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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Île Sainte-Marguerite - Cannes

While on our recent holiday, we decided to take a day-trip to the lovely Ile Sainte-Marguerite, just a few minutes by ferry from Cannes. It's the largest of the Lerin Islands and its main attraction is the fortress prison which is allegedly the source of the story of The Man in the Iron Mask.

The ferry departs on a fairly regular basis from Quai Maxime Laubeuf and it's only about 10 minutes to the island. As you approach the island, you can see the fortress to your left and the clear blue water with moored yachts will take your breath away.

We spent a while wandering around the fort, followed by a long walk through the forest and pathways of the island. A word of warning, there are some restaurants on the island, but they are pricey, although there is a great little van that does good value coffee. Bring some bottled water with you to keep you hydrated.

The island is a perfect antidote to the tourism of Cannes. We spent a while following a little salamander through the shrubs and later watched birds nest. The island was a welcome change of pace.


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