1 day in Cannes – what to see and do [with photos]

Famous blue chairs on Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes

Famous blue chairs on Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes

Some people may think of Cannes as a place only for the rich and famous, or only worth visiting during the film festival. However, Cannes has a diversity of historical, cultural and festive events for the whole family that guarantees to offer the visitor great entertainment. Rest assure you will be busy for days.

But if you only have a day to spend in Cannes, here are some lovely sites you can visit. All the photos are arranged in the exact way the day was spent.


We started our day at 10 in the morning and our first stop was at the famous Market in the old town of Cannes. There are 3 markets in Cannes and they are all cover, so you’re in the shade when shopping for French food goodies.

Forville Market (Marché Forville) in Le Suquet.

Forville Market (Marché Forville) in Le Suquet

The French are very particular when it comes to eating, and more so for foods that are in season. Usually, at the markets (any of them), you’ll find fruits and vegetables (and in some cases meats) that are in season, in all their glorious smell, color, and taste.

Forville Market (Marché Forville) in Le Suquet.

Forville Market (Marché Forville) in Le Suquet

After the market, walking up to the Old Town is absolutely magic. On your way, don’t forget to stop and admire the famous wall paintings at the Cannes bus station, celebrating the many years of the famous Cannes Film Festival.

Wall painting Cinema Cannes

Wall painting Cinema Cannes

Walking to Le Suquet Old Town Cannes

Walking to Le Suquet Old Town Cannes

With its historical diversity, cultural and natural attractions as a visitor, you’ll be entertainment from morning to night.

There are many stairways going up and down Le Suquet, so be sure that you wear comfortable shoes, your feet will thank you.

Stairway to the Old Town, Le Suquet Cannes

Stairway to the Old Town, Le Suquet Cannes

Clock Tower Le Suquet, Cannes

Clock Tower Le Suquet, Cannes

There are museums, historical monuments, Lerins Islands, churches, charming French villas, castles, sites of historical sites. And in the heart of the city, you’ll find the old the Cannes, Le Suquet.

View of the Cannes bay from The Castre Museum (Musee de la Castre)

View of the Cannes bay from The Castre Museum (Musee de la Castre)

The beautiful and historical Castre Museum is not to be missed. You will lovely views from the top. It very shaded in the hot summer months, and great to just sit and relax on the ground. Click here for opening hours and price. 

The Best Castre Museum (Musee de la Castre)

The Best Castre Museum (Musee de la Castre)

If you are interested in taking an art workshop, be sure to check out the Beaux-Arts de Cannes. At times you will find beautiful and unique expositions. Click here for a program and prices

Association des Beaux-Arts de Cannes

Association des Beaux-Arts de Cannes

Walking on Rue Meynadier is a must. You’ll find many shops that are great for gifts and shopping.

La rue Meynadier Cannes

La Rue Meynadier Cannes

This is one of my favorite places to eat in Cannes. Great for lunch with the girls, with kids, with your partner or solo. Read our review here. It’s a must if you’re in Cannes.

Volupte Anytime, Cannes

Volupte Anytime, Cannes

You’re guaranteed a good dose of bienêtre and much more romanticism – that is with life, food, natural beauty, and of course your loved ones.

After you’ve fueled up, get ready to walk the famous Croisette, taking in the warm Mediterranean breeze.

The Croisette Cannes

The Croisette Cannes

Walk with your chin up and take in the beautiful views of the Old Town.

View of Le Suquet, Old Cannes

View of Le Suquet, Old Cannes

 

On The Croisette Cannes

On The Croisette Cannes

On the Croisette, you find the famous Galeries Bartoux. Stop in and take in more artwork. Though different than what you saw in the Old Town.

Galeries Bartoux Cannes Croisette

Galeries Bartoux Cannes Croisette

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

You’ll also find the 3.14 Beach Restaurant and Bar. Here you can enjoy organic and gluten-free dishes at excellent prices, given that you’re on the Croisette. If you want to read more about this unique restaurant, be sure to read my review here

Lunch at the 3.14 Beach Restaurant

Lunch at the 3.14 Beach Restaurant

The Cannes Film Festival venue (Le Palais des Festivals) has many different events all year round. And there is a red carpet layout to welcome visitors all year round. Go ahead take a walk on the red carpet.

Palais des Festivals Cannes

Palais des Festivals Cannes

If you fancy a little French Riviera gambling, stop in at the famous casino on the Croisette. It’s located right next to where the Cannes Film Festival takes place.

Casino Barriere Cannes

Casino Barriere Cannes

Here is where the day started. Now it’s time to head back to my car.

Allées de la Liberté Cannes

Allées de la Liberté Cannes

But not before having some of the best ice-cream we’ve ever had on the French Riviera. There are a few gourmet ice-cream shops in Cannes, but this one takes the prize. Ask for a sample before you choose, those friendly Italians are there to make you happy.

NIVA has the best Italian ice cream in Cannes

NIVA has the best Italian ice cream in Cannes


During the festive season (May-September), the city offers many events as well. Not only do you have the famous Cannes Film Festival. Here are some other things to see and do in Cannes:

Click here for the fireworks live stream

Click here for the fireworks program for July and August 2017


The famous Plage Electronique 

Click here for Plage Electronique tickets and program

Also, consider going cashless as the last thing you want to be worried about is losing your money.


For those who would like to see Cannes without walking so much, or with smaller kids, you can take a double deck tour bus or small train (they are adorable!), that offer tours a few times a day.

Check out the Cannes Tourist Office here. Available in English.

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