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What to do in Cannes when it rains

Rainy day activities in Cannes

featured in News & reviews Author Jo Morgan, Cannes Reporter Updated

The climate in the South of France is generally great, with roughly 300 days of sunshine beaming down across the Riviera each year. However, that statistic does still leave 65 days on average when the sun doesn’t shine.

We can often struggle to dispel a sense of disappointment when a holiday vision of sunshine and sparkling sea is marred by rain or windy weather. Happily, bad weather passes through the Côte d’Azur quite quickly after a few torrential downpours. To help you dispel the gloom and recognise all the fun still to be had when it’s raining on the Riviera, we’ve pulled together a list of the best activities for rainy days in Cannes.

What to do in Cannes when it rains 2018

For all ages

A great way to keep the whole family entertained is learning to 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.

What to do in Cannes when it rains 2018

For the culture vultures

Visit La Malmaison, a modern art museum 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.

Or make your way to the wonderful Mougins Museum of Classical Art to enjoy the 700 displays of antiquities from the private collection.

If you're more into the seventh art, Les Arcades cinema has some English screenings. Look for the abbreviation VO or VOST (Version Originale) on the billboards.

Cannes to Pampelonne Beach Boat Trip

For the active & outdoorsy crowd

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.

Or you could put your raincoats on, grab a brolly and go to the beach. 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.

Another option is to 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.

What to do in Cannes when it rains 2018

For the kids

Get the kids bouncing and somersaulting through the air at Salto, an indoor trampoline park in the nearby village of Mougins. Some 1,000m² of trampolines, dodgeball, tightropes and basketball hoops should keep them happy for a while. Just don’t forget socks!

The Warm'Up Cannes centre has bowling alleys and 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.

Or you can just 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.

What to do in Cannes when it rains 2018

For the adults

What better way to indulge yourself on a rainy day than a pampering treatment at one of Cannes’ great day spas?

The city also has some of the very best shopping in the world. Every designer boutique you can imagine is here, as well as several flagship stores of labels such as Dior and Chanel.

After your shopping spree, dress up and enjoy the glamour of afternoon tea at the stunning Hotel Intercontinental Carlton Cannes, or head to one of Cannes’ casinos for a flutter.

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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.