FRANCE -- the quiet side of Cannes
The transparent waters off of Isle Ste. Marguerite
Most people when they think of Cannes, think of the annual Cannes Film Festival which has had celebrities (and paparazzi)flocking to the small, Mediterranean town for the last 60 years. Either that or they get stuck on how to properly pronounce the name (it's "Can," even though it seems to go against linguistic logic).
But Cannes has another side to it, away from all the high-end glitz and glamour, and this is what makes the town a worthwhile stop. While I myself was a bit dissapointed by Cannes unoriginality and lack of atmosphere, I did stumble across a reason to return.
Docking at the ferry terminal
As Sails Pass By
The Island of Ste. Marguerite is a mere 15 minute ferry ride from the yacht-strewn docks of Cannes, yet feels a million miles away. Here you are free to stroll among pine and eucalyptus trees, walk through fields of fragrant lavender and find a small piece of rocky shore to call your own. The waters around the island are as warm as bathwater and are surprisingly clear, a very inviting option on a stifling summer day. If all this peace and tranquility proves to be too much for you, the magestic 17th century Vauban Fort will stimulate your mind. Here the prison holds the legend of the Man in the Iron Mask , as well as a remarkable Maritime Musuem.
The stronghold of Vauban Fort
There is no accommodation on the island, which adds to the calmness, but there is plenty to be found on the mainland. A good bet is Hotel Iris, which has clean and spacious dorms (I had one all to myself) as well as an on-site Mexican restaurant which serves the best kick-ass Pina Colada on the Continent.
Provencal Roads (click to englarge)
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