Holiday Parks near Cannes
Between Nice (to the east) and St-Tropez (to the southwest), Cannes is positioned in a truly idyllic spot, overlooking France’s glittering, sun-soaked Côte d’Azur. Indeed, synonymous as the town is with Hollywood glamour and the silver screen, there’s seems to be no better place to observe and enjoy the high-life of the French Riviera. And fortunately, it’s also the perfect day-trip from nearby Siblu holiday park, Le Montourey (near Fréjus).
Beaches & The Great Outdoors
Cannes might be most famous for its international film festival, but it also boasts kilometres of superb sandy beaches, both private and public. While you will pay for the privilege of private sand, it can be fun for its people watching and the thrill of having drinks brought to you while you dangle your toes in the Med. And scattered among the private areas are excellent public and municipal beaches. Try Macé, where you can hire sunbeds and parasols, or Gazagnaire and Port Canto (seek out Plage Zamenhoff), whereas locals head for the stretches of public beach along boulevard du Midi. Les Rochers is a particularly well-kept secret that’s also great for snorkelling.
Things To Do & Special Events
No trip to Cannes is complete without cruising the length and breadth of the Promenade de la Croisette. There, in front of the Palais des Festivals, you will also stumble across the Allée des Etoiles and count more than 300 autographed, celebrity handprints! Or indulge in a spot of window-shopping in the many haute couture and designer boutiques that line this famous boulevard. Then, walk the quays and admire the dinghies, sailboats and jaw-dropping super-yachts moored in Cannes’ Vieux Port. If these activities leave you exhausted, sit back and relax in an outdoor cafe and watch the great and the good amble by. Holiday bliss.
Local Discoveries & Hidden Gems
The Le Suquet district is the ‘old town’ heart of Cannes. Meander its narrow streets, marvel at the amazing vistas, and simply soak up the local atmosphere. And don’t miss a visit to Marché Forville – with its vast selection of fresh, local produce (fish, cheese, charcuterie), it’s the perfect place to pick up a picnic. Unsurprisingly, Cannes is also littered with great restaurants – so pick a spot, order a Salade Niçoise and sip a glass of chilled Bandol rosé (for a local twist, make it rosé en piscine – rosé “on the rocks”) while enjoying the unadulterated sea views.
Places To Go
For a marvellous escape from the hubbub of the mainland, it’s a mere 15-minute boat ride from Cannes to the Iles de Lérins. Ile Ste-Marguerite is where the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask was incarcerated, but is really worth a visit for rocky coves, perfect sandy beaches, fragrant eucalyptus groves and a marine museum. Ile St-Honorat has been a monastery since the 5th century; today you can you can visit its bijou chapels and stroll through the monks' vineyards.
Cannes Essentials: cruising La Croisette, magical boat trip to the Iles Lérins, delicious delicacies at Marché Forville