Cannes to St Tropez by Boat: From Monaco and its Casino, through Nice to Cannes and beyond, the Riviera coastline and attractions are world famous. Cannes is easily accessible by car (lots of car parks, but go weekdays and early!), or by a lovely train journey from Grasse, which puts you on the seafront just a minute or two from Cannes Palais des Festivals. You can pose on the red carpet, stroll along the wide promenade, window shop in the international stores which line the seafront, enjoy the beach and its many restaurants and cafes, or explore Le Suquet, the quaint old town on the hill.

Electric tourist trains offer a variety of regular tours for the foot weary from just outside the Palais. You can also jump aboard a boat from Cannes to St Tropez. As you enjoy the crossing to St Tropez admire the Mediterranean coast from the sea.

Île Saint-Honorat, off Cannes: This intriguing little island is named after the monk, Honoratus, who founded a monastery there in 410 AD. The historic abbey known as Notre Dame de Lerins is the most popular attraction, with its austere architecture and a shop selling items made by the 28 monks who live there. Several other chapels and churches dot the landscape, which is full of peaceful pines and a dramatic coast.

Île Sainte-Marguerite, off Cannes: The sister island of Saint-Honorat, Sainte-Marguerite has three restaurants and a maritime museum for visitors to enjoy. Beautiful rocky beaches and majestic pines and oaks make this a great place for nature, or visitors can head to the fort that was built to protect the island from the Spanish in the 1600's. A cell in the fort is said to have once held the mythical "Man in the Iron Mask," whose identity remains a mystery.

Antibes: Vielle Antibes is a fantastic place to visit, tucked inside the medieval rampart walls. There are lots of shops and markets to browse in, and for the seafarers, the opportunity to admire the magnificent boats moored in the harbour next door. For modern art lovers, the Musée Picasso holds the entire output, including 200 ceramics, from his exuberant time in the Meditteranean in 1945.

Frejus to Cannes Returning perhaps from the Waterpark at Frejus, or crossing through the forested hills on the quiet back road from Lake Tanneron, you can enjoy a wonderfully scenic drive up the coast, especially in the evening, when the Red Rocks of Esterel glow in the setting sun. The natural beauty of the rocks and deep blue sky and water are stunning.

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