Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes

The Lérins islands

When visiting Cannes, you may want to take a break from the lively streets and shops of the city. Discover botanical wonders and the true story of the Man in the Iron Mask with a trip to the Lérins Islands. Just a few miles off in the bay of Cannes.

Islands in the Bay of Cannes

As you are landing on Nice airport, the one thing that will probably catch your attention a few minutes before landing is this group of islands nested in the Bay of Cannes. This archipelago is actually composed of two larger islands (Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat) and three smaller ones. Only Sainte-Marguerite and Saint Honorat are inhabited and offer a number of exciting points of interest.

The trip to the Lérins Islands from the Radisson Blu Cannes 1835

Literally around the corner of the Radisson Blu Cannes, at the harbor, you will take the regular ferry for a nice journey to the Lérins islands. Every half hour from April to September, you will be able to embark on a short journey, approximately 15 minutes to get to Sainte Marguerite island. Do not hesitate to contact our concierge for more information.

Points of interest

So, this trip is not just about some peaceful landscapes by the sea and great sight-seeing. You will also discover some beautiful historical buildings and a range of activities spanning from wine tasting to guided tours, photographic and art exhibitions or concerts.

Sainte-Marguerite island

The largest island, Sainte-Marguerite, has a colorful history and is home to Fort Royal, a museum and 17th-century prison where the legendary Iron Mask was kept. Sainte-Marguerite Island is also known for its biodiversity and meticulous botanical trails. While on the island, you may spot rare species of migratory birds flying along the clear waters or nesting in the sea grass.

Saint-Honorat Island

Saint-Honorat Island, the 2nd largest island, is known for its community of Cistercian monks at Lérins Abbey that have lived on the island since the 5th century. The well-preserved feudal architecture is a rare sight, considered the finest of its kind in the Provence region. The monks have tended vineyards on the island for centuries, so be sure to visit for a taste of their excellent wine, honey and famous Lérina liquor.

The view

Back from your journey to the islands, you will be heading to our rooftop terrace and enjoy one of the most beautiful views on the Lérins islands at sunset.