The islands of Lerins
Updated: Sep 16
Historical monument of Cannes
If you come to Cannes but you do not visit the famous islands of Lerins then you miss something indeed composed of two large islands: Sainte-Marguerite island and Saint-Honorat island this heritage is only talk about him with the many legends they conceal.
With a length of 3.2 km, about 900 m wide, This island will offer you a beautiful day with family or friends. They count 152 hectares of forest, this area protected by the State by its vast biodiversity and its species older than the others notably with the Eucalyptus and the pines of Aleppo. Nevertheless the fort is the main construction of the island and will allow you to discover the past secrets of the island.
You can have a guided tour of the fort and understand its history, especially that of the famous mask of irons that is seen being locked in one of the buildings of the fort. You can also visit the museum that includes all the remains of archaeological excavations on land and underwater.
You can also walk on the botanical trail around the island and contemplate its magnificent flora as well as the pond of Baguier known for its ornithological reserve. If you want to have a quick swim break, the fifteen beaches that surround the island will allow you to cool off in crystal clear water while enjoying the underwater museum that is offered to you so put on your masks and snorkels and come snorkeling!
This second small island has been home to a monastic community since 1869. These monks now also manage the island as a factory of artisanal liqueur as well as some grape varieties. Its fortress, built in 1073 by Abbé de Lerins, has seven chapels. It was in the 5th century that Honorat chose this island as a place for its isolation from the world, a world he considers too tormented. Since that day, this holy place has become a spiritual retreat for anyone who wishes to consider it as such. Come and discover the history of this monastery that had to be fortified to escape pirate attacks!
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