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Short boat ride from Cannes

Floating in the Mediterranean just south of Cannes’ southern horizon, the Lérins Islands are an idyllic place to escape the Riviera’s summertime commotion. Head for Cannes port’s western quai Laubeuf, where ferryboats by Trans-Côte d’Azur (www.trans-cote-azur.com; tel. 04-92-98-71-30) offer access to Ile Ste-Marguerite. To visit Ile St-Honorat, head for the same quay, to the Transports Planaria (www.cannes-ilesdelerins.com; tel. 04-92-98-71-38) ferryboats. Both companies offer frequent service to the islands daily at intervals of between 30 and 90 min. depending on the season. Round-trip transport to Ile Ste-Marguerite costs 15€ per adult and 9.50€ for children 5 to 10; round-trip transport to Ile St-Honorat costs 16.50€ per adult, 13€ for children 13 to 18, and 8.50€ for children 8 to 12 (although a 10 percent discount on tickets is offered to those who book in advance online). Travel to both islands is free for children 4 and under. As dining options on the islands are limited, pack up a picnic lunch from Cannes’ Marché Forville before you set off. To preserve nature, mountain bikes, spear fishing, and drones are completely banned.