Île Sainte-Marguerite Travel Guide

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Île Sainte-Marguerite Things to Do

  • Musée de la Mer

    Located in the royal fort, this museum is dedicated to archeology (terrestrial and underwater) and it also holds the prison cell where the famous man in the iron mask was held captive.It's a small place so it won't take long for the visit. I think you'll spend most of your time reading the history about this place and about the prison's famous...

  • Four à boulets - cannonball furnace.

    It is nowadays difficult to imagine that a few centuries ago there were gun batteries on these now quite pacific islands in order to defend the coast from the approach by enemy vessels. The "four à boulets" cannonball furnace beneath the observation platform at the Pointe du Dragon was part of this defensive system and has been build in 1793 under...

  • Picnic on the Ste-Marguerite Island.

    There are two restaurants and two snacks on the Ile Ste-Marguerite; you can see on VT or TA what people think of them.Best is to take your picnic with you. A "baguette", wine, cheese and a "saucisson" are the basics.On the island you will find a large number of picnic areas.We much liked those at the Pointe du Dragon. As you can see from my photo...

  • Small beaches at Ste-Marguerite .

    Don’t expect to find soft sand beaches on this island like in Cannes. Access to the sea is possible in several places but it is between the rocks and the few meters of "beach" consist mainly of small stones. Therefore wearing plastic sandals is a must to protect your feet. Once in the water these small and hidden beaches under the pine trees are...

  • Walking to the Pointe du Dragon.

    Once you have disembarked best is to move south-west to the Pointe du Dragon by the wide paths in the shadow of the Alep pine trees and also here and there maritime pines that belong to the natural forest of the island. In the centre of the island the exotic eucalyptus has been planted around 1860. There is an Allée des Eucalyptus south of the...

  • French cannon from 1715.

    Next to the entrance of the Fort Royal stands a beautiful gun from 1715 which was found (1995) in the sea at a depth of 41 m in silt sediment that protected the gun from corrosion.It is not only a performing 24 pound bronze gun weighing 2800 kg that could fire at a maximum range of about 4000 m (efficient against fortifications at a distance of 400...

  • Fort Royal - The Fortress

    From the seventeenth century on, the Ile Sainte-Marguerite had essentially a military vocation.Under King Louis XIII the Duc de Guise started to build (1624) the fortress Fort Royal (just east of the ferry pier) which was almost immediately conquered and reinforced by the Spaniards (1635). They had 800 men on this island without a sole spring so...

  • Fine views during the boat trip.

    Views from the boat on Cannes are great and worthwhile the price (12 €) one pays for the return trip even if it takes only 15 min. During our trip at the end of September we had hot weather for the season so that the sea breeze on the upper deck was welcome. Sailing out the Cannes harbour is already fine for the views on the luxury yachts, the...

  • In good company

    indeed Ste Marguerite is located between the island of St Honorat and Cannes, as you can see from the following photos


Île Sainte-Marguerite Transportation

  • Boat from Cannes to Ile...

    We went before the opening day of the Cannes' Film Festival 2013 so finding the ticket office was a bit confusing. They were building a huge dome for Leonardo DiCaprio's Great Gatsby thingy in that area, so everything was hidden behind it.Make sure you arrive at least 15 to 20 minutes before the departure time. Sometimes you'll have a school group...

  • To Île Sainte-Marguerite by boat.

    There is apparently one ferry company "Trans Côte d'Azur" going to the Île Sainte-Marguerite, the island closest to Cannes and the other "Planaria" is only going to the Île Saint-Honorat.Crossing the bay of Cannes to Sainte-Marguerite takes only 15 min but it offers very nice views from the upper deck so that one does not regret paying a rather...

  • The ferry from chaos to peace & quiet

    Ferries from Cannes take you to Ste Marguerite / St Honorat in 15' / 30', both for 10 euro, on an enjoyable trip over the azur sea


Île Sainte-Marguerite Local Customs

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    Napoleon's legacy

    by chbuchie Written Nov 3, 2005

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    'Le four à boulets' was basically used to warm up the cannonballs to cause extra damage to passing boats by making a hole & burning the ship's frame.

    The photos + french commentary are self-explanatory

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Île Sainte-Marguerite Warnings and Dangers

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    by lulujones Written Mar 13, 2003

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    this is a heads up, rather than a warning or danger. and frankly, i'm a bit wishy washy about labeling this a warning or a must see.

    i really liked this restaurant because they let me bring in my dog, the food was good, the owners were friendly and came over to tell us stories which i LOVE, and when i asked if they had anything other than the menu items, they customized my meal (because they were only offering beef and i don't eat beef). but i have to say that it was MEGA expensive for lunch! the meals were good but not what i'd call highly skillfully prepared meals. the meals we had, were BASIC fare.

    the restaurants on ile st. marguerite are seriously overpriced. only one restaurant was open and we were a bit chilled by the drizzle outside and starving for lunch so we went in.

    i'm sorry i don't know what the name of this restaurant is, but there are only a few on the island - and all are intent on price gouging unsuspecting tourists.

    Outside the restaurant
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Île Sainte-Marguerite Off The Beaten Path

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    Rocky beach

    by chbuchie Written Nov 3, 2005

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    just like on St Honorat, the coastline is marvellous with trees covering the better part of the island right up until the coast where rocky beaches fill up the scenery
    The clear azur colored water adds to the beauty of it

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Île Sainte-Marguerite Favorites

  • Boat Services

    Boat excursions to Sainte-Marguerite island leave from Cannes (30 minutes). Depart from Gare Maritime, Vieux Port, Cannes. Summer: depart every 30 mins from 7.30AM until 7 PM. Return: noon, 3PM, 4PM, 5PM, 6PMWinter: depart 10AM, 11AM, 2PM. Return: noon, 3PM, 4PM, 5PMExcursions also leave from Antibes, Golfe-Juan, La Napoule and Nice. The island is...

  • Fort Royal

    The Fort on Ile Sainte-Marguerite is where the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned in the late 17th century. A favourite theory is that he was the illegitimate brother of Louis 14. Visitors can see the tiny cell that held him for over ten years. Inside the Fort Royal is situated the Sea Museum.

  • Breathe in the fresh air...

    The island is covered by a lovely forest of Allepo pine and eucalyptus, with wide paths crossing the length and breadth. It offers 156 ha of forests (1ha is 10000 m2). During my walk there I felt my lungs became more clean...Sainte Marguerite Island is a protected site: * All vehicules (cars, bikes, ...) are forbiden * Camping or staying at night...


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