Cannes, while it is best known for its film festival and ritzy high end stores, it offers a lot of options for budget tourists as well. It is located on the the French Rivera and has a good stretch of beaches.
How to get here
Cannes is connected by the TGV (Paris – Nice Line) and is approximately 30 minutes by train from Nice. The nearest international airport is at Nice.
We stayed at the Carlton Cannes (making use of IHG points, our stay was completely free). It is a famous landmark in Cannes , built by a former member of the Russian royal family.
Cannes in two days
- Rent a lounge chair at one of the many private beaches that line up the shoreline ($$)
- Use the public beach that is at the end of the strip close to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, which is annual venue for the film festival (free)
- Walk to the church at the top of the hill (old cannes) for the best views of the city
- Visit the Lérins Islands islands of Île Sainte-Marguerite or Île Saint-Honorat (Check out our blog post on Île Saint-Honorat). Both these islands are connected by regular ferry services from the harbor, but not between the two islands.
Places to eat
Dining in Cannes can get expensive and most resteraunts cater to high end dining. The town has limited options for budget travelers, so the best option if you are on a budget is to visit the local supermarket (Monoprix) and buy a baguette with sandwich meat. We listed the places visited during this trip:
- The local market (Marché Forville) has some great french pastries and quiches & pies ($)
- Boulangerie Pâtisserie offers great traditional culinary options ($)
- Cafe Roma offers delicious Italian cusine ($$$)