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Cruise over to Fort Royal on Île Sainte-Marguerite (part of the Lérins Islands) to see this historic structure. Built in the early 17th century to defend the entrance to Cannes, the fort later became a state prison in 1685 and housed the mysterious "man in the iron mask" – a famous prisoner whose face was always hidden and whose true identity is still debated among historians to this day. But before the island sheltered the fort, it was occupied by the Romans.

Reviewers said the fort has an interesting history and offers great views of Cannes. Others recommended perusing the Museum of the Sea, which displays a variety of exhibits detailing ship wrecks that were discovered off the shores of the Islands of Lérins, as well as a model of the ancient Roman water reservoir system.

Today, you can tour some prison cells when you visit the fort, and several companies offer cruises between Cannes and the island. Tickets cost 6 euros ($6.60) per person, and the fort is open varying hours depending on the month and season. Visit the official website for more information.

To reach the island, you can hop on a ferry boat from Cannes. Companies like Horizon, Riviera Lines, Trans Côte d'Azur and Planaria offer rides, which take about 15 minutes, to the Lérins Islands. Round-trip tickets usually cost around 15 euros (about $16.50).

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