The french Rviera has many secrets to reveal, among them two magnificent secret islands.
A haven of peace
These islands are the unmissable rendezvous of a stay in Cannes. The islands of Lérins constitute a protected and preserved territory, off the coast of Cannes. A haven of peace and exceptional nature where to go with the family. Composed of Sainte-Marguerite Island and Saint-Honorat Island. Sainte-Marguerite Island, the largest, extends over 3 km, from the Batéguier pond and its ornithological reserve to the tip of the Convention. It thus offers 22 km of trails and several creeks. It is an area of wild nature and rich in history. Marked trails offer a botanical and historical discovery of the site. Île Saint-Honorat, 1,500 meters long and 400 meters wide, is wooded with umbrella and maritime pines.
An old abbey
It houses the abbey of the monks of Lérins. You can stay there. On an area of 40 hectares, visitors alternate between the joys of the sea and historical visits. Visiting the fortified monastery is free. The 21 monks who today make up the community of the monastery of the Cistercian Congregation of the Immaculate Conception, cultivate their vineyard with art since the Middle Ages.
A few minutes of boat from Cannes
To get to these dream islands, it is possible to opt for one of the boat companies that offer the trip. After a few minutes by boat from Cannes, Sainte-Marguerite Island offers you an exceptional site where nature, culture and relaxation come together in harmony. Barely disembarked, you will be seized by the scents of pine and eucalyptus and by the fullness of this place with multiple activities. The best way to discover its true nature is certainly to take the marked trails, which offer a botanical and historical discovery of the site. You will walk from the Batéguier pond with its many species of migratory birds to the tip of the Convention to discover.
The former residence of the Iron Mask
Then a visit to Fort Royal, former residence of the Iron Mask is a must and will allow you to understand the strategic role played by the island. Do not miss the Museum of the Sea housed in the fortified enclosure, which enlightens the visitor on the history of the site. Finally, for lovers of pure relaxation, Sainte-Marguerite Island is a must.