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It’s easy to get a bit downcast when the Riviera is grey and gloomy. However, with loads of fantastic wet weather activities to be found in the Cannes area, there’s no need to let a downpour dampen the fun of your holiday...plus, it probably won't last long!
For all ages
Make perfume. Head to the nearby village of Grasse where you can make your own perfume at one of the parfumeries that have made this medieval town famous.
Swim indoors. The Parc Montfleury Sports Centre has a beautiful heated indoor pool. Be aware that French pools insist on Speedo-style swim trunks for males rather than board shorts—if you don’t have any you can normally buy them at the venue.
Hit the beach. Put your raincoats on, grab a brolly, and go to the beach anyway. The sea is often glassy-calm and warm in the summer rain, so why not jump in for a swim? If it’s wild and windy weather then head to Plage Port Palm to watch the kiteboarders tear across the water, or enjoy a bracing walk along the Croisette Beaches, followed by a warming hot chocolate at a cosy café.
Watch a movie. Les Arcades cinema has some English screenings. Look for the abbreviation VO (Version Originale) on the billboards.
Take a boat trip: As long as visibility isn’t too bad, board the ferry to the Cannes Islands for the round trip, and enjoy being out on the water. You can sit downstairs and gaze out the big windows, or brave the elements in your raincoat up on the top deck.
Visit La Malmaison. This modern art museum is housed in the only surviving section of Cannes’ oldest hotel, the Grand Hotel. The artworks are displayed in the hotel’s old tea rooms, and two exhibitions run each year with an emphasis on Matisse and Picasso, as well as artists such as Miró, Cesar and Chu Teh-Chun.
Play the Curious World Live Escape Game. This is a popular craze where a group are ‘locked’ into a themed room and need to find their way out using problem-solving, clues and puzzles. Current themes include a Las Vegas casino heist and the secret brotherhood of the Illuminati. Curious World is brilliant fun for groups of adults or families- but it’s only suitable for children over 10 years old.
Play hide and seek at Laser Quest Cannes. A great game for all the family, this high-tech game will have you running and hiding from the laser guns in rooms full of music, swirling fog and light effects. Themes include Independence Day Forever, Captain America and The Walking Dead.
Get the kids bouncing and somersaulting through the air at Salto, an indoor trampoline park in the nearby village of Mougins. 1000m2 of trampolines, dodgeball, tightropes and basketball hoops should keep them happy for a while… Just don’t forget socks!
Go Bowling. The Warm Up Cannes centre has 16 bowling alleys and 21 pool and billiard tables, as well as a pub and restaurant offering cocktails, pizzas, and Tex-Mex type meals. There’s also karaoke on Wednesday evenings.
Bundle the kids up in raincoats and wellies, and take them out for a treasure-hunt walk through Cannes. Give them some clues to find special landmarks, or set a challenge to collect interesting things on their travels—perhaps some colourful sandglass from the beach, fallen palm fronds, or photos of the yachts they are most impressed with in the harbour.
As you work your way through our rainy day list in Cannes, you’ll soon realise that the only activity that is really ‘off the table’ in the rain is sunbathing. Check out all of our things to see and to do when you arrive here in Cannes.