If heading to the South of France for the holiday, Cannes is destination you can’t miss. Known across the world for its International Film Festival, Cannes is also very busy all year long. Whether you are in Cannes for pleasure or for an event, here are the top things to do in Cannes:
1. Le Suquet
Loose yourself in the old Medieval quarter of Cannes, Le Suquet. Climb up and have a wander through the winding streets. There you can discover the very typical architecture of the Old Town. You will find plenty of restaurants in those narrows streets as well.
When reaching the top you will find a place where you will find Cannes’ iconic clock tower. The view you get from there is spectacular, the Baie de Cannes and Iles de Lerins will be at your feet.
One thing that you shouldn’t miss in Le Suquet is the old chateau, that once was property of the Lerins Abbey and now hosts the Musee de la Castre. This museum showcases a collection of primal arts from around the world as well as an extensive collection of musical instruments. Climb up the Tour Carree, or squared tower, that was built in the 12th century, to get a 360 degrees view of the town and its surroundings.
2. Le marche Forville
On your way down back to the city centre make sure you stop by le Marche Forville, the town’s market.
This covered market burts with local producers, from fresh fish to flowers and seasonal produces, you will find there a real provencal feel.
Opened every morning from Tuesday to Sunday, you will also find it opened on Mondays from 7am til 5.30pm exclusively selling antiques.
3. La Croisette
La Croisette is to Cannes what Les Champs Elysees are to Paris. Make sure you take a walk along the 3 kms promenade. Starting next to the Palais des Festival you will see the beautiful private beaches and palaces. Stop to admire the stunning architecture of the Carlton and take a moment to watch the sea, sitting in one of Cannes’ blue chairs.
Once well rested, if you fancy a longer walk, head towards the end of the Croisette and discover a quieter part of Cannes, the Palm Beach. From one side you will see up to Antibes and on the other side you will be so close to Les Iles de Lerins that it feels like you can almost touch them.
4. Les Iles de Lerins
Made up of four smalls islands, of which the bigger two are accessible by ferry, the Ile Sainte-Marguerite and the Ile Saint-Honorat.
The Sainte-Marguerite Island is the first Island you will see from Cannes, it is also the biggest one. To reach it from Cannes, you will need to take a boat, regular boat departures are possible throughout the day.
Once there you will discover a beautiful pine forest and the most beautiful beaches in Cannes. If you enjoy some beach time, this is where you should go as you will find some idyllic beaches. From one side of the island you will see Cannes and from the other side you will see the other island Saint-Honorat. In the Summer you will see hundreds of private boats moored in between the two islands.
Le Musee de la Mer, or the Museum of the Sea is located not far from the Pier. Located in the most ancient part of the fort, you will find there the cell of the very famous and mysterious “Homme au masque de fer” or “Man in the Iron Mask” in english.
The Saint-Honorat island is the smallest island, located slightly further back. Exclusively inhabited by monks, they share their time mainly between prayers and producing wine.
Also accessible by boat, the monastery is a must-see. The island is perfect for meditation and peace.
Last but not least, one of the top things to do in Cannes is obviously some shopping!
Walking on the hotel side of the Croisette you will find there a succession of luxury boutiques. Do some window shopping or treat yourself, this is a must-do experience in Cannes.
Head to the very busy Rue d’Antibes where you will find the biggest prêt-à-porter brands. Have a wander through the Rue Meynadier too. Popular and historic street of Cannes, and pedestrian from end to end, you will find some of the best gourmet addresses in Cannes.
We hope you now feel ready to head to Cannes for a day (or more) in the French Riviera. If you are looking for accomodations, HB Property has a selection of beautiful villas and flats. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!