A glitzy resort town on the French Riviera, Cannes is home to some of France’s most beloved streets, beaches, and shopping areas. For study abroad students, life in Cannes often feels like a dream – with classroom-views of the Mediterranean Sea and its surrounding palm trees. Though this cozy beachfront town lacks the size of a big city, its lively atmosphere and long list of must-see attractions are comparable to that of a town much bigger in size.
Check out these 10 places that you cannot miss in Cannes, France:
1. La Croisette
One of the most iconic streets in France, La Croisette runs the length of Cannes’ waterfront and is strikingly beautiful. While strolling down La Croisette and its palm-shaded promenade, you’ll enjoy views of the nearby Esterel Mountains, some of Cannes’ most luxurious hotels, and (of course) the Mediterranean.
2. Marché Forville
A fantastic covered market in Cannes, Marché Forville is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. It offers an array of foods including locally grown produce, Italian cuisine, and fresh seafood. If you want to get a feel for Cannes’ culture, this is a great place to start.
3. La Croix-des-Gardes
With gorgeous views overlooking the sea, a trip to Croix-des-Gardes in Cannes is an absolute must on a clear day. The national park includes a sizeable château, a variety of hiking trails, and picturesque picnic spots.
Located on the nearby Île Saint-Honorat, this Cistercian monastery dates back to the 11th century. From Cannes, you can’t miss a quick ferry ride to Lérins Abbey where you’ll enjoy roaming the 10th century chapels, talking to the residing community of about 20 monks, and basking in the tranquil environment that the island is known for.
5. Le Vieux Port
Cannes’ Old Port lies right in the city center and is a beautiful location to explore. If you’re studying abroad in Cannes in September, you might catch the Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show which is hosted at this port and represents the city’s glamour.
6. Le Suquet
Le Suquet, a Roman settlement above the city, is the oldest area in Cannes – unmissable for its history alone. With pastel-colored buildings and quaint family-run restaurants, it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon stroll.
7. Musee de la Castre
Situated in a medieval tower atop Le Suquet, the Musee de la Castre is one of the best cultural attractions in town. Inside, you’ll enjoy a “world-tour” with impressive displays of antiques and art from all over the world – including the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Americas.
8. Notre-Dame D’Esperance
Located on a hilltop in Old Cannes, Notre-Dame D’Esperance is an impressive Gothic church that’s welcomed visitors since the 1600s. The church’s views of Cannes and the harbor are extraordinary enough to rival its impressive art and architecture.
9. Sainte-Marguierite Island
Île Sainte-Marguerite, the largest of the Lérins Islands, is located just off of Cannes with lovely beaches and charming old buildings. A scenic daytrip destination, the island serves a pleasant contrast to Cannes’ hustle and bustle.
10. Plage du Midi
Although Cannes has a variety of public beaches, Plage du Midi is the largest and one of its most popular. While in Cannes, be sure to relax on this sandy beach after perusing the array of shops and cafes close by.
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