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What to do on the Lerins Islands?

Only 20 minutes from the Croisette, the islands of Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat offer a thousand experiences all year round!

Between the Abbey of Lérins, the Iron Mask and Fort Royal Museum and the Jason deCaires Taylor underwater eco-museum, culture and history lovers will be delighted.

Looking for nature? The islands are full of wild coves where you can take a dip and go snorkelling. You will also appreciate the quietness of the alleys lined with eucalyptus or Mediterranean pines during relaxing walks.

Finally, for the more sporty, the change of scenery can be combined with physical effort for a discovery off the beaten track!

Between heritage and culture

Enter the legend: Museum of the Iron Mask and the Fort Royal

The legend of the Iron Mask was born on Sainte-Marguerite island. Since then, a museum has honoured the story of one of France’s most famous (and mysterious) prisoners. Take advantage of your trip off the Croisette to discover the Museum of the Iron Mask and the Fort Royal overlooking the sea. Visit his cell and the museum’s permanent collections and temporary exhibitions which take place throughout the year.

Dive into the Jason deCaires Taylor underwater eco-museum

New off Sainte-Marguerite, a museum… underwater! The British artist Jason deCaires Taylor has immersed his giant statues in the sea bed. Accessible with masks and snorkels, the stone giants, representing the faces of Cannes residents, can be seen almost 100 metres from the shore. These artificial reefs encourage biodiversity and shelter underwater fauna and flora, for your viewing pleasure!

Spirituality and heritage on the island of Saint-Honorat

While the islands are a great place for culture and discovery, they are also imbued with spirituality. The Saint-Honorat island is home to the Abbey of Lérins and a community of Cistercian monks who live there and cultivate the land. With a rich history spanning several centuries, the Abbey celebrates the land and offers visitors the chance to taste the wines, liqueurs and olive oil produced on site.

Discover the legend of Léro, the mascot of Cannes who created Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat islands.

In the water or on land :

let's get moving!

If the Lérins islands are so beautiful, it is also because the imprint of Man is discreet. These two natural settings are the ideal playground for all types of activities!

Beautiful swimming spots

For most of the year, it’s hard to resist the call of the islands’ crystal-clear waters: we’ve selected the best swimming spots for you.

Water activities for all tastes/p>

Snorkeling, paddle boarding, boat trips, catamaran sailing or sailing: take advantage of the many water sports available in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Lérins archipelago.

Walk(s) in the heart of Sainte-Marguerite Island

You can also swap your swimming costume for your trainers and go for a walk in the heart of Sainte-Marguerite Island. From the Batéguier pond to the secret beaches and the paths lined with Eucalyptus trees, discover a wild and totally preserved nature!!

Visit with a local guide

More than a walk, a meeting! Who better than a local to tell you the best of the destination? Discover Saint-Honorat accompanied by a greeter, a passionate inhabitant of the town who will reveal his anecdotes and share his secret corners with you for a unique moment of sharing!

Lunch on the islands,

an experience in itself!

Want to take your time? The few good restaurants of the islands welcome you for a lunch with your feet in the water.

To be as close to nature as possible, several picnic tables are spread out in the shade of the pine trees.

Finally, for an unusual experience, have ice creams or pizzas delivered directly to your boat at anchor near the Lérins Islands: a must!