The largest of the three Lérin islands is a 15-minute boat ride from Cannes. In ancient times it was called Léro. Numerous boat companies make the crossing from the old port. Also inhabiting this island is a 17th-century fort, which houses the Maritime Museum. This fort was once a prison and was the home to the unidentified character, known as the man in the iron mask.
Completed in 1648, Notre-Dame d'Espérance is a beautiful Provençal Gothic church. Its charm lies in its wood-paneling, which dates back to the 14th and 15th Centuries. Also worth a look is the collection of 19th-Century paintings, which include a fresco by George Roux that portrays the baptism of Christ. Statues of Saint Anne and Notre-Dame d'Espérance (both in gilded wood) from the 15th and 18th Centuries are worth checking out. Situated on top of Suquet hill in old Cannes, the church offers visitors a fabulous view of the town and its bay. One of the fishermen's favorite saints, Notre-Dame d'Espérance is also called upon to heal the sick.
Several companies offer a wide choice of sailboats and boat trips to these beautiful and relatively wild islands. Less than half an hour's boat ride away, the smaller of the two islands, Saint-Honorat, has an active monastery, a museum, and an abbey. The larger, Sainte-Marguerite Island's claim to fame is its old fort, where the legendary Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned. Also worth a look while visiting this pleasant car-free sanctuary is the Musée de la Mer, which is home to an impressive collection of archaeological treasures and relics.
Founded in 410 by Saint Honorat, Monastère et Abbaye de Lérins is currently inhabited by a community of 30 Cistercian monks who observe the rules of Saint Benoît. There are seven other chapels around the island, some of which date back to the Middle Ages. You can also visit a museum (ancient archaeology, paintings, historical information on the monastery), a church, and an old fortified monastery. The monastery is also a retreat, and you can buy products made by the monks - try the Lérina liqueur.
Preserving the ambition and creativity of renowned contemporary artists Hartung Bergman and Anna-Eva Bergman is the Fondation Hartung Bergman. Opened by the couple themselves, this art destination exhibits their best works and also includes spaces for new and budding talent to exhibit their work. Nurturing contemporary art to this day, the Fondation Hartung Bergman is a must visit for all enthusiasts. It is open every Friday at 2p from April to October for all.
Le Suquet is a picturesque neighborhood of Cannes that features old buildings with a rustic charm of the bygone eras. It is a paradise for tourists who can explore the many restaurants and eateries. The Marché Forville market also attracts many visitors during the daytime. There is a clock-tower facing the Bay of Cannes. The beautiful neighborhood does not fail to leave tourists in awe.
Over the years, this theatre has become an institution. A lot of dedication and work goes into presenting the weighty year-long program presented by Henri Legendre, who is director, actor, and producer as the need arises. Generally, you'll see more classic, canonic plays here (like Molière or Sartre), but always presented with mastery and finesse. It's worth noting that Henri Legendre is a long-time friend of Arrabal. If you're lucky, you'll be in Nice for one of their astonishing performances. The théâtre de l'Alphabet is tiny; you'd better reserve your seats in advance.
Cannes' Protestant church is only open to visitors during Sunday service, which is held between 10:30a-11:30a. Built in 1874, the church (despite its austere interior) has impressive acoustics, which make it a much sought-after setting for organ recitals, chamber and classical music concerts in association with the MIDEM classique.
The sea, horizon, clouds, the movements of the paintings are light and like air... these motifs illustrate well the art that is presented at Mario Berrino's gallery. The gallery displays about thirty paintings, and those who appreciate movement and the power of color should be sure to check out the Galerie Berrino.
The Cannet in Cannes is one of the better parts to be in while visiting the city. Be it a business trip or a holiday, travelers will love this place for its shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions. The place also makes way for exploring Cannes' rich culture, hospitality and charm. The Cannet is also where local community festivals, open air concerts and other cultural acts are held.
Cite Episcopale is a religious complex comprising cluster of tourist attractions and landmarks. It has a cathedral, baptistery and cloister that make for an interesting sightseeing trip. The 16th-century Cathedral St-Leone has a beautiful facade and Renaissance style art work complete with ornate sculpting. If the cathedral leaves you awe-struck, the baptistery that dates back to the fifth century is splendid too. However, the highlight is the cloister which is adorned with colorful paintings of animals. This complex represents the artistic and creative skills of the artisans of the bygone era.