Have you already seen the beauties of Nice and now you feel like you want to experience even more of the amazing French Riviera? One city that should definitely not be missed out of your trip itinerary is the glamorous and exclusive city of Cannes with its white sandy beaches.
One of the best things you should definitely do while you are still in Nice and have some spare time, is to plan a trip from Nice to Cannes while enjoying the 30 kilometers of stunning views of the Mediterranean coastline on your way there.
Why a trip from Nice to Cannes is a must while you are in beautiful Cote d’Azur?
Cannes is one of the top places of French Riviera to visit. Its beautiful architecture, gorgeous cultural sights, amazing climate and long promenade right next to the beautiful sandy beach will leave you fascinated. Even if you don’t have much time, don’t worry! Because Cannes is a great destination even for a shorter trip. In one or two days you can visit all the must-see highlights of this city.
Where to start exploring the city?
When you arrive at the city, take a short 5-minute walk straight from the train station to one of the most famous and fashionable streets on Cote d’Azur – Boulevard de la Croisette. This palm filled 2km promenade is the most well-known place whether to relax or to have a nice stroll by the beach while enjoying all the Belle Epoque luxurious hotels, and sandy beaches surrounding you. The Boulevard spreads from the famous Palais des Festivals to the La Roseraie park at the Square du 8 Mai 1945.
While walking on the beautiful boulevard you cannot overlook Palais des Festivals et des Congrès – the famous venue of the French most glamorous Cannes Film Festival. So, if you ever dreamt of walking in the footsteps of the stars, your dreams can come true right here. You can even have a tour in the building and finish it off with a cool photo on the red carpet. Plus, you don’t need to go to Hollywood in order to see the walk of fame, because Cannes has one as well! Just right outside of the Palais des Festival you will find the Path of the Stars with hand prints on the sidewalk.
Just below the famous hill of Le Suquet, you will find the authentic Le Vieux Port (The Old Port). It benefits from an exceptional geographical position since it is only few steps from The Croisette and the main train station. If you plan your trip to Cannes in autumn make sure to check out les régates royales and you will see the most beautiful yachts of the world.
Le Suquet district (The old town)
This is the oldest part of Cannes situated just above the Vieux Port on the slopes of Mont Chevalier. Le Suquet has retained the authentic picturesque historical ambiance. You can walk through the narrow cities’ ancient walls meanwhile enjoying the peacefulness thanks to the traffic-free streets. Also make sure to visit the most important church in Cannes – Notre-Dame de l’Espérance as well as the Tour du Mont Chevalier where you will get the spectacular panoramic view onto the beautiful seashore and the whole city.
If you are visiting Cannes in July you are lucky to experience the classical musical festival full of amazing performances – Les Nuits Musicales du Suquet (The Musical Nights of Le Suquet) which takes place on the square just in front of the church.
The Marché Forville food market
This market is the best place for taking a small break and buying some seasonal fruit and vegetables grown locally around Cannes, or some meats, fishes and other delicacies. It is opened every day, however, on Mondays you will only find here pieces of antiques.
Did you know that just off the coast of Cannes you can find a beautiful archipelago – Lerins island? This archipelago has two main islands of Sainte-Margarite and Saint-Honorat and two micro-islands. You can easily plan a small trip there thanks to the boat excursions from Cannes. Sainte-Marguerite island is the largest and the nearest island. When you are there you can wander in a lovely pine forest of Allepo, enjoy the beautiful nature and soak up the history filled atmosphere, especially when you visit the Fort from the 17th century. This is the place where the the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned during the time of Louis XIV.
What is the best way to explore Cannes?
The best way to explore any city and to find out all the interesting facts about the places is with a well-informed tour guide who can provide you with all the historical facts about the city. Also, you will get useful information and some tips on what to do and where to have a good meal or drink. Plus, you will discover some cool hidden spots only local people know. Don’t miss out the chance to participate in one of the amazing tours and check out the Cannes walking tour – organised by Riviera Bar crawl & Tours – and discover even more amazing places and stories Cannes has to offer.
Useful information for your trip from Nice to Cannes
If you are going to Cannes from Nice it is very simple to get there. You can either take a bus or take an express train.
Train: the fastest and most convenient way to get to Cannes is definitely by train. You can take the train from Nice’s central station- Gare the Nice-Ville. It takes only around 30 minutes to get to the Gare de Cannes and it departs once an hour.
Bus: if you want to take a bus look out for number 200 from rue Verdun/Albert 1ere, however you can also take it anywhere along the famous Promenade des Anglais. Buses leave every 20 minutes everyday and it lasts around 1,5 hours to get to Cannes, which is a bit longer than a train.
There are plenty of choices for your stay in Cannes, you can choose either by location or by price. However, the area from Le Suquet up to Palm Beach is the easiest place to stay as you can walk to Palais des Festivals, beach and other cool spots in a very short time. For the best selection of hotels in Cannes visit Cannes hotels.
If you are looking for a great place to eat, make sure to check out some of these restaurants: La Cave, Mantel, L’Affable, La Meissouniere – and experience the best flavours in this charming city.