"The Man in the Iron Mask island" Île Sainte-Marguerite by Elainehead

Île Sainte-Marguerite Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 41 photos


Who would imagine that only a 15 minute-away boat trip from Cannes, there are 2 islands? One of those being "Sainte-Marguerite", most famous for the prison where the Man in the Iron Mask was held a captive in a cell for 34 years.

Pieces of advice

If don't like walking or have mobility issues, this isn't the place for you.

Always bring a jacket/layer no matter how hot it is in Cannes because some parts of the paths are covered by trees and the sun hardly gets in...and if it's windy, it gets even colder.

Also wear closed comfortable shoes for walking because in some parts there are lots of ants/branches.

There are picnic tables in some parts of the island, so bring your own food/drinks. There are water points in some parts of the place where you can fill your bottle.

Not sure if they ever unlock the locks from the public toilets a few meters from the boat arrival, but when we tried using them, they were locked... My advice, use the toilet before taking the boat and if you need to use it during your walk, well...be prepare!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Traffic-noise free, nature, nice beaches
  • Cons:Public toilets closed
  • In a nutshell:Tranquil getaway place
  • Last visit to Île Sainte-Marguerite: May 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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