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Îles de Lérins

Situated in the south eastern edge of France, Cannes is a famous city connecting Monaco, Italy, Alps and Provence. This famous tourist spot in France offers you glamorous beaches, nice sky sketches, spotless natural beauty and many man-made tourist spots. Amidst all other Tourist Attractions in Cannes, the matchless natural beauty of Îles de Lérins will win your heart at the first glance.
Îles de Lérins
The French word Îles de Lérins stands for Lerins Island which is a group of four islands in Mediterranean Sea near Cannes. The two largest islands in this group are the Île Sainte-Marguerite and the Île Saint-Honorat. The smaller islands are Îlot Saint-Ferréol and Îlot de la Tradelière which are uninhabited.

Located close to Cannes, administratively these islands belong to commune of Cannes. Once you are in Îles de Lérins, a heavenly calm and peace will make you feel the difference of the island from nearer mainland of Cannes. If you want a perfect tranquil escape from the din and bustle of the city center then reach the Lerins Islands by a fifteen minutes ferry service.

The Ile Saint-Honorat has a Mediterranean coastal forest of native pine, eucalyptus and cypress trees. Named after Saint Honoratus, the founder of the Lérins monastery, this island is the most beautiful. It is in this monastery that Saint Porcarius lived and probably was killed during an invasion by Saracens.

The island of Sainte-Marguerite still now remembers the exile of Alexander Dumas who spent eleven precious years of his life in the prison of this island. During the French Revolution, the Ile Sainte-Marguerite and the Ile Saint-Honorat were renamed Ile Marat and Ile Lepeletier after the names of the secular martyrs.

If you are adventurous then do not miss the 15 minutes boat excursion from Cannes to Saint-Honorat and approximately 30 minutes' ferry journey from Cannes to Sainte-Marguerite. From Antibes, Golf-Juan, La Napoule and Nice also you can connect these Islands nearby Cannes. As no motor vehicles are allowed to ply inside this island, you are to take a stroll around different parts of these islands. The port area, where the ferry lands, has cafés and restaurants, and it's a short walk to the Fort Royal where you can see the now-bare little cell where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned.

The popular anchor point for the pleasure boats in the region is the shallow but protected passage, the "Plateau du Milieu" situated in between the islands. During the summer, a sound-and-light show presents the history of the islands to make you know more about this place. You can enjoy more by taking a boat trip after the dark to different islands. Do not forget to include a trip to Îles de Lérins while you are planning to visit Cannes in southern France.