I’ve been going to Cannes every year for one week in July since I was born. I go there to visit my aunt and uncle who own a house there, and I only get to see them once or twice a year. I love the sun, I love the sound of cicadas, I love the beach, I love the relaxing sounds, the warm evenings, and the hot afternoons. I have always loved this city and its areas for being one of the most sunny places in France, but also because it has so many different resources that people often forget to take advantage of.
Here are a few places you might want to go to when visiting Cannes and its surrounding areas:
The touristy places you might want to visit
La croisette : You might want to park your car beforehand for this one, because this is next to a beach that is only allowed for pedestrians. You can find all sorts of snacks, some restaurants on piers, and loads and loads of people! It is located in the center of Cannes above beaches (where you might not want to go unless you like being stalked by people enjoying their walk and their kebabs). This is a great place to go if you just want to go for a little walk, admire the bay, and enjoy the sun.
Boulevard de la Croisette : This is the street right in front of “La croisette”, this is where you will find every single luxurious brand like Chanel , Dior, Fendi, etc…
Le Palais des festivals : It is the famous place where, every year in May, important people walk on the red carpet for the film festival called “Festival de Cannes” (kind of like the oscars if you want a good comparison, but not as big). They leave the red carpet on the stairs all year so if you pass nearby you’ll be able to take a picture in front of it.
Rue d’antibes : In english “Antibes street” is a street like Oxford street in London or Rivoli in Paris. If you want to go shopping during your trip you might want to hop by . Here you will find some high street brands like Zara, Sephora, Calzedonia, Mango or Pull and bear but also shops such as Comptoir des Cotonniers, Zadig et Voltaire, IKKS, The Kooples.
Visiting walks and nature :
Lérins Islands : This is a group of islands located right in front of Cannes. The island that I recommend is “L’ile Sainte-Marguerite”. This island protects its beautiful nature, and you may want to go there if you want to go on long and nice revitalising walk while visiting around this beautiful island.
The Esterel : It’s been three years since I have been hiking here with my dad and my cousin. The Esterel goes from the cities of Mandelieu and Cannes to Saint-Raphël and Fréjus , so if you know that area… yeah, it’s pretty big . It’s the perfect place to go on a hike ; it’s all so calm, the only thing you can here are the grasshoppers. But I recommend going there early in the morning or late in the evening, because it might be too hot in the afternoon.
Relaxing afternoons in the sun :
If when coming here, you don’t want to visit, go shopping, hike or walk in any type of way, don’t worry a single second, I have something for you. If you don’t have a pool, just go to the beach, grab a book, magazines, beach towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and you’re ready to go ! You can relax on the beach all day without worrying about anything that is happening around you. Nevertheless, don’t go on touristic beaches filled with people, or the ones right next to the roads (that might seem a little weird to some of you but yes, there are tiny beaches stuck on huge roads that you might not want to go to) . Find a calm and nice little beach, you can even go in little coves if you want something a little more private.
Here is some footage from my trip to Cannes.