Showers on the beach
. Snack at the Garden of Peace and drinking fountain
. WC near the garden
. Possibility to access the beach by a flat path (convenient for strollers)
. Parking space along Avenue Jean Mermoz or Avenue Claude Vignon
. Parking for two-wheelers next to the garden