Île Saint-Honorat Travel Guide

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Île Saint-Honorat Things to Do

  • Hear the monks sing and pray

    Visit the beautifull church and hear the monks who live on thi island sing and pray. You can join the service. Please be respectfull and quiet during the service and towards the monks. The church is a beautifull building with a lovely garden and some impressive statues above the entrance.

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  • Visit the abbey of the Lérins and enjoy...

    Enter the abbey and take a look inside this old religious building. You will find some amazing photography sites because of the lights and shadows inside this mysterious building. Climb on the stairs (more than 100 steps) and enjoy the amazing view.

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  • Cool down in the ocean

    When you visit here in summer you can spend some time on one of the lovely small and quiet beaches and swim in one of the idylic bays.

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  • Explore the island by foot

    There is no traffic on this island at all. It's nice to make a walk on the island and enjoy all it's beautifull scenery's and it's rich nature. During the walk you can visit ceveral abbey's a garden and a church.

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  • Feed the fish

    When you arrive at the island you can feed the fish near the boat. As soon as you leave the boat and look into the water you will see many fish waiting for someting to eat ;-)

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  • Monastery Castle

    You can follow the coast to find the Castle once used to defend the island and the monastery. Take a moment to walk all the way up to find a beautiful view over the island and the sea. If you are lucky you'll meet some priests along the way.

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Île Saint-Honorat Restaurants

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    by AMOQUE Written Nov 27, 2005

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    There is only 1 restaurant on the island. I don't know how the food is, but it seemed like fastfood to me. The only thing that I bought there was an icecream. This is the only restaurant on the island and you can spend an entire day here. That's why I recommend you to do as we did and bring your own drinks and lunch. There are many nice spots where you can have a picknick.

    Us carrying our lunch
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Île Saint-Honorat Nightlife

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    by AMOQUE Updated Apr 4, 2006

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    There is no nightlife on this island. This is a religious place of peace and quietness. It is not even possible to stay here overnight. I recommend you visit Cannes or Nice to find some nice restuarants, bars, clubs and discotheques.

    Map of the island
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Île Saint-Honorat Transportation

  • Catch a boat in Cannes

    To visit the island you can catch a boat in Cannes in de harbor. This boat will bring you to the island in 20 minutes. The ticket costs 10 euros (about 12 US dollar).

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  • Boat from Cannes

    The boat out of Cannes runs hourly except 12.01-14.00 when the crew take a traditional French lunch break. The competing St Marguerrite boat runs continuously and more frequently and so gets the lions share of passengersIts tempting, but stick to St Honorat to get that really off the beaten track escape from Cannes11euros round trip (July-06)

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  • Walk, as you have no other option

    The island of Saint-Honorat is small and one can easily walk around the whole island within one hour time. Still, when you want to fully enjoy the sites and the views, you will need a morning or afternoon.

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Île Saint-Honorat Shopping

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    by AMOQUE Updated Nov 28, 2005

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    There is only one shop on the island. They sell religious books, postcards lavender oil produced by the monks of the island, home made cookies, home made wines and so on.

    What to buy: I recommend you'll buy some products that where produced by the monks on this island.

    saint holding a child The shop is situated underneath these arches
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Île Saint-Honorat Local Customs

  • Praying and singing

    Because the only inhabitants of this island are monks they are praying and singing religious songs a lot. They also visit church very often and you see some student moks walking over the island and studying the bible.

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  • The silent ones

    Don't think it's unfriendlyness or that you are not welcome on the island, when you speak to one of the munks and they only knot their heads friendly but do not say a word. They can be in a period in which they are not allowed to talk or even have done a vow to not talk at all. Other munks are actually very friendly and open for a conversation, in...

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Île Saint-Honorat Warnings and Dangers

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    Please make sure to bring enough water. There is only one restaurant on the island and weather can be very hot and sweaty some times. I can also recommend to bring your own lunch.

    Me and my aunt enjoying the great view
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Île Saint-Honorat What to Pack

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    by AMOQUE Written Nov 27, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear swimming gear underneath your clothes as you have some very beautifull small beaches here where you can tan and swim.

    Photo Equipment: Make sure to bring a good camera because there are many things to photograph here; historical and religious buildings, nature, statues, garden, ocean and beach, view and off course you having a good time here.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: it is wise to wear some comfortable walking shoes or walking sandals.

    Miscellaneous: I recommend you bring your own drinks (water) and food. There is only one restaurant on the island and since the island is big enough to spend an entire day here make sure to bring some!

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Île Saint-Honorat Off The Beaten Path

  • Away from the bussy and glamoreous Cote...

    I guess the whole island is a little bit of the beaten path. There is no massive tourism here and you can find some very quiet spots on the island. I don't know if I have this impression because I was there in september (no highseason), but sometimes we felt like we where the only tourists there. This place is great to find some peace and quietness...

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  • Enjoy the island itself

    Historically the island Saint-Honorat is great and many will emphasis their visit with looking at the ancient buildings of the monastry and the monumental chapels. However, don;t forget to enjoy the island itself. It's rocky coastline, that appears from the meditteranean sea water, as it actually is just a mountains that surfaces from the bottom of...

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  • The chapels around the island

    As told in the "must see activities" the islands holds seven chapels or remains of them. Three are nothing less then ruins or even only fundaments of what used to be a chapel. The other four are however still standing, with or without the help of continuous restoration work. Their names:Chapelle de la TriniteChapelle Saint Saveur Chapelle Saint...

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Île Saint-Honorat Sports & Outdoors

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    by AMOQUE Written Nov 29, 2005

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    There are not really sports on the island but you can do some sportive activities though: It is possible to go sailing around or towards the island with your own boat. It is also possible to swim in one of the lovely bays. You can make wondefull walks on this island and climbing th stairs (110 steps) of one of the old abbeys can be considered as a sport.

    Equipment: Sailing boat, swimminggear, walking shoes,

    Those 2 little heads is us swimming
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Île Saint-Honorat Favorites

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    by AMOQUE Updated Nov 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I think the best time to visit is in april and may and september. The weather is most of the times excellent during these months and you will avoid the touristic high season. The island is almost yours alone.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memories are the quietness and beautifull nature, the views, swimming at the beautifull small beaches, seeing lovely old chapelles. I guess I just like the whole thing because of the unique atmosphere on the island.

    Nap on peacefull and quiet island
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