A jewel amidst the turquoise majesty of the Mediterranean, the Ile Saint Marguerite is the largest of the Lérins Islands. Serene and unspoiled, this preserved environment is a nature lover’s dream. It’s easily accessible from Cannes, so why not escape to this unique place and enjoy walks, swimming and even some historical discovery?
Natural beauty off the Cannes coast
This heavily wooded corner of paradise known as the Ile Saint Marguerite is a protected natural site and so offers a refreshing and enchanting experience filled with natural beauty. Stroll through its tiny village of fishermen's houses. Then wander the woodland paths lined with eucalyptus to get from one side of the island to the other. Along the way you’ll want to stop by a pond where many migrating birds come to breed. Treat yourself to a relaxing swim from one of the coves or beaches that make up the island’s coastline. You’ll also be astonished by the magnificent views to be enjoyed from the island, particularly those of the mainland’s Mercantour and Esterel massifs.
A place steeped in history
From the Bastide de l'Oliveraie, you can reach the Ile Sainte Marguerite by boat in just 15 minutes. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Fort Royal, an imposing historical monument dating from the 17th century. A cell there was formerly occupied by one of the most mysterious prisoners in France, the Man in the Iron Mask, whose identity was never known. The Fort Royal is also home to a charming little 17th century chapel and the Museum of the Sea, where you can see a fascinating collection of items recovered from ancient Roman and Saracen shipwrecks, as well as amphorae, ceramics and fragments of Roman wall paintings.
Bastide de l'Oliveraie, a 4-star at only 10 minutes on foot from the centre of Cannes