Lérins Islands, Cannes

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#2 of 18 in Nature in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur
The Romans first settled Lérins Islands, a group of four Mediterranean islands which now belong to the commune of Cannes. Tiny, forested Île Sainte-Marguerite housed the fortress where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned for 11 years. His cell can be seen in the Museum of the Sea, which also houses archaeological discoveries from shipwrecks off the coast of the island. Guided tours in English are available. The other three islands are Île Saint-Honorat, Îlot Saint-Ferréol, and Îlot de la Tradelière, the last two of which are uninhabited. Île Saint-Honorat is now inhabited and run by monks, who pray and make wine in their leisure time. You can visit the 11th-century monastery ruins. Put Lérins Islands and other Cannes attractions into our Cannes trip itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A respectfull visit to the tiny Crimea War cemetary on Sainte-Marguerite is a must. Try to visit the islands off season. They are unique  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The Lérins Islands are very fun to do. The boat trip is fast and only brews. However it is a long walk on the spot to get away from high-traffic corners. The beaches are mainly in rocks or seaweed, careful not Sandy.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A good walk in a quiet, under the pine trees. Bits of wild beaches, just top! Plan for the water and walking shoes. With the water bottle! To go in several times to enjoy without getting tired.
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Enjoy five-star luxury fit for royalty and movie stars at one of the city's beachfront hotels. Located along Cannes' renowned waterfront promenade, these hotels allow you to stay close to the city's expensive shops, chic restaurants, and prestigious private beaches. For just a little extra, you can get a room with a view over the Mediterranean and the nearby Lerins Islands. If you need something a little quieter and less expensive, consider staying at a boutique hotel situated farther away from the busy city center.
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