A city known for its mild climate, luxurious venues, and a film festival that attracts famous names from around the globe, Cannes has become synonymous for “luxury.” However, the city on the French Riviera can also be affordable and accessible to everyday people. In addition to searching for affordable hotels in Cannes, cost-conscious travelers must also find wallet-friendly activities to do in the city. The following activities can be enjoyed on a budget.
Enjoy the Shore
No trip to the Côte d’Azur, or “Blue Coast” is complete without taking in the scene along the coast. Promenade de La Croisette is a well-known promenade that stretches one mile and overlooks the Mediterranean and the Estérel hills. Visitors may stroll the promenade and people watch. The boulevard traverses the heart of Cannes and is convenient to high-end hotels, nightlife, and trendy shops on one side with sandy beaches on the other. Surprisingly, there are moderately-priced accommodations, such as Hotel Cezanne, that are located just a short walk from the promenade.
Hike the Massif de l’Esterel
The Massif de ‘Esterel is a picturesque mountain range that is often featured in photos and postcards that highlight the natural beauty of Cannes. Composed of red-ochre, the mountains offer a sharp contrast to the cool shades of green and blue that dominate the outdoors. In addition to hiking one of several popular trails, national road N98 travels along the base of the mountains. There are many places along the route where travelers can stop and go for a swim. There is even a 14th century castle along the way that makes for interesting sight-seeing.
Cannes’ most popular marketplace, Marche Forville’s vendors sell everything from pasta to fresh fruits and vegetables. Bargain hunters should shop the market on Mondays, when the gourmand market becomes a flea market. The museum features a collection of medieval weapons along with ethnic artifacts and a pottery collection that dates back to the 19th century and belonged to a local baron. The property also includes a watchtower that offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Museum admission is free the first Sunday of each month.
Visit the Old City
Those who love Medieval history will appreciate a walk through old Cannes. Stone steps and narrow sloping alleyways are all charming vestiges from the city’s past. After ascending the steps to the top of Le Suquet hill, visitors may rest on the benches and take in breathtaking views of the coast. Musee de la Castre is also located at the top of the hill. A fascinating historical museum, Musee de la Castre includes collections of medieval weapons, ethic artifacts, and a pottery collection that belonged to a 19th century baron. The property also includes a watchtower that offers stunning views of the coast.
The natural beauty of Cannes lends itself to many very inexpensive or free activities. From scenic hiking to relaxing on world-famous beaches and visiting historical sites and museums, budget-conscious visitors will have plenty of fun, affordable things to do.