Cannes, located on the French Riviera, is a popular destination for travelers from around the world. This stunning city is known for its glamorous film festival, high-end shopping, and luxury yachts. But there is so much more to Cannes than just the glitz and glamour.
What to do in Cannes: in this article, we’ll take you through some of the best things to do in Cannes and the area.
What to do in Cannes: stroll down the promenade de la Croisette
One of the best ways to experience Cannes is to take a leisurely stroll down the Promenade de la Croisette. This iconic palm-lined boulevard stretches for two kilometers along the coastline and is home to some of the most exclusive hotels, restaurants, and shops in Cannes. Take in the stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, watch the yachts in the harbor, and enjoy the lively atmosphere of this famous promenade.
Explore the Old Town of Cannes
Cannes’ Old Town, also known as Le Suquet, is a charming area of narrow streets, colorful houses, and stunning views of the city and sea. Explore the winding streets, visit the Notre-Dame de l’Espérance church, and climb up to the top of the hill for panoramic views of the city. Enjoy the sunset from le Suquet.
Musée de la Castre
Musée des explorations du monde
Place de la Castre – Le Suquet
Musée Victor Tuby (The Victor Toby Museum houses the ancient Forville mill dating back to the 14th)
17, rue Forville
Visit the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is the iconic building that hosts the Cannes Film Festival every year. Even if you’re not in town during the festival, it’s worth visiting this impressive building. Take a guided tour and learn about the history of the film festival and the famous stars who have graced its red carpet.
Trip to the Lérins islands
Just a short boat ride away from Cannes are the Lérins Islands, a beautiful archipelago consisting of two islands – Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat. Sainte-Marguerite is home to a stunning fortress that once held the famous prisoner, the Man in the Iron Mask. Saint-Honorat is home to an active monastery that has been in operation since the 5th century(small wine and liquor store).
Musée de la Mer
Located in the exceptional natural setting of Île Sainte-Marguerite, the largest and wildest of the Lérins islands, the Museum of the Sea in Cannes offers visitors collections based on underwater and land archaeology.
Wild Mediterranean nature in the Lerins islands
Shop at Marché Forville
For a taste of local life, head to the Marché Forville, a bustling market selling everything from fresh Italian and French produce to flowers and souvenirs.
Located in the heart of Cannes, this market is a great place to stock up on picnic ingredients and enjoy a drink in one of the little ‘cafés’.
Le Suquet offers a superb panoramic view over the bay of Cannes and its old port.
What to do in Cannes: relax on la Croisette beach
Cannes is known for its glamorous beaches, and there are plenty to choose from. Whether you want to lounge at a private beach club or relax on a public beach, there’s a beach in Cannes for you. Some of the most popular beaches are the Plage du Martinez (part of the larger Plage de la Croisette) and the Plage du Midi (public beach).
Indulge in a refreshing drink at the revitalized Carlton Hotel and unveil its newly transformed garden.
A sea of greenery awaits in the heart of La Croisette.
Off the beaten track: visit La Garoupe lighthouse
The iconic La Garoupe lighthouse in Antibes offers limited public access throughout the year.
Step inside and enjoy the seaview.
The lighthouse is within boating distance from Cannes by tender.
Not receommended to elder people.