Welcome to Île St-Honorat
Forested St-Honorat (at 1.5km by 400m, the smaller of the two Lérins islands) was once the site of a powerful monastery founded in the 5th century. Today 25 Cistercian monks still live in the walled, 19th-century Abbaye Notre Dame de Lérins, built around a medieval cloister. At the island's southern tip are the ruins of an earlier fortified monastery dating to the 11th century and designed to ward off pirate attacks.
Visitors can wander the island's trails freely. Amid the Aleppo pines, olive trees and vineyards, you'll find seven chapels and two late-18th-century Napoleonic furnaces once used to heat cannonballs.