How to Spend 1 Day in Cannes
Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the hills of Provence, the resort city of Cannes is known for its celebrity-packed film festival, but offers plenty to do all year with a mix of historical sights, walkable neighborhoods, and postcard-worthy scenery. Here are a few ways to spend 24 hours in this French Riviera hot spot.
Morning: Take a land or sea excursion
Take advantage of the morning air and light (great for photos) by getting out on the water. For a bit of French history, head to Ile Sainte-Marguerite, an island 15 minutes off the coast of Cannes by ferry, where you can hike and visit the 17th-century prison. Or, opt for a VIP-style experience by booking a private motorboat, and spend a few hours savoring views of the coast and swimming in the Mediterranean. Alternatively, go inland on a day trip to villages such as Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Grasse.
Afternoon: Explore the town
Get to know Cannes, and enjoy the sea breeze and waterfront views on a Vespa, Segway, or bike tour (or rent a bike on your own). Check out attractions such as the Palais des Festivals, La Croisette, Le Suquet (old town), the port, and Palm Beach.
Night: Have an evening adventure
Sail away on a catamaran to watch the sunset and admire the city as it lights up for the night. Cruises are a good way to meet other travelers, and some include a glass of wine or Champagne. For something more lively, head to the tiny country of Monaco—just 35 miles (56 kilometers) up the coast—on a night tour that introduces you to the glitz of Monte Carlo, famous for its casino and Formula One Monaco Grand Prix race circuit.