The summer is well and truly over in Cannes, but for some, this time of year is the most charming time to be on the coast and can certainly be in the running for the most beautiful season. With the red leaves on the trees and those sunsets that turn the world pink and purple, this might just be Cannes at its best.
There's lots going on in Cannes in October, these are just some of the events taking place here this month.
What's the weather like in Cannes in October?
The summer is well and truly over. The days are shorter and there is a nip in the air during the evening, yes those nights of dining al fresco are numbered. The average temperatures generally sit between a low of 12ºC in the evenings and a high of 21ºC during the day. It does tend to be wet, so take a brolly to avoid a drenching when the rain clouds gather. Sunrise is around 07:45 and sunset around 18:45. Sea temperatures have dropped to an average of 20ºC.
What's on in Cannes in October?
Roc d'Azur Mountain Biking Event
Things get a bit sporty during the second week of the month as the Roc d'Azur mountain biking event brings together all things two-wheeled in the spirit of celebrating the sport of mountain biking in Frejus. With over 20,000 participants, 300 exhibitors and an expected 150,000 visitors over the five days, this is a sporting event to suit everyone. With everything from family entertainment to professional racing, it should not be missed.
Exhibitions & conferences
Cannes is possibly one of the most famous destinations for exhibitions and conferences. The fantastic Palais des Festivals plays host to lots of prestigious events throughout the year including the Cannes Film Festival, MIDEM (International Music Market) and Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. October is the month for MIPCOM, the world's leading entertainment content market conference, and the Duty Free & Travel Retail Global Summit.
International Air Festival
The wind takes centre stage with the International Air Festival in Frejus. This is the third-largest kite festival in France and includes single line kites and stunts kites as well as other aerial treats. The village area will include workshops and some especially for kids where they can learn to build and decorate kites.
The SwimRun is different from all other races. The route hops from land to sea with amphibian ease so its participants must master transitions to come out on top. The final race of the ÖTILLÖ SwimRun World Series, participants will get the chance to run and swim around Ile Sainte-Marguerite, Le Suquet and La Croisette among other local landmarks.
Things to Do
Throughout the month, there are plenty of markets and second-hand 'brocantes' to be enjoyed. Cannes is well known for its traditional, Provencal-style markets in La Bocca and Forville, which are open throughout the year, so don't forget to grab some hot, tasty socca and plenty of bread, cheese and wine for those autumn picnics.
You may prefer just to sit in a cafe or bar on the Croisette and watch the world go by, or even to visit one of the many art galleries and museums. Whatever you feel like doing, don't forget to check out our hotel and restaurant listings for the best deals, and fall for autumn in Cannes.