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Host of the annual Cannes Film Festival

It hosts one of the most prestigious International film festivals in the world, but Cannes is more than a travel destination for filmophiles. Fashionistas and fun-seekers will find an exclusive city with high-end restaurants, exotic nightlife, luxury boutiques, and designer fashion shops lining La Croisette. Cannes is an amazing experience for the posh traveler, but it attracts history lovers as well, as no other town on the French Riviera has such a dramatic and mysterious past. One example? The famous Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned on the Ile Sainte-Marguerite, half a mile off shore from the city.

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Île Sainte-Marguerite

Île Sainte-Marguerite

Famous The largest Lerin Island

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The largest Lerin Island Editors' Note

Île Sainte-Marguerite is the largest of the trio of islands that make up the Lerins, and can be reached vai a 15 minute ferry ride from the mainland.

Île Sainte-Marguerite used to be known as “Lero” in ancient times. It houses an excellent maritime musuem, and a fantastic 17th century era fort.

Île Sainte-Marguerite also served as a prison for a while, and was the secretive home of a legendary character in French folklore - the man in the iron mask.

Île Sainte-Marguerite
Île Sainte-Marguerite, Cannes
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