Tucked between the southern Alps and Mediterranean Sea in France, Provence is home to medieval villages, fertile vineyards, and sweeping coastline. Here are a few ways to explore Provence from the seaside town of Cannes.
While in Cannes, visit the charming old town and some of its finest attractions: the extraordinary Castre Museum (the Musée de la Castre), housed inside a medieval castle, and Église Notre-Dame d’Espérance, a 15th-century church built over 100 years ago. Explore the beauty and history of Le Suquet as well as the legendary La Croisette Boulevard, where the Cannes Film Festival takes place, on a guided walking tour or zip through the genteel streets on a guided Vespa tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families.
- During the summer, remember sun protection and water for hydration.
- Walk the 109 steps to the top of the Chapel of Sainte-Anne in the Musée de la Castre for a panoramic view.
- At the base of Le Suquet is a farmer’s market, Marche Forville.
How to Get There
Le Suquet is a 15-minute walk from the port. From La Croisette, head west, past the old port to the winding cobblestone roads to reach the top of the quarter.
When to Get There
Cannes is a pleasant place to visit any time of the year. In July, Le Suquet hosts special outdoor concerts (Nuits Musicales du Suquet). The perfect time is early fall, as the weather is still warm and the crowds are few. High season is during the summer and in May when both the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix take over the Riviera.
Musée de la Castre This unexpectedly wonderful museum focuses on ancient non-European art. At the center of the collections are artworks and artifacts 19th-century Dutch aristocrat Baron Tinco Martinus Lycklama amassed during his global journeys. Look for rare Persian objects and paintings from the 1st era of the Qajars, as well as art from Oceania, Tibet, and a rich well of Mediterranean antiquities, pre-Columbian ceramics, musical instruments from all over the world, and 19th century landscape paintings.
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- Castre Museum (Musée de la Castre)
- Port of Cannes (Port de Cannes)
- Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
- La Croisette Boulevard (Boulevard de la Croisette)
- Chapelle Bellini
- Île Sainte-Marguerite
- International Perfume Museum (Musée International de la Parfumerie)
- Gorges du Loup
- Fort du Mont Alban
- Massif des Maures
- Port Grimaud
- Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)
- L'Occitane Factory