Ile de Sainte Marguerite
For those who love tranquil Mediterranean beauty, a picnic on Saint Marguerite is an absolute must. With only a handful of inhabitants on the islands and even fewer cars, this beautiful island just off the Cannes coast is a quiet place of pine forests, crumbling forts, and crystal clear coves. Stock up for your picnic at Marche Forville on the mainland, before heading to the dock and boarding a 15 minute ferry ride to Ile de Sainte Marguerite. Visit Fort Royal where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned, then take a gentle walk through the forest and meander along the island shore, looking for your perfect picnic spot.
There is one sand beach on Sainte Marguerite near the ferry terminal, but the rest of the island is riddled with secluded pebbled coves with rock pools just perfect for snorkelling. There’s only a snackbar on the island, so do try and buy everything before you come, but if you do run out of supplies you can probably count on a visit from the little boat that floats from cove to cove during the summer selling wine, beers, cold drinks, pizza, ice-creams, and sandwiches. You just have to wade out and get it!
Also see: Towns & Villages in Cannes, France