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Îles de Lérins

The two islands making up Lérins – Île Ste-Marguerite and Île St-Honorat – lie within a 20-minute boat ride of Cannes. Tiny and traffic free, they’re oases of peace and tranquillity, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Riviera.

Île Ste-Marguerite is home to an impressive 17th-century bastion, the Fort Royal, which once served as a remote holding cell for prisoners, including the famous Man in the Iron Mask. It now houses a maritime-themed museum. Île St-Honorat is best known for its Cistercian abbey, whose two dozen monks still cultivate vineyards on the island.

Camping is forbidden, and aside from Ste-Marguerite's intermittent hostel, there is no other accommodation on either island. Eating options are also limited, so bring a picnic and a good supply of drinking water. Annoyingly, there's no ferry between the two islands, so you have to return to the mainland if you want to visit both.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Îles de Lérins.