Just opposite the Bay of Cannes, a short boat ride away from La Croisette and Cannes, the beautiful heavenly Lérins Islands await you.
Situated in an unspoilt, natural setting, these Mediterranean spots offer a unique combination of flora and fauna, and history that includes the mysteries of the Man in the Iron Mask and the tranquility of Cistercian monks.
The Iles de Lérins is a small archipelago just off the coast of Cannes. The archipelago has the two main islands of Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat and the two micro-islands of Tradelière and St-Féréol.
Boat excursions to the islands leave from Cannes (15 minutes to Saint-Honorat and 30 minutes to Sainte-Marguerite) and from Antibes-Juan-les-Pins, Golfe-Juan, La Napoule and Nice. The islands are pedestrian-only; no motor vehicles are allowed, bikes as well as.
Ile Sainte Marguerite is the larger, and nearer, island. The island is covered by a lovely forest of Allepo pine and eucalyptus, with wide paths criss-crossing the length and breadth. The port area, where the ferry lands, has cafés and restaurants, and it’s a short walk to the Fort Royal where you can see the now-bare little cell where the Man in the Iron Mask was incarcerated.
Ile Saint Honorat is the smaller, further, island, and an additional 15 minutes required to travel here by boat from the ferry landing of Sainte-Marguerite. Although small, the walks are still nice, and there’s the Cisterian abbey to visit, which includes a gift shop of locally produced products.
Between the islands is a shallow, protected passage, the “Plateau du Mileu”, a popular anchor point for the pleasure boats. During the summer you can just about walk across from island to island.