An ancient fishing village, a seaside resort for wealthy tourists since the 19th century, Cannes is world famous for its cinema festival, the Croisette and its luxury hotels. You are chilly to visit Cannes because of its reputation as a seaside luxury city at exorbitant cost? Your prejudices will lose ground to see all that the city conceals. because Cannes is not only the Croisette and the obscene ostentation of wealth pushed to its climax. A visit to Cannes allows you to explore the authenticity of an old center that has preserved its Provencal life, its picturesque markets, a splendid turquoise bay and much more.
What to do in Cannes? This city of 74,673 inhabitants, which sees its population triple in summer, has many things to do and see: art exhibitions, breathtaking landscapes that blaze in the sun, beautiful beaches, gourmet breaks, historical museums of Cannes, etc. Here are some unmissable for those who really wonder what to do in Cannes.
The 6 essential things to do in Cannes
1. Le Suquet, authentic old town
In the old quarter, walk along the narrow streets of Suquet and enjoy the tranquility that seems to reign there, far from the tumult of La Croisette. A 360 ° panorama of the sea and the city will be offered to you by climbing to the top of the square tower of the castle. Visit the Church of Our Lady of Hope, a Gothic building of the 17th century. Take a picture of the famous buildings with colorful blue shutters, emblematic of Provence. Missing more than a sprig of lavender at the windows!
2. The Forville Market
Located at the foot of Suquet, the Forville market has a reputation as a quality market, fresh produce and offer a wide variety of products. Because even the inhabitants of the neighboring communes come to stock there. It is a covered market, one of the most popular places in Suquet, where fishermen and market gardeners meet every morning. It is the social lung of the city. Smell the perfumes of fruits and vegetables, glean the specialties of small local producers and savor the freshness of the fish just caught. A Provencal specialty: Socca, a slab made from chickpea flour.
3. The Malmaison Art Center
On the Croisette, here is a rich collection of photos of artists sometimes unknown but talented – such as Lee Miller and André Villers – and twenty sculptures: the art center La Malmaison, which will delight lovers of contemporary art and offer an artistic and relaxing break in the middle of a comfortable anthill that is the Croisette.
4. The Castre Museum
Located on the heights, in an old castle listed on the list of Historical Monuments, the museum of Castre includes a collection of primitive art as well as many Mediterranean antiques. You will find paintings of 19th-century landscapes representing the Côte d’Azur. The museum also displays a large collection of musical instruments from around the world. At the end of the visit, climb the 109 steps of the square tower, for a breathtaking view of the bay of Cannes.
5. The Palais des Festivals (Palace of Festivals)
A must-see for cinema lovers who come to visit Cannes, the Palais des Festivals is the venue for the film festival in May. Set foot on the Walk of the Stars – and follow in the footsteps of the best-known actors: Mr. Monroe, C. Chaplin, B. Pitt, G. Clooney, R. De Niro, G. Depardieu, J Reno, L. de Funès, & c. The best-known movie buff climbed the steps and the famous red carpet. Do the same and take yourself for an international star! The Palais des Festivals is obviously inaccessible during Cannes festival period.
6. Other ideas for visiting Cannes
- Stroll through the charming California – Pezou district and visit the Bellini Chapel Museum
- 15 minutes from Cannes by ferry, you can visit the Lerins Islands
- Take a hike in the Massif de l’Esterel, 20 minutes from Cannes by car
- Not to mention the beaches of Cannes
How to get to Cannes?
Cannes has its own airport, Cannes-Mandelieu Airport, but no airline offers flights. To get to Cannes by plane, you have to go to Nice International Airport, which is served by most classic and low-cost airlines. A shuttle is then planned to transport you to Cannes. To find a cheap flight to Cannes, you can do your search on the website of our partner Skyscanner.
It’s, of course, possible to go to Cannes by train by direct route from Paris (or with connection to Marseille) and other cities.
Where to stay in Cannes
Belle Epoque hotels and villas along the Boulevard de la Croisette are generally off budget if you want to visit Cannes a few days, especially during the beautiful days of April to October … To find more affordable hotels, look rather in the old- center for example around the Forville Market or in the streets around the Rue d’Antibes. You can find a cheap hotel in Cannes by searching for this hotel comparison.
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