Lérins IslandsSte Marguerite

An Island
of preserved nature
and wilderness
rich in history and legends

Departing from Nice

Sainte-Marguerite Island is an exceptional island where nature, culture and relaxation join in total harmony. As soon as you disembark, you will be captivated by the fragrance of pine and eucalyptus, as well as the richness of cultural and leisure activities available on the island.

The best way to explore the island is to follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour of the site.

You will stroll by the Batéguier pond with its numerous species of migratory birds to the Point de la Convention to find unique plant species.

Continue on to the Fort Royal, the former residence of the Man in the Iron Mask. The Maritime Museum is not to be missed; sheltered within a fortified enclosure, it offers visitors an insight into the area’s history.

For lovers of pure relaxation Sainte-Marguerite Island really is not to be missed.

Dogs are welcome on board our ferries and on Sainte Marguerite Island (on leash).

Attention :
Bicycles, scooters, harpoon fishing and drones are not permitted on Sainte Marguerite Island.

Restaurants :
L’Escale > Tel: 07 52 37 66 72
La Guérite > Tel: +33 (0)4 93 43 49 30
2 snack bars.

2024 Dates

From 16/05 to 30/06 :
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

From 01/07 to 31/08 :
Every day (except Mondays)

From 01/09 to 30/09 :
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday


from Nice


on Sainte Marguerite Island
from 10H00 to 18H00        


in Nice

Return ticket prices

50.00 €
Child ( 4-10 years )
40.00 €
Moussaillon ( -4 years )

Reservation required

plan ile 2021 pour site

The Maritime Museum

Discover the famous prison where the Man in the Iron Mask was held captive during the time of Louis XIV. The painter Jean Le Gac suggests a cell by cell route evoking the memory of places and men.
In Roman cisterns, the museum presents archaeological finds from the area. Excavations of the island and the sea in the surrounding areas have bestowed relics of 1st century murals, remains of the contents of a roman shipwreck from 1BC and those of a Saracen wreck from the 10th century to the museum.

Open everyday except Mondays.
Information: www.cannes.com

Fort Royal

During the Thirty Years War, the Spanish occupied the island and constructed the fort from 1635 to 1637. After the Spanish were defeated, the French army completed the area’s fortification. A prison was added to its military function in 1637 which lasted until the twentieth century. Listed as a Historical Monument in 1927, the fort lost its military value by a downgrading in 1944. It was acquired by the City of Cannes in 1995.
Today, the fort welcomes visitors within its walls, in its museum and groups of youngsters in its barracks for sports, heritage and ecological trips.

Guided tours of Fort Royal are available from June to September.


The seabed around the Lérins Islands is rich in protected species and in remarkable habitats. In response to the preservation issues of this natural heritage site, the CPIE des Iles de Lérins et Pays d’Azur opened the Méditerranoscope® Point Info Biodiversité®. This space, which holds aquariums with reconstituted seabeds from around the Lérins Islands, is dedicated to awareness and informing the public.

Tel: +33 (0)4 93 39 26 80
Information: www.cpieazur.fr

International Residential Center Ethic Etapes

In the historically classified buildings of the Sainte-Marguerite Fort, Cannes Jeunesse organizes custom-made holidays with or without activities for school groups, associations, sports groups, corporate committees…

Tel.: +33 (0)4 97 06 27 20
Information: www.cannes-jeunesse.fr

Restaurant la Guérite

From April to October, the restaurant « La Guérite » welcomes you on Sainte Marguerite Island. You will discover a place of 1000 m2 at the water’s edge in front of the Bay of Cannes. In this little piece of heaven, you will find three distincts spaces for your lunches, dinners, private events or work meetings…

Tel.: +33 (0)4 93 43 49 30
Informations : restaurantlaguerite.com/cannes/

Restaurant l’Escale

This friendly restaurant provides you with a panoramic terrace, three covering rooms, sea view, as well as a V.I.P terrace with a sea view. Open in the evening in July and August, the capacity in seated catering is 350 people and 1000 in standing cocktail (cocktail party).

Tel.: 07 52 37 66 72

2 fast-food kiosks

cash only