Fun And Cheap Things To Do In Cannes

Cannes France is the jewel of French Riviera. It is popular for the Cannes film festival which takes place each May. However, you don’t have to be a movie star to enjoy what Cannes has to offer. Below are things you can do in Cannes, France without hurting your budget:

Visit the Boulevard de la Croisette
The Croisette is a curving street stretching for over a mile along the sea front. It is the place to see and be seen, especially when you bring an exotic car with you. Here, you will see many people strolling or puffing along the wide pathway including joggers, young ladies dressed to the nines and mothers with strollers.

Window shop
The Croisette has some of the most popular high-end boutiques such as Ferragamo and Gucci. Parallel to these high-end boutiques is Rue D Antibes which is a pretty street decorated with hanging flower baskets. This street also has low end and high-end boutiques.

Enjoy the beaches
Some of the beaches found along the Riviera are privately owned and you will have to pay a lot to sit under a parasol. However, there are some sections of the beach you can enjoy for free including Jean Hibert west of the old port and Plage du midi located on Boulevard du Midi.

Mace which is a municipality managed beach is a good place where you can rent chairs and umbrellas for less than at private beaches. This beach also has an open section where you can lounge for free on the sand.

Step into the past
One of the best places to visit when you want to step into the past is charming old Cannes located past the port. This is where you will find the vestiges of the town’s medieval past.

Take a narrow, sloping alleyway or flights of stone steps to reach Le Suquet which is found at the top of the hill overlooking Cannes. This area is the original site of the town which started out as a Roman camp before other buildings were added. The Castre Museum is also located at this hill top.

It has ethnic artifacts, weapons, and ceramics from the collection of a 19th-century baron. There is an entry fee charged but entry is usually free the first Sunday of the month from November through March. Once you have entered the museum, ensure that you climb the 109 steps of the property’s Watchtower and enjoy the fabulous views it has to offer.

Enjoy quiet time
Do you need a break from the hustle and bustle? If the answer is a yes, then the church of Notre Dame d’Esperance is the best place to visit. This place is located around the corner from the Castre Museum. It is usually easy to identify it as it has a unique clock tower. The church has fine wood paneling and chapels decorated with paintings and statues.

In order to activate the lighting for a better view, you will have to pay 1.36 dollars. However, you can wait a moment and enjoy someone else’s 1.36 dollars worth of illumination! Carved wooden models of boats hang from the ceiling a reminder of the days when Cannes was only a sleepy fishing village.