Lérins Islands, Cannes, France
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Lérins IslandsJust a 15-minute ferry ride from the glitz and glamour of Cannes, the Lérins Islands look like lipstick marks left by a star’s kiss. Ste-Marguerite is home to just 20 residents, who share their 15 beaches with day-trippers looking for a peaceful escape from the Riviera scene. Also on the island is a Vauban-designed fortress, which was once the home of the Man in the Iron Mask and today houses the Maritime Museum. Just a stone’s throw away, St-Honorat features a 5th-century abbey where monks make a nationally acclaimed wine that can be enjoyed on the abbey’s restaurant terrace overlooking the sea.