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.more
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.
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.
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)more
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.
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...more
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.
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!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,
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.