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The Lérins Islands are an archipelago off Cannes (Côte d'Azur) composed of 2 large islands and 3 small islets.


The Lérins Islands are an archipelago off Cannes (Côte d'Azur) composed of 2 large islands and 3 small islets.

The largest island, Saint Marguerite, hosted in its Fort Royal a famous prisoner that legend called 'The man with the iron mask'.

The smallest island, Saint-Honorat, houses a monastery.

Located in the bay of Cannes between La Napoule and Golfe Juan, the archipelago is easily accessible by many sea shuttles.

Historically, traces of life dating back to antiquity have been discovered. In Sainte Marguerite, oppidum remains, in Sainte-Honorat writings on a Greek monument to the glory of the heroes of the island as well as remains of objects.

An earthquake struck the archipelago in the Middle Ages devastating the buildings but from 410 AD the monastery founded by the Ermine Honorat took a considerable rise and became a place of passage and retreat of Christendom.

Regularly attacked and looted, a garrison was installed there.

But the celebrity of the Lérins Islands and in particular the royal fort of Saint Marguerite was born under the region of the king Louis XIV who inprisoned the famous "The man with the iron mask" (1687).

Successively in the hands of the English and French, the archipelago remained definitively under the french flag in 1747.

The island of Sainte Marguerite offers a day of pleasant and full of curiosity, besides the royal fort and the cell of The man with the iron mask, the landscapes, fauna and flora are captivating.

You can picnic, relax in the bar-restaurant, explore twenty kilometers of trails that end in a creek with preserved urbanisation and magnificent views of the bay of Cannes and the Mediterranean.

Bay of Cannes

Bay of Cannes

Greek artifacts on the Lérins Islands

Greek artifacts on the Lérins Islands

Greek artifacts on the Lérins Islands

Greek artifacts on the Lérins Islands

The Lérins Islands

The Lérins Islands

2 properties for sale in the area...


Property for sale in Pégomas, Alpes-Maritimes with heated swimming pool

Property for sale

Pégomas

Property for sale in Mouans-Sartoux, Alpes-Maritimes with swimming pool

Property for sale

Mouans-Sartoux

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Full details and prices relative to properties for sale are available on the relevant property page(s).
Entry fees, opening hours and other information is correct as of publishing, February 2018.

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