Cannes, in the heart of the French Riviera, is known for its glamorous film festival, beautiful beaches and lifestyle. But there's so much more to discover. If you visit for our 2024 French Summer School, we'll guide you through some of the best activities and excursions you can experience in Cannes and its surrounding areas.

1. Stroll Down the Promenade de la Croisette: Start your Cannes adventure with a leisurely walk along the world-famous Promenade de la Croisette. This palm-lined boulevard stretches along the shoreline, offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Stop by one of the many beachfront cafes for a coffee or a glass of wine and soak in the elegant atmosphere.

2. Explore Le Suquet: Step back in time as you wander through the historic old town of Cannes, known as Le Suquet. This charming area features cobblestone streets, colorful houses, and a medieval castle. Climb up to the castle’s tower for panoramic views of Cannes, the Mediterranean Sea and its surroundings.

3. Visit the Cannes Film Festival Palace: For film enthusiasts, a visit to the Cannes Film Festival Palace is a must. Even when the festival isn’t in session, you can explore the red carpet and the famous steps where movie stars make their grand entrances.

4. Discover the Islands of Lérins: A short boat ride from Cannes will take you to the beautiful Lérins Islands. Île Sainte-Marguerite is known for its stunning landscapes and the mysterious Fort Royal, where the Man in the Iron Mask was once held. Île Saint-Honorat is home to a tranquil monastery and vineyards, producing delicious wines.

5. Venture to Nice: Just a short train ride away, the city of Nice beckons with its vibrant markets, charming old town, and the famous Promenade des Anglais. Don’t miss the chance to try some socca (a local chickpea pancake) while you’re there.

6. Explore Antibes: Antibes is a picturesque town located between Cannes and Nice. Its historic center is a treasure trove of ancient architecture and narrow streets. The Picasso Museum, located in a 14th-century château, is a highlight.

7. Experience Monaco: A bit further east, the Principality of Monaco awaits. with the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the Oceanographic museum, the Exotic Garden, the palace of the Prince.

8. Enjoy Water Sports and Beach Activities: Cannes offers a wide range of water sports, including sailing, paddleboarding, and jet skiing. Relax on the sandy beaches, take in some sun, and cool off on the beautiful beaches.

9. Sample the Local Cuisine: Indulge in the culinary delights of the French Riviera. Try seafood specialties, like bouillabaisse, and savor Provencal dishes infused with fresh herbs and olive oil.

10. Shopping on Rue d’Antibes: Cannes is a great shopping place for all tastes and budget. Explore the bustling markets to find unique souvenirs and local products.

Whether you’re an art lover, a history enthusiast, a foodie, or an adventure seeker, the French Riviera has something special in store for you. More info on Cannes.