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Ile Saint-Honorat, France
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Saint-Honorat and Saint-Marguerite islands form the Iles de Lérins archipelago off the bay of Cannes, about a mile off shore from French Riviera town of Cannes. Saint-Honorat is the smallest island. It is about one mile (1.5 km) in length (from east to west) and 0.25 miles (400 m) wide. The Île de Saint-Honorat bears the name of the founder of the monastery of Lérins, Saint Honoratus. For 16 centuries the island has been a place of monastic life serving as a home for the Cistercian monastery. At the height of their power monks owned Cannes, Mougins and Vallauris.
What Makes It Special
Many people associate the Cote d'Azur and French Riviera with glitter and glamour, glitzy hotels, Hollywood stars, large estates, expensive boats and super yachts. Together with these attributes of human civilization come crowds, traffic, noise, night life, gambling - you name it. Yet, just 2.5 miles (4 km) from Cannes (one of the "stars" of the French Riviera ), within 15-minute boat ride there is an oasis of peace and tranquility, solitude and devotion.
Directions To Destination
To Paris by Plane:To Paris you can get by plane. Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG, ICAO: LFPG) is one of the world's major aviation centers, as well as the main airport in France. The airport serves as the principal hub for Air France and is a European hub for Delta Air Lines.
From Paris to Nice to Cannes:By air:
From Paris there is no plane to Cannes. You need to fly to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, NCE, which is the principal port of arrival for passengers to Côte d'Azur. The Nice international airport is a 30-minute drive 3.7 miles (5.9 km) northeast of town Nice. Buses pick up passengers at the airport every 40 minutes during the day and drop them at the Gare Routière, place de l'Hôtel de Ville. Bus fare is €6. Than you can take a train or car to Cannes. It takes 35 minutes by train to get to Cannes from Nice. By car from Nice follow route A8 southwest to Cannes.
From Paris to Cannes:
Trains from Paris (and the rest of France) arrive frequently throughout the day to Cannes. The TGV from Paris via Marseille reaches Cannes in about 5.5 to 6 hours. The one-way fare from Paris is ranges between €50 to €95
From Paris, the journey takes 8 hours via the route A8 motorway; from Monaco and Nice, the same road provides access from the opposite direction.
From Cannes to Île Saint-Honorat:The boat out of Cannes runs hourly throughout the day, the last one is leaving the island at 5:30 PM. The break is from 12:00 PM to 14:00 PM for lunch. The trip to the island takes about 20 minutes. You can buy tickets in advance at the port especially in high season when spaces in a boat fill up quickly. A round trip ticket is €12 for one adult, €9,50 for groups of more than 10.
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Best Time To Go
The best time to visit is in April, May and September. Most of the time, the weather is excellent during these months and you will avoid the tourist high season.
Where To Stay
There are no regular hotels on the island. However, it is possible to stay at the Abbey's hotel (closed in November). Such accommodations are arranged on an individual basis. Couples can be accepted as well. Maximum length of stay is one week. The accommodations are reserved for people looking for a place to meditate or pray, or just enjoy the silence. Visitors can participate in the monastic way of life including working, praying, studying and eating with monks. Participation in the liturgical prayers is recommended. It is possible to be guided by a brother, and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation (also known as confession or penance). The best way to reserve a stay at St Honorat is to call the hotelier brother at +33 (0)4 92 99 54 20. Apply two months in advance. At the time of reservation you will pay €12 per person/night. Cancellations with full refund can be done two months in advance.
Sightseeing, walking, bathing and sunbathing. If you stay at the Abbey's hotel, you can participate in the monastic way of life including working, praying, studying and eating with monks.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
It is possible to visit the island and St. Honorat Monastery in just three hours. However, to really enjoy the place and allocate time for swimming or sunbathing you should allocate a day.
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