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“Great place to visit while in Cannes” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Iles de Lerins
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Ile Sainte-Marguerite Independent Day Trip from Cannes by Ferry
Ranked #1 of 92 things to do in Cannes
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Owner description: Two islands just a boat ride from Cannes, Ste-Marguerite and St-Honorat, are covered by eucalyptus and pine forests and are home to Fort Royal.
Quebec City, Canada
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“Great place to visit while in Cannes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

We were there on May 2014.

We were on a cruise that tendered in Cannes so we tried to get off the ship as soon as possible to avoid the crowd and take the first ferry available for Ste-Marguerite. You can buy your ticket in advance online for 11 Euro/pers round-trip.

The boat ride is about 15-20 minutes. I suggest you go to the top floor of the boat for a great view of Cannes.

When we got to the island we decided to start our visit by the Fort Royal and the museum. It is just a short walk from the pier and the path is nice. It cost 6 Euro/pers to visit the fort/museum. There is not much to see but it is still interesting and worth it. It took us about 30-45 minutes to visit. There are also some great photo spots from inside the fort.

After that, we took the "Allée des Eucalyptus" to reach the South side of the island. We loved that scented path, it is gorgeous. And when you reach the South side you have a nice view of St Honorat island.

Then we followed the ocean side going west to the point of the island where you can see a cannon ball oven. We then headed North/East to go back to the ferry, visiting "L'étang du Batéguier" on the way.

All in all we spend a little over 2 hours on the island and we really appreciated this beautiful place. Having spent some time in Cannes later that day we realized that we enjoyed our time on the island a lot more than the time spent in Cannes. We preferred the natural wonders of the island to the shops and crowd of Cannes.

If we ever go back, we will adjust our schedule to spend more time in Ste Marguerite and we will make some time to visit St Honorat too.

I would definitely recommend a visit to Ste Marguerite.

Visited May 2014
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“FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

Have been here several times sailing from La Napole. Almost empty boat, great trip. Superb views of coast line, mountains ,boats. Air clean and fresh , nice walks along shady paths. Climb up to the fort it is worth a visit. The restaurant below the fort used to be great, good food great prices...it's now been tarted up and the prices have rocketed . We ate at the other one in the village. Tip book when you first pass by it , locals all come out for lunch.
Do not wear silly shoes.... Quite a lot of crumbly steps. But just so worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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“Wear comfy shoes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

Nice boat ride over for decent price.they were looking for 6 euro just to enter the fort.so we just walked around the whole island took us 2 hours at a nice pace but bring lots of water especially if it's a warm day.

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“For nature lovers, but it is overgrown and a bit run down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

A nice 15 minute boat ride gets you to Ile Ste Marguerite from Cannes. Boats run at regular intervals. It seems to have much to offer, but in the heat, walking was difficult, so we had to settle on seeing less. Many buildings are in disrpeair or hoarded up, which is a pity. We ate at the main restaurant (L'Escale) which was OK - I had 10 sardines and many chips/fries on my plate of 'sardines frites".

Overall, an interesting place with upward potential.

Visited June 2014
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“Take a picnic and enjoy the peace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

Visited Ste-Marguerite with my family on a beautiful sunny day and our only regret is we never bought a picnic with us as there are loads of lovely spots for a picnic (and a glass of wine maybe)
We drove from Nice and parked in the port car park arriving about 10.30 and there were loads of spaces, this is a very short walk to ticket office and departure point (tickets €13 for adults, €12 for students/seniors)
After an enjoyable short boat trip we started our walk, first stop was the fort, entry to this is €6 and we spent less than an hour in it so quite pricey for a large group.
Then we followed the coast road to the other end of the island and saw very few people on the way, then returned to the harbour down the central road.
Overall we were there approximately 3½ hours, could easily have stayed longer if only we'd brought the picnic....

Visited May 2014
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