Cannes has a reputation for being on the expensive side and whilst that is true, you don’t have to have a millionaire’s bank balance to enjoy the south of France. Many of the best places to visit in this city can all be enjoyed for free. The views, the weather, the beach and the beautiful architecture.
Here are a few examples of the best attractions on Cannes which won’t cost you a penny or a cent.
Walk The Mile Long Croisette
La Croisette is a very popular place where everyone hangs out or passes through on route to have an Apero or go out to dinner. The most famous street in Cannes is a mile long and is lined with beaches, ice cream stalls and some of the most iconic hotels in the world for example the Carlton. Take a seat along the route and soak up the atmosphere.
Most of the public beaches in and around Cannes are free apart from the private ones which are attached to hotels. Palm Beach is particularly popular and overlooks the island of Sainte-Marguerite. It is situated at the easternmost of the Croisette. Its ideal for children as it has a gentle slope into the sea. Palm beach is the perfect place to take in a more natural side of Cannes.
A Trip To The Musee Picasso
The Old Town of Antibes is a picturesque place full of small streets and has a lot of character. At the heart of the town housed in the Chateaux Grimaldi you will find the Picasso Museum. It is named after the family who arrived in the 14th century. A castle was built on the foundations of the Ancient Greek town Antipolis, it later became the property of the town. In 1946 they invited Picasso to stay for 6 months and after he left, he entrusted 23 paintings and 44 drawings to the town. Its an amazing opportunity to view some amazing artwork in a superb location.
The Old Neighbourhood of Le Suquet
Le Suquet was an old Roman camp and the original site of Cannes. It’s lovely to walk around the old neighbourhood. You can visit the castle, which is now an art museum (Musee de la Castre) that was built by the Lerins Monks in the 12th century. There is also the church (Eglise Notre-Dame-d’Esperance) and the winding cobbled streets which have been home to local fishermen throughout centuries. Cannes isn’t overloaded by museum and historic monuments, but these are enchanting.
If you are a walker, there is La Croix-des-Gardes a national [park of more than 200 acres and borders the coastline to the west of Cannes. The grounds were originally laid out by an English couple who were made to stop over in Cannes due to illness whilst on route to Nice. They fell in love with the place and ended up buying some land and built a chateau. In total there are 5 routes to follow, beautiful gardens and a natural hiking ground. On of the main highlights would be the huge cross at the top of the hill which overlooks the town.
If you fancy some window shopping there us the rue Meynadier, where beautiful 18th century houses have been transformed into small boutiques, or if you fancy some high end gazing you can head to the rue d’Antibes. Concentrated in this small area are some of the most expensive ships along with all the best designer stores and delicious chocolatiers.