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Iles de Lerins in Cannes  

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This island group is situated between Golfe Juan and Golfe de la Napoule. The 2 main islands are St-Honorat and Ste-Marguerite. Ferry goes on to ply several times (in a day) between these islands and Cannes. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the above-mentioned islands had been a vital center with regards to monastic life and ecclesiastical erudition.

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Simply a touristic Island in the South East of France renamed in medieval times by crusaders, who built a chapel to Saint Margaret of Antioch on the island. The saint is said to be fictional, and originating from the books... more of a 14th century writer Raymond Féraud. A fifteen-minute boat ride from Cannes, the Île de Sainte-Marguerite is low in profile and heavily wooded with umbrella pines and eucalyptus. Both islands (with the Île Saint-Honorat) are looked after by the Office national des forêts, and are a popular tourist attraction of natural interest. During the summer months, a large number of boats moor in the shallow, protected "Plateau du Milieu", between the islands or on the landward side of Sainte-Marguerite where there is more room for water skiing, parascending and other popular water sports. The village of Sainte-Marguerite is made up of about twenty buildings. Most of these are home to fishermen, but there is also a small boatyard and one or two establishments offering refreshments to tourists. The island's hotel has been closed down since the summer of 2005. The historic Fort Royal now houses a youth hostel and a Museum of the Sea, featuring items recovered from ancient Roman and Saracen shipwrecks. Visitors are also able to view a number of former prison cells (including that occupied by the Man in the Iron Mask) and a Roman cistern room. Close to the Fort Royal is a small cemetery for French soldiers who died there when it was used for convalescence during the Crimean War, and alongside it is a cemetery for North African soldiers killed on the Allied side during World War II. It was in the news recently because the Indian businessman Vijay Mallya, owner of the Formula 1 team Force India and the Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore, has purchased a unique piece of luxury real estate on the Island of Sainte-Marguerite, the largest of the four islands of Lérins., two of which are uninhabited. The property is known as “Le Grand Jardin”, or “The Large Garden.” Price – between €37 million and €43 million ($53–61 million US) The island is served all year round by a regular commercial ferry service from Cannes. Here I also want to keep my mind open to the wanders one can get to experience there.
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