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Ile Sainte-Marguerite Independent Day Trip from Cannes by Ferry

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Board the ferry at Cannes port at your chosen departure time. Just a short 15-minute ferry ride off the French Riviera coast, Ile Sainte-Marguerite forms part of the Lérins Islands archipelago in the Golfe de la Napoule, and offers a heady blend of culture, history and nature.
When you arrive, step off the ferry, breathe in fragrant scents of pine and eucalyptus and head off to begin exploring independently. Pick a hiking trail — well-marked trails cover the island — and traverse dense forests for a botanical discovery. Or simply stroll to the Batéguier pond to spot migratory birds, or Point de la Convention to appreciate a range of unique plant species that call Ile Sainte-Marguerite home.
No trip to the island is complete without a visit to the Fort Royal, a former prison fortress built by Spanish invaders in the 17th century. Here is where the notorious 'Man in the Iron Mask' is said to have been imprisoned. Today the fortress finds new use as a maritime museum, with a wealth of archaeological finds that include 1st-century murals, artifacts from a 10th-century Saracen shipwreck and even Roman–era ceramics.
Another option is the Méditerranoscope marine research center, which works to protect the diverse sea life in the waters around the Lérins Islands. If you get hungry, you can choose from two restaurants and two sandwich kiosks. Or bring a picnic!
Ferries run regularly between Ile Sainte-Marguerite and Cannes, so when you’re ready to head back to the mainland, hop aboard for the short crossing back to port.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bought my e-ticket online very easily. Presented it at the ticket booth where a physical ticket was given. There are multiple tour operators there, so just make sure you bring it to the correct one. (Note if you add it to My Wallet on iPhone,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Fanahan B
Reviewed 10 July 2019

You can visit the place and just relax for a while on the island, not much crowd to disturb you there.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 17 February 2019

Loved our day on the island, walking everywhere. Snorkelling was great too and water was beautifully clear. Large trees protect you from the sun (we had 37C!) and near the ferry you will find some small restaurants which were ok.

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank Barbara H
Reviewed 10 December 2018

We took the ferry to Ile Sainte-Marguerite, walked a round the island, toured though the Fort Royal, a 17th century prison that once housed the 'Man in the Iron Mask.' We stopped at the Restaurant L'Escale and had and order of their "small fish."

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Ginny_5411
Reviewed 19 September 2018

I booked the ferry trip prior to arriving in Cannes, through Tripadvisor. It was simple and easy to do. The outward and inward timings were convenient and frequent enough to be able to spend time having an afternoon picnic on the island, which is what...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank mandipbhasin
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Easiest way is to get a train or bus to Cannes. Cheap and direct
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