Top 6 Things to Do In Cannes

Top 6 Things to Do In Cannes

Located in the amazing French Riviera, Cannes is a city famous for hosting the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Those that frequent the area do so to get some rest and relaxation, and escape from the bustling of urban life.

You will be able to find luxurious hotels, beautiful beaches, stylish boulevards, fashionable restaurants and many more things that will only show the glamour and exclusivity associated with the area.

If you are planning a trip to Cannes, here are some things that you can do that will allow you to fully appreciate the getaway of the rich and famous.

1. La Croisette


Walk on this mile-long stretch by the beach as you gaze beyond the Bay of Cannes. Voted as the second best thing to do in Cannes by reviewers on TripAdvisor, La Croisette has much to offer to those that visit the area.

From watching the glamourous people around to taking in the natural beauty of the area. The stretch is also well-known for the multi-star hotels and couture shops, along the boulevard.
Stop by to grab a bite at Le Factory Café, located on the boulevard. They serve French and Mediterranean cuisine and have friendly staff and good service. Le Factory Café comes highly recommended by their patrons.

La PlanXa is another great option, located a little further in from the boulevard, the place is more of a steakhouse, barbeque, grill bistro. Voted as the 13th best restaurant in Cannes you will be sure to get a healthy meal at La PlanXa.

Also, go for a stroll along the stretch at night as it would be beautifully lit up by the street lights, and the breeze and calming atmosphere would make for a romantic walk.

2. Marche Forville


Marche Forville is the covered market located to the west of Rue Meynadier. The market is very popular among the people in the area. It is open daily and is the best place to get your shopping done while in Cannes. Buy anything you need from fresh vegetables to pasta noodles if you are staying for a long vacation.

Head over to the market and explore the flea market that is set up there on Monday's. However, even if you are not staying long, walking through the market is a must have experience for anyone that is visiting Cannes.

3. Rue d'Antibes

Not too far from La Croisette, is Rue d'Antibes (Rue meaning road). The street is as charming as it gets in Cannes, lined with houses from the 18th-century that are now boutiques and shops for everything from fashion to wine&cheese.

Shop lot no. 36, L'Atelier Jean-Luc Pelé is a patisserie famous for their macaron. Almost everyone who has tried their treats has given them a 5 out of 5 rating. From chocolates to macaron you can find it here, have some tea to go along with your desert and don't forget to grab a gift box for friend's at home (if it makes it home that it).

If you aren't willing to spend too much at La Croisette, then Rue d'Antibes will have you covered. Buy local perfumes at Fragonard or shop at familiar brands such as Louis Vuitton, there are many other little chic boutiques along the street that cater to all budgets.

4. Palais des Festivals et des Congrès


I know you wanted to know where the Cannes Film Festival is held, well, it's here at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The building was designed by architects Bennett and Druet and completed in 1982, though it undergoes continuous modernization to keep it up-to-date.

Located at 1 boulevard La Croisette, so it would be an easy stop by from your walk along the popular boulevard. The building is used for events all year around, so, don't be surprised if you spot some famous people. It has played host to the events of the G20 Summit, the international music trade show MIDEM, and the MIPTV (International Television Programme Market).

The building has a spacious 25,000 square-meters of event space, as well as numerous rooms, and sophisticated sound and lighting systems in their auditoriums for exhibitors to use for their events.

If you wanted to know, the Cannes Film Festival is held in May and has gained a reputation of discovering, supporting, and promoting excellent films.

5. Notre-Dame de l'Espérance


If you are the type that enjoys culture, history, art and architecture, pay a visit to the Notre-Dame de l'Espérance. The hilltop Gothic-style church was completed in the 16th-century and is the most important church in Cannes. The church also has a notable 17th-century Madonna on the high altar, as well as a statue of Saint Anne that is made out of wood and dates back to 1500s.

The Gothic interior is a sight to see for yourself and the church itself is peaceful and calming. You will find accents of centuries gone by from things such a Renaissance porch, as well as other architectural periods and there is also a piano-organ from 1857. It was also used as a hospital during WWII.

Fun Fact: In July, the church is the venue for a popular summer event called Suquet musical festival.

6. Musée de la Castre


Set on a hill overlooking the Bay of Cannes is Musée de la Castre, formerly occupied medieval monastery, the building is now a historical monument. It is about a 10 minute walk up from Suquet old town, once up there you can enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding areas as well as the surrounding Mediterranean garden.

The Museum itself boast an impressive collection of Mediterranean antiquities, pre-Columbian primitive art, and 19th-century Provencal landscape paintings, as well as exotic art objects from Oceania and the Himalayas.

The area itself is peaceful and relaxing, where visitors can enjoy the natural settings, beautiful views and art.

A guided tour in English will only cost €9,20 and is available from June 15 - September 15 on Fridays at 2:30pm. You can find out more about it here.

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Ferry to St Tropez from Cannes

During your vacation at Cannes you can also head to St Tropez by ferry. Take in the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding French Riviera as you cruise along to St Tropez. It takes about 15-minutes to reach the other side.

The area awaiting your arrival is also famous for celebrity visitors, picturesque village, boutiques, cafés and luxury yachts. Take a walk up to the 17th-century Citadelle de St Tropez for those who enjoy beautiful views over the city, or visit Musée de l'Annonciade to view art from Signac, Denis, Matisse, Picasso and more.