Sainte-Marguerite Island, France

Photo © Guillaume Paumier

Just a short boat ride away from the shopping and glamour of Cannes, is the eerie but not-to-be-missed Île Sainte-Marguerite.

The island is famed for its fortress prison where the Man in the Iron Mask was held in the 17th century. It’s a haven from the lively mainland and a historic treat for visitors.

Enjoy a walk through the seemingly endless woodland of eucalyptus or escape the crowds in Cannes and take to the island’s idyllic shores.

It’s mainly inhabited by fishermen and has just a couple of places offering refreshments, showing a true character of the French Riviera.

Be sure not to miss the last boat back to Cannes as you may be stranded overnight!

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