There are a wealth of places to visit in Cannes, from top class art museums to the remains of ancient chapels and of course the famous vineyards. Many of the highlights are in Cannes itself, but to see the best a car, bike or moped is recommended.
Thanks to the varied history of Cannes, you will find reminders of the pre-historic times, Romans and of course the English throughout the region, from expensive villas and amazing architecture to ruins, churches and art. Much of this history is documented in a number of museums.
But it is not just man-made artefacts that are worth seeking out. Cannes is blessed with fabulous scenery, from the coastline of the French Riviera to the rolling hills inland. A number of Natural Parks have been created, which provide not only protection to the land but informative guides and trails to follow, a popular place for walking and biking.
Cannes is home to a vibrant arts scene as evidenced by the number of excellent art galleries and museums found throughout. Historical art collections as well as contemporary can be seen across the region, and not forgetting of course those artists who were resident in the area such as Picasso, Signac, Matisse and Renoir.
Castles & Ruins
The chateaux and ancient forts of Cannes may be few in number but they are spectacular and worth the visit. In fact one example can be found in the centre of town, a medieval castle situated in the heart of Cannes Old Town, Le Suquet.
Caves & Rocks
A trip to the area would not be complete without experiencing some of the crystal clear pools and subterranean landscapes of the natural gorges and caves around the Cannes area. A day trip to the Gorges du Loup will not disappoint, and for those budding geologists the caves of Saint Cezaire near Grasse will reveal a magical underground world.
Churches & Cathedrals
With it's rich history, the south of France is blessed with some of the oldest religious buildings in France. The Christians certainly knew how to create grand structures to proclaim their might and to cower any rivals. Some of the most impressive Catholic buildings include those in nearby Frejus. Other notable buildings include the Russian Orthodox church and the Lerins Abbey on the island of Saint Honorat,
Museums & Galleries
The French Riviera is indelibly linked to art and artists with a host of world famous artists having spent time in the region. From Cezanne to Picasso, Matisse to Renoir, art has played a huge part in the shaping of the area today. So it is of no surprise to find that there are exceptional art galleries, showcasing landscapes & sculptures, modern and contemporary art.
Nature Reserves & Parks
Perhaps the most famous natural park in the south of France is that at Verdon, which boasts an enormous canyon that opens out on to a blue-green lake. It's a meca for outdoor & sports enthusiasts. The Carmargue is another well known natural park, famous for it's wetlands, bulls & white horses. However, closer to Cannes itself you will find the rugged landscape and red rocks of L'Esterel National Park and the protected countryside nad lotus flower ponds in Mougins.
Vineyards & Estates
The area has produced wine for millennia (experts say for 2,300 years), thanks to the arrival of the Phoenicians and their vines. The appellation covers the region from the west of Marseilles to St Raphael in the east, through the area known as the Var. Whilst Cotes de Provence wines are mostly famous for their rose wines, rich, full-bodied reds are also produced, along with light and fresh white wines.
A cool glass of rose wine is pretty much a 'must do' at any beach club, restaurant or bar in the hot summer months.
Must-see attractions in Cannes
Cannes is a town bursting with memorable things to do. Once a quiet Mediterranean fishing port ruled by Cistercian monks and regularly attacked by pirates, Cannes has grown to be one of the most glamorous places on earth and a fabulous holiday...
Top villages to visit from Cannes
When it comes to beautiful villages, the South of France is a shameless show-off. With the hills rising steeply above the Mediterranean coast, the Cote d’Azur is simply littered with perched medieval villages rich in history and atmosphere.
What to do in Cannes when it rains
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.