Ile Saint-Marguerite Tours

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A 20-minute ferry ride across the waters of the Mediterranean Sea transports travelers from the high-class commotion of Cannes to the tranquil Ile Saint-Marguerite, a small island with more pine trees than people. Bring your walking shoes and your love for the great outdoors for the perfect day trip away from it all.
The Basics
Despite being the largest of the Lérins Islands, Ile Saint-Marguerite (Ile Sainte-Marguerite) is still petite. Visit on a private cruise from Cannes or on a day trip by ferry. Once on the island, it’s possible to hike a trail circumnavigating the island through eucalyptus groves and past stunning French Riviera views in just 2.5 hours, stopping to picnic while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Other island highlights include the famous Fort Royal, which once imprisoned the “Man in the Iron Mask” and is attached to the small Maritime Museum (Musee de la Mer) featuring historical shipwreck artifacts.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dress for the outdoors, with plenty of sun protection in the summer.
  • Pack a swimsuit if you plan to swim in the popular Plateau du Milieu water recreation area or other beaches.
  • Food options are limited; plan ahead and pack a picnic.
  • Ile Saint-Marguerite is a kid-friendly attraction perfect for outdoor play.
  • Luxury private yacht tours offer an overview of the island and unbeatable views.
How to Get There
Ile Saint-Marguerite is only accessible by ferry. A number of private ferry operators leave out of Cannes and Juan-les-Pins regularly, but it’s best to book your ticket in advance to guarantee your spot, as boats can fill quickly in summer.
When to Get There
Arrive early in the morning for the coolest weather and the fewest crowds. As with other parts of France, Ile Saint-Marguerite is most popular during the peak travel season from mid-June through August, when large crowds and sunshine are the norm.
Nearby Attractions
Make a full day of exploring the Lérins Islands and other Cote d'Azur attractions by booking a tour that includes locations like the neighboring Ile Saint-Honorat, Monaco, and Antibes.
Address: Cannes 06400, France
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Private Luxury Yacht Cruise from Cannes with Personal Skipper

Live like the proverbial other half for a day with a luxury private cruise from Cannes along the gorgeous French Riviera. Relax as your personal skipper guides the boat along the Mediterranean coast so you can see the Lérins Islands, Cap d'Antibes and the Bay of Cannes from the comfort of the deck while sipping on a refreshing beverage. Beach towels and snorkeling gear are on hand if you want to take a dip. Select one of several cruise options, including a sunset cruise with Champagne or a full-day cruise to either St Tropez or Monaco and Nice.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours

Ile Sainte-Marguerite Independent Day Trip from Cannes by Ferry

Just 15 minutes off the coast of Cannes is a natural oasis waiting to be explored. Board a ferry to the lle Sainte-Marguerite—about a half-mile off shore from the French Riviera—for a relaxing morning or afternoon, depending on which departure you choose. Once on the island time is yours to hike, birdwatch or do some cultural exploring at the maritime museum. lle Sainte-Marguerite is also home to Fort Royal, a 17th century prison once housing the 'Man in the Iron Mask.' Private tours of the fort (own expense) are available.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day

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