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The "Iles de Lérins" is a small archipelago just off the coast of Cannes and part of the commune of Cannes. The archipelago has the two main islands of Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat and the two micro-islands of Tradelière and St-Féréol.

Boat excursions to the islands leave from Cannes (15 minutes to Saint-Honorat and 30 minutes to Sainte-Marguerite). Excursions also leave from Antibes, Golfe-Juan, La Napoule and Nice. The islands are pedestrian-only; no motor vehicles are allowed.

Ile Sainte Marguerite is the larger, and nearer, island. The island is covered by a lovely forest of Allepo pine and eucalyptus, with wide paths criss-crossing the length and breadth. 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 incarcerated.

Ile Saint Honorat is the smaller, further, island, an additional 15 minutes by boat from the ferry landing of Sainte-Marguerite. Although small, the walks are still nice, and there's the Cisterian abbey to visit, which includes a gift shop of locally produced products.

Between the islands is a shallow, protected passage, the "Plateau du Mileu", a popular anchor point for the pleasure boats of the region. During the summer you can just about walk across from island to island over the closely packed nautical adventurers.

During the summer, a sound-and-light show presents the history of the islands, and the after-dark boat trip is part of the show.

Ferry Terminal

The ferry terminal for the boats to the Iles de Lérins is at the far southwest corner of the Cannes harbor. If you're standing in the center of Cannes looking out to sea (south), go around the right side of the harbor (west), out Quai Saint Pierre and past the Sofitel hotel.

There's a very handy open-air (but not free) parking lot. The terminal is at the far (southern) end of the parking lot.

Schedules

There is on boat for the Cannes-Saint Honorat trip and a separate boat for the Cannes-Sainte Marguerite trip. The is no ferry that goes between the two islands.

Depart Cannes for St Honorat (Summer)

8h, 9h, 10h, 11h, 12h, 14h, 15h, 15h30**, 16h30, 17h30

Return Departs St Honorat (Summer)

8h30, 9h30, 10h30, 11h30, 12h30, 14h30, 15h30, 16h10**, 17h, 18h

** = optional

>Depart Cannes for St Honorat (Winter)

8h, 9h, 10h, 11h, 12h, 14h, 15h, 15h30**, 16h30, 17h30

Return Departs St Honorat (Winter)

8h30, 9h30, 10h30, 11h30, 12h30, 14h30, 15h30, 16h10**, 17h, 18h

** = optional

Depart Cannes for Ste Marguerite

9h, 10h, 11h, 12h, 14h, 14h30, 14h30, 16h15, 17h15(spr), 18h15(sum)
Optional: 9h30, 10h30, 11h30, 12h30, 13h30

Return Departs Ste Marguerite

9h15, 10h15, 11h15, 12h15, 14h15, 15h15, 16h15, 17h15, 18h(spr), 19h(sum)

spr = Springtime only; sum = Summer only.

Prices

Round-trip fare for Saint Honorat: 11.00 € adults; 5.50 € children (5-10 years)

Round-trip fare for Sainte Marguerite: 11.00 € adults; 5.50 € children (5-10 years)


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