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Best things to do in Cannes | Visiting Cannes

How to visit Cannes? What to see in Cannes? What are the best things to do to visit Cannes? Cannes is one of the most famous cities on the French Riviera, so it is one of the must-visit cities if you want to discover this part of France.

  1. Best things to do for visiting Cannes ?
  2. Where to stay in Cannes? ?
  3. Delicious places where to eat in Cannes ?
  4. What to visit around? ?
  5. How to get to Cannes? ?
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1. Best things to do when visiting Cannes

Here are the TOP 9 places to visit and things to do and not to miss in Cannes:

  1. Take a walk on the Croisette
  2. Climb the steps of the Palais des Festivals
  3. Visit the Old Port of Cannes
  4. Discover the Suquet district and its steep streets
  5. Take a trip to the Allées de la Liberté market (daily flower market and flea market on weekends)
  6. Go to Sainte-Marguerite Island from Cannes (book the round trip by ferry from Cannes)
  7. Take a walk in the Croix-des-Gardes forest park
  8. Visit the Château de la Castre
  9. Discover the Calanques d’EstĂ©rel from Cannes by boat: you can enjoy the creeks, beautiful landscapes, and caves by boat from Cannes (a 2.5-hour boat trip from Cannes).

How many days for visiting Cannes? The city of Cannes is not very big. You can do everything to visit the old town of Cannes and the Croisette in one day. On the other hand, if you want to go on boat trips or discover Cannes more quietly, you can stay there for one night or more. Otherwise, there are also plenty of fascinating places to visit around Cannes (see below).

2. Where to stay for visiting Cannes?

Cannes is the mythical destination of the French Riviera, not to be missed (see more in this post: Best things to visit on the French Riviera). So, spending a night here is memorable: you can stroll along the Croisette in the evening and enjoy Cannes and its evening atmosphere.

Where to stay in Cannes? Among the most famous 5-star hotels in Cannes, there is, of course, the Carlton or the Majestic. For visiting Cannes during a romantic weekend, you can choose these great hotels and palaces to mark your stay. Otherwise, with more affordable rates, you can book one or more nights at Hotel America or Hotel Splendid, located on the beach!

Rent an apartment in Cannes. If you want to visit Cannes and the surrounding area, you can stay several nights in Cannes and opt for an apartment with a kitchen. If you are going to Cannes with family or friends, here is an apartment that can accommodate up to 5 people: 2 bedroom apartment. It is located in the Suquet district, so it is ideal for visits and the beach. And in addition, it has parking and a terrace!

Good to know! Cannes attracts a lot of visitors in summer. Booking a few months in advance is best to have a broader choice of accommodation. In addition to hotels and apartments, if you come to Cannes or the French Riviera with family or friends, you can opt for a villa rental: a selection of villa rentals on the French Riviera.

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3. Delicious places where to eat in Cannes

If you want to visit Cannes in 1 day or more, here are some excellent places to eat in Cannes.

  • L’Affable is a contemporary bistro serving regional cuisine at 5 Rue la Fontaine. A chic and sober atmosphere and a good value for money.
  • CafĂ© Brun Cannes is a cafĂ© with an outdoor terrace located on a small street (11 Rue Rouguière). It is an excellent place to eat when visiting Cannes to enjoy its sun!
  • The Tube Restaurant is located at 10 Rue Florian. An excellent modern and chic industrial decor and a bistro-gastronomic menu! A wonderful place to have a good time in Cannes.
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4. What to visit around Cannes?

Among the most exciting places not to be missed around Cannes, we have:

If you want to discover the French Riviera, it is possible to visit all these places during a one-week road trip or a weekend on the French Riviera.

5. How to get to Cannes by train or car?

By car. For visiting Cannes, plan more than 4 hours to go to Cannes from Lyon, about 3 hours from Montpellier, and less than 2 hours from Marseille.

By train. You can visit Cannes and the French Riviera by train! For example, you can come and visit Cannes from Paris. The train is direct and runs at high speed until Marseille, then to normal speed until Cannes. About 5h is needed from Paris to Cannes by train.

By plane. Flying is the fastest option in terms of travel time, but you also have to add airport transfers. For example, you can fly to Cannes in 1 hour from Lyon, 1h30 from Paris, and 1h10 from Toulouse.

If you want to visit the French Riviera, Cannes is obviously one of the must-visit destinations! On the other hand, you should know that travelers from all over the world come to Cannes. The accommodation prices are therefore not among the most affordable. So, if you want to visit the French Riviera, plan your stay in advance to have more choices. Have a great trip, everyone!

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Louis and Emilie

We once heard visitors in Paris saying that the French are not the most welcoming people. It made us sad. That's why we started this blog! So you can get the best information for your travel to France! Of course, we love Paris. We have lived in multiple areas, from Canal St Martin to right next to the Eiffel Tower. We also explore regions of France whenever we can. Our favorites for a weekend away from Paris are Etretat and Mont Saint Michel. The beautiful French Riviera is a marvelous place to explore for a week.

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