The cluster of four Mediterranean islands are a short boat trip away from Cannes. As well as the natural beauty and diversity of wildlife, the two largest of the islands - Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat - have intriguing histories of capture, occupation and religion, dating back to Roman times.
The largest of the islands - Sainte-Marguerite - is made up of 152 hectares of forest and flora. The cell of the mysterious 'Man with the Iron Mask' can be visited in the Fort of St. Marguerite, now renamed the Musée de la Mer (Museum of the Sea). The museum also holds archaeological discoveries from shipwrecks off the coast of the island, including Roman and Saracen ceramics.
Sainte-Marguerite’s smaller neighbour, Saint-Honorat, is named after the founder of the monastery of Lérins (410 AD). The monastery is still home to an active community of Cistercian monks who now share it with visitors. You can tour the original buildings and buy some of the wine, honey and olive oil that they produce on the island.