The city of Cannes in the South of France is famed for its International Film Festival, attracting celebrities and film stars to revel in the success of the industry while simultaneously enjoying everything that the traditional French city has to offer. However, the seaside resort is becoming increasingly popular as a holiday destination for families that are looking to get a break away from the stresses and strains of everyday life and enjoy some well-deserved time away. The very reasonable flight duration coupled with the amazing weather that it is treated to every year makes this an ideal place to head to, to spend some quality family time together.
Although from the surface, Cannes may look like a city made for ‘grown-ups’, it is equally accommodating to younger visitors and has plenty for them to do. In this article, we’ll be highlighting just a few of the great child-friendly activities that are on offer in and around the city of Cannes.
A beautiful stretch of paradise that divides the city and the shoreline, La Croisette is the well-known and much-photographed promenade that runs for approximately 2km. Along the promenade, there are a number of luxury shops, hotels and boutiques which are great for doing some shopping. At either end of the La Croisette, there are children’s playparks so they can burn off some energy while you enjoy the gorgeous views out across the bay, maybe even catching a glimpse of some of the mega-yachts. At the Palais des Festival end of the promenade, there is a small funfair which is perfect for the kids! In the evening, there is likely to be live music or other street performers gracing the walkway which will keep you entertained for the evening.
Spend a Day on The Beach
Many of our own memories of family holidays are ones that we spent at the beach, either abroad or at home. The beach can be a magical place for children, who can either play in the sand or head down to the sea for a swim. Cannes has a number of great beaches to choose from which are located either side of La Vieux Port, be aware of which ones are private and which ones are public though! Some of the hotels have their own private beach with amenities and waiter service so you’ll have to steer clear of these.
Visit The Cannes Islands
We’d suggest boarding the ferry and taking the brief ten-minute journey to one or both of the islands located off the coast of Cannes. Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat are both charming in different ways. The larger and closer of the two is Marguerite which hosts a number of small beaches and coves along with wooden walkways that criss-cross the island. Marguerite has some great restaurants for you to grab a bite to eat, or you can bring a pre-packed picnic and set up somewhere in a nice quiet spot. Honorat is smaller and features a number of religious buildings such as the active monastery and various chapels dotted about the island.
Head to the Cinema
Granted, during the warm, sunny days you won’t want to be locked up inside a dark room. However, during the evenings you’ll be looking for something to do as a family, and what better than enjoying something that the city is renowned for, film! Although Cannes has a modest population of roughly 200,000, it certainly isn’t restricted when it comes to places to watch a top-notch movie. From the latest blockbusters to independent art house films, the variety of cinemas will have something for everyone. These are some of the best in the city:
– Cinéma Olympia
– Les Arcades
– Cinema de la Plage (Open during the May Film Festival)
– Espace Miramar
Centre D’Art La Malmaison
Housed in the beautiful ex-Grand Hotel building, the Centre D’Art sits wonderfully close to the promenade. Once a much larger building, the structure was demolished leaving only the remaining games room in which the museum is located. A range of modern art exhibits will fascinate the whole family and provide some respite from the sun on the particularly hot days.
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