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How to Spend 1 Day in Cannes

How to Spend 1 Day in Cannes

Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the hills of Provence, the resort city of Cannes is known for its celebrity-packed film festival, but offers plenty to do all year with a mix of historical sights, walkable neighborhoods, and postcard-worthy scenery. Here are a few ways to spend 24 hours in this French Riviera hot spot.

 

Morning: Take a land or sea excursion

Take advantage of the morning air and light (great for photos) by getting out on the water. For a bit of French history, head to Ile Sainte-Marguerite, an island 15 minutes off the coast of Cannes by ferry, where you can hike and visit the 17th-century prison. Or, opt for a VIP-style experience by booking a private motorboat, and spend a few hours savoring views of the coast and swimming in the Mediterranean. Alternatively, go inland on a day trip to villages such as Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Grasse.

 

Afternoon: Explore the town

Get to know Cannes, and enjoy the sea breeze and waterfront views on a Vespa, Segway, or bike tour (or rent a bike on your own). Check out attractions such as the Palais des Festivals, La Croisette, Le Suquet (old town), the port, and Palm Beach.


Night: Have an evening adventure

Sail away on a catamaran to watch the sunset and admire the city as it lights up for the night. Cruises are a good way to meet other travelers, and some include a glass of wine or Champagne. For something more lively, head to the tiny country of Monaco—just 35 miles (56 kilometers) up the coast—on a night tour that introduces you to the glitz of Monte Carlo, famous for its casino and Formula One Monaco Grand Prix race circuit.

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Catamaran from Cannes

Catamaran from Cannes

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Take in views of the fabulous French Riviera from the water on a luxury catamaran cruise. Sail along the Bay of Cannes while relaxing on deck, and splash into the sea for a swim and snorkel if you like. Choose from a half- or full-day cruise and upgrade to include an optional buffet lunch on board. Alternatively, embark on a sunset cruise and enjoy a glass of French Champagne as you watch the rosy glow of twilight wash over the gorgeous landscape.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.27
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French Riviera Private Luxury Motorboat Cruise with Personal Skipper from Cannes

French Riviera Private Luxury Motorboat Cruise with Personal Skipper from Cannes

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Live like the proverbial "other half" for a day with a luxury private cruise from Cannes along the gorgeous French Riviera. Relax as your personal skipper guides the boat along the Mediterranean coast so you can see the Lérins Islands, Cap d'Antibes, and the Bay of Cannes from the comfort of the deck while sipping on a refreshing beverage. Beach towels and snorkeling gear are on hand if you want to take a dip. Select one of several cruise options, including a sunset cruise with Champagne or a full-day cruise to either St. Tropez or Monaco and Nice.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$1,749.32
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Ferry from Cannes to the island Ste Marguerite

Ferry from Cannes to the island Ste Marguerite

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Just 15 minutes off the coast of Cannes is a natural oasis waiting to be explored. Board a ferry to the lle Sainte-Marguerite—about a half-mile off shore from the French Riviera—for a relaxing morning or afternoon, depending on which departure you choose. Once on the island time is yours to hike, birdwatch or do some cultural exploring at the maritime museum. lle Sainte-Marguerite is also home to Fort Royal, a 17th century prison once housing the 'Man in the Iron Mask.' Private tours of the fort (own expense) are available.
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  • 15 minutes
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Cannes E-Bike Guided Tour

Cannes E-Bike Guided Tour

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Explore Cannes with a local on an electric bike. Feel the sea breeze in your hair as you pedal along La Croisette Boulevard with it’s the luxurious hotels, admire the charming restaurants in the old port, or stop to peruse the many high end boutiques and stylish cafes. Spend 2-3 hours exploring one of the French Riviera’s most well known locations with inside tips. Avoid the hassles of driving and see more in less time on an E-bike.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.90
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Monaco Small-Group Night Tour from Cannes

Monaco Small-Group Night Tour from Cannes

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Experience the glitz and glamour of an illuminated Monaco on a small-group night tour from Cannes. Visit the famous Monte Carlo Grand Casino, retrace the path of the Formula One Grand Prix or simply admire the seemingly endless parade of beautiful people in this luxury-filled nation-state with your professional local guide.
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  • 5 hours
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