Located on the island of Saint Honorat, is the Lerins Abbey which dates back to the 5th century. Still occupied by monks, it is possible to receive a guided tour and re-charge your spiritual batteries.
The present community of monks are on the Island as a result of the arrival on the island of the first Cistercian monks from Senanque (near Avignon) in 1869.
There are many ancient chapels surrounding the monastery, plus the stunning surrounding flora and fauna for you to stroll around and discover the beauty of the site. The island is maintained and cultivated ecologically preserved. You can visit the historic monument of the fortified monastery and discover ancient chapels around the perimeter of the island.
It is also possible to participate with the monastic community and, although there are parts of the monastic settlements that are not accessible to the public, the church is still open. If you want to go longer for you to recharge, enjoy the silence, pray... you have the opportunity to stay on the island, in the hospitality of the Abbey.
The vineyards of the Abbaye, where the monks produce wines from a rigorous selection of the best grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Mourvèdre, Syrah. The careful work of the monks allows the production of seven great vintages: St Salonius, St Lambert, St.Césaire, St Sauveur, St Cyprien, St Honorat & St Pierre which are recognized by famous chefs as one the best and finest French wines.
- "Just a short boat journey or ferry ride from Cannes. The island is unspoilt and is such a relaxing place to walk around & visit the old fortified ruin by the working monastery" - Trip Advisor
- "Lovely walk around this small island with the vineyards. A must see, thoroughly enjoyed the walk, little shop with the local made alcohol and teas. Very friendly and welcoming and the water is so clear!!" - Trip Advisor
- "The Ile St Honorat where the Abbey is located is a beautiful and tranquil island with 16th century Abbey. Roam around the beautiful woods, enjoy the view of the vineyards, climb up to the fortified tower, visit the church still in use, and end your tour at La Tonnell restaurant. Make a reservation if you are going in high season -- the food is locally produced and the wines made by the monks. The view is of St Margarite island and back to Cannes. Or take your own picnic and eat on one of the walls overlooking the sea. It was a little difficult to find the ferry -- but head towards the Radisson Hotel and you'll see the signs." - Trip Advisor
When to come
Boats depart from Cannes approximately every hour, from 09:00 to 16:30, with an earlier trip at 08:00 on Sundays and holidays, and a later one at 17:30 from 1 June to 30 September.
How to get passes
You need to buy a boat trip ticket to reach the abbey. They cost 16.50€ (or 14€ if you buy them online) for a return trip. Students, seniors and unemployed people can purchase tickets at a reduced price of 14€, children from 5 to 10 years old pay 8.50€. It is free for children under 5, and groups also have discounts.
- Isle de Saint Honorat