Visit Ile St Honorat Cannes Coted’Azur


Beautiful Abbaye de Lerins      

My favourite things to do on Ile St Honorat

Visit Ile St Honnorat.  If you are staying anywhere near Cannes on the Cote d’Azur, I recommend a visit to Ile St Honorat.  Spend a day on this peaceful and beautiful island and you will have very special day.

Firstly, you have to get there and ferries run from the port of Cannes every hour on the hour in summer time and the trip is very short,just 15 minutes.  You can of course hire your own boat and moor off shore or in a tiny harbour on the island.  The waters between the two Iles de Lerin are really popular with yachts and there is a veritable traffic jam in the summer months as people all enjoy the crystal clear sea water and beautiful environment.


The water between the two Iles Lerins is always popular in summer!

I like to take a stroll round the island taking a peek at the immaculate vineyards, growing a variety of grapes which are then turned into delicious wine by the monks living on the island.  The plants and flowers are wonderful and a lot of work must go into making everything look so perfect.


Perfectly tended vineyards


Lavender growing on the island

The olives from the trees, grapes from vines and lavender growing in the gardens are turned into wonderful products by the monks and you can buy these online if you aren’t lucky enough to visit the island.  The quality is superb and I recommend them all!


I adore the feeling of peace and tranquility on the island, as soon as I step ashore all stress seems to  miraculously vanish.  There is a very special atmosphere here, after Saint Honoratus founded a monestery in the year 410 and 16 centuries of monastic life on the island interrupted here and there.  The Cistercian monks have lived and worked on the island and living a life of prayer in the Abbaye since 1869.


Dogs are welcome on the island, Freddie and Zarya enjoyed their day out.

After a walk, visit the Abbaye which is absolutely stunning with the most beautiful gardens.  I can’t honestly say I have ever considered becoming a monk but a visit to Ile St Honnarat makes me think that it is a very wonderful way of life.

IMG_3019-2The Abbaye organises retreats for people to go and stay on the island, which must be a perfect place for contemplation.


Every plant is beautiful here


A short stroll away teetering on the sea edge is a 15th century fortified monastery which you can also visit. Don’t forget to pop into the shop by the Abbaye and buy some products made on the island by the monks, including honey and olive oil.

IMG_3004-215c Fortified Monastery

Then Time for lunch at Le Tonnelle Restaurant a short 5 minute stroll away.  The food is delicious, as is the wine.  The island and the restaurant allow dogs, so Freddie and Zarya were able to come along and enjoy the day too.

le tonnelle

You can buy some wine to take home at a pretty shop right by the restaurant.


After lunch, time for a little nap and swim in one of the pretty coves that you find dotted around the island so don’t forget to pack your swimwear.

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Beautiful little coves for swimming


You can wear a swimsuit for a little swim but dress respectfully everywhere on the island and don’t wander around scantily clad.

After a reviving cup of tea back at Le Tonnelle restaurant, head back to Cannes on the ferry.  The end of a perfect day!


The view on the boat ride home to Cannes at the end of a lovely day!

Practical Info:

Ferry information:   Abbey:  Restaurant La Tonnelle (reservation recommended:




  1. June 13, 2016 / 9:43 am

    I’d never heard of Ile St Honorat before this, and now it’s definitely on my list! The photos are so quintessentially French countryside and I love that it can be a day trip from Cannes as well!

  2. June 13, 2016 / 11:19 am

    I would absolutely go here for the lavender! I’ve been searching around places to see lavender field so will bookmark this one. Thank you!

  3. June 13, 2016 / 11:21 am

    The lavender fields look wonderful. I’ve been on the hunt for lavender fields lately so will bookmark this! Thanks. Also, love your bright bathing suit.

  4. June 13, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    The perfect day in the perfect place. Monks know where to live.

    • marie
      June 13, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      They do indeed. Thanks Victor!

  5. June 14, 2016 / 2:31 am

    The architecture of Ile St Honorat is beautiful. I think my favorite thing to do would be looking for coves to swim in for sure. The vineyard and lavender fields looks so beautiful too!

  6. June 14, 2016 / 11:58 am

    Sounds wonderful! I’ve been to Cannes before though we didn’t manage a trip to Ile St Honorat – will have to plan a return visit!

  7. June 15, 2016 / 7:59 am

    What a gorgeous place you have visited, Marie! C’est absolument magnifique!

    I agree with the previous comment that monks know where to live. They are just missing the beer :))))

    • marie
      June 15, 2016 / 8:05 am

      Thanks Svetoslav. The monks make the most delicious wine!

  8. June 18, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    This looks like an absolutely beautiful place! So calm, serene and peaceful. I’ll definitely have to add this to the old “bucket list!” Thanks for sharing!

    • marie
      June 18, 2016 / 5:04 pm

      Thanks Lucie!

  9. August 10, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Ooh that is just so pretty I want to jump into the photos! I love the aroma of the lavender in the South of France too!

  10. August 10, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    First, your pictures are gorgeous! Very bright and colorful and well framed! I would love to spend a day walking around the island, swimming in those coves and exploring vineyards. So cool that you got to bring your dogs as well, any travel with your dogs makes it even better!

    • marie
      August 10, 2016 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment Katie!

  11. August 10, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Vineyards, Lavender, and beautiful water for bathing or boating – sounds perfect. What a fabulous place to visit. And I love you can bring your dogs this is always a difficult part for us. Thanks for sharing and happy roving!!!

  12. August 10, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Gorgeous! I never went when I was in Cannes, but I’ll have to add it to the list for the next time I’m in the area.

  13. August 11, 2016 / 1:33 am

    Oooh that looks like my kind of place, especially as the allow dogs too! It looks like such a lovely spot to relax and smell the roses (or rather the lavender)! I’m planning a trip to Europe next year. This looks great.

  14. August 11, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful! Also I love love love your dress! thanks for sharing!

  15. August 11, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Beautiful. I love the lavender flower. It looks so beautiful. The island looks really quiet and a great place to relax.

  16. August 11, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Great views, wine and water! A perfect combination for a great day!

  17. August 11, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    This looks like a fantastic holiday spot! I love the beautiful coves and the Abbaye + Monastery look like they would be my top spots! Looks beautiful!

  18. August 11, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    The Ile St. Honorat is beautiful! I’ve never been to Cannes; the closest I’ve been is Marseille. But I’m always amazed at how blue the water in the South of France is. I would love to go and see the lavender some day.

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