Attractions Nearby Cannes, Day Trips and Excursions
(Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France)
Whilst there are plenty of attractions to keep visitors entertained in Cannes itself, there are many nearby villages, towns, cities and seaside resorts that are worth exploring. If you have the time, the historic port town of Antibes is just minutes from downtown Cannes and filled with waterfront attractions, while Nice
is a major tourist attractions and boasts a combination of natural beauty and historic sights.
The region's stunning coastline, its artistic connections, and its links with the glamorous world of perfumery all make for some interesting day excursions and possible weekend breaks from Cannes.
A short distance along the coast is the nearby city of Nice
. Best known for its long promenade, which overlooks the azure waters of the Mediterranean, Nice also has a delightful old town, many fine museums, cultural attractions and art galleries, and also some good beaches.
Just 11 km / 7 miles from Cannes is the lively town of Antibes. There are plenty of attractions to fully occupy the visitor in Antibes, including a stroll around the old town, the Musée Picasso, a walk on the Cap d'Antibes, and vibrant local markets. The port with its 'super-yachts' is also worth a look.
The small town of Grasses is about 18 km / 11 miles inland from Cannes, making it an ideal day trip from nearby Cannes. Famous for the manufacture of perfume, Grasse has long been a popular tourist destination. Indeed, there are over thirty perfumeries in Grasse today, including those belonging to Fraginard, Galimard and Molinard, along with the Musée International de la Parfumerie (Perfume Museum). Grasse also has an interesting old town where visitors can enjoy a stroll around the winding narrow streets and alleyways, and explore its many historic attractions.
Located between Cannes and St. Tropez, the city of Fréjus enjoys a lively art and culture scene, with plenty of architectural and historical gems to keep visitors entertained. Founded by Julius Caesar, Fréjus is crammed with monuments, landmarks and eye-catching attractions, including one of the largest Gallic amphitheatres in the world, as well the ruins of Roman baths and an aqueduct. Fréjus is also a lively seaside resort, with nearby sandy beaches.
Mougins is just a 15-minute drive from Cannes. This beautiful medieval village with its charming narrow streets, picturesque old buildings and colourful flower displays has attracted many artists over the years, including Picasso. As you'd expect, there are plenty of art galleries and museums to browse round. Afterwards, visitors can enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants in the village.
Close to Cannes, St. Tropez is a town of glamorous yachts, equally glamorous residents, and rather stylish hotels, restaurants and shops. As well as being a shoppers' paradise, St. Tropez also boasts some 40-odd private beaches and many related coastal attractions, so when you've tired of browsing, there's plenty of opportunity to relax on a sun lounger.