Lerins Islands, South of France

Description: This is a traffic-free collection of four really lovely islands in the south of France off the Cote d’Azur. Ste-Marguerite is the largest and closes to the mainland. It was the location where the film “Man in the Iron Mask” was filmed and you can see the cell where he was held (Fort Royal). St-Honorat is the next island and houses a Cistercian abbey  where local produce is sold (including a rather strong local brew!).

Location: Just a few km south of Cannes, reached by boat from the Cannes harbour, alongside the Palais des Congrès.

General Info: Boats leave Cannes on the hour, every hour in the morning and early afternoon.  Take care not to miss the last boat back around tea time!

Our recommendations: No swimming is allowed on St Honorat.

For the children: Check with the local tourist office on the timing of the Son et Lumière show which explains the history of the islands – the night time boat trip rounds off a special treat!


Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to the Cote d’Azur: