22 Perfect Day Trips from Cannes, France

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With its glamorous film festival, luxury shopping, and wonderful views of the Mediterranean Sea, Cannes is a stunningly beautiful coastal city to visit.

Additionally, due to its location, Cannes is a really good base for exploring more destinations in the South of France (read:)

From picturesque villages and stunning beaches to ancient ruins and vibrant markets, there are plenty of places within easy reach of Cannes that make for fantastic day trips.

In this guide, you will find some of the best day trips from Cannes to help you explore the area even further and make some great memories.

21 Best Day Trips from Cannes

Keep reading for a detailed description of the best places to visit near Cannes.

1- Gorges du Verdon

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Gorges du Verdon is an incredible natural wonder located just two hours away from Cannes.

Spanning an impressive 25 kilometers and plunging up to 700 meters deep, it is the largest canyon in Europe. It’s famous for its turquoise-green waters and steep limestone cliffs surrounded by lush vegetation which makes it an ideal spot for swimming, boating, kayaking, and exploring.

Distance from Cannes to Gorges du Verdon: 126 km

Things to do in Gorges du Verdon:

  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Boating

2- Esterel

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The Esterel is an area of stunning beauty located just a short drive from Cannes. It’s made up of red volcanic rocks and dramatic landscapes that stretch for 25 kilometers along the Mediterranean coast.

The whole area is filled with trails, coves, beaches, inlets, and headlands to explore, making it an ideal spot for hikers, climbers, and nature lovers alike.

Read: Visiting Esterel from Nice: The Ultimate Guide

Distance from Cannes to Esterel Massif: 22 km

Things to do in Esterel Massif:

  • Hiking
  • Climbing
  • Wildlife watching
  • Exploring trails and coves

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3- Antibes

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Antibes is a charming coastal town located just 15 kilometers away from Cannes.

It’s known for its cobbled streets, small markets, and impressive ramparts that make it an ideal spot to wander around and explore.

The town is also home to the Picasso Museum, which houses more than 200 works by the famous artist who lived in Antibes during his later years.

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Distance from Cannes to Antibes: 11.6 km

Things to do in Antibes:

  • Exploring the city’s cobbled streets
  • Visiting the Picasso Museum
  • Exploring Chateau Grimaldi and Archaeological Museum
  • Relaxing at one of the beaches.

4- Saint-Paul de Vence

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Saint-Paul de Vence is a stunningly beautiful perched medieval village that has been home to many amazing artists in the past – like Matisse and Picasso!

This village is one of my favorites in France and is the perfect place to spend a day eating good food and exploring the art galleries and shops.

Distance from Cannes to Saint-Paul de Vence: 28.6 km

Things to do in Saint-Paul de Vence:

  • Exploring the village’s cobbled streets
  • Visiting art galleries
  • Exploring Fondation Maeght and Tour du Château de Vence
  • Enjoying views of the stunning countryside.
  • Try delicious local food

→ For another wonderful day trip idea, check out Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

5- Grasse

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Grasse is a picturesque town that’s known as the perfume capital of the world, with many perfumeries offering tours and experiences that show visitors how this iconic scent is created.

The town also has plenty of other attractions including the Fragonard Perfumery Museum, Cathedrale Notre-Dame du Puy, and the beautiful hilltop village of Gourdon.

Distance from Cannes to Grasse: 21.3 km

Things to do in Grasse:

  • Exploring perfumeries
  • Visiting the Fragonard Perfumery Museum
  • Exploring Cathedrale Notre-Dame du Puy
  • Enjoying views of Gourdon.

6- Nice

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Nice is the largest city on the French Riviera and definitely worth visiting.

Here, you will find iconic attractions such as Promenade des Anglais, Vieux-Nice, and the Matisse Museum.

Read: 10 Best Wine Tours from Nice

Distance from Cannes to Nice: 60 km (33.4 miles)

Things to do in Nice:

  • Exploring Promenade des Anglais
  • Visiting Chagall Museum
  • Exploring Vieux Nice
  • Enjoying the city’s nightlife.

7- Èze

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Èze, France

Èze is a charming village near Monaco.

It’s known for its stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and its picturesque streets lined with quaint houses making it an ideal spot to wander around and explore.

If you like hiking, my favorite way of getting to Éze is by hiking the Nietzsche Path.

Distance from Cannes to Èze: 54 km

Things to do in Èze:

  • Exploring the village’s cobbled streets
  • Visiting the Jardin Exotique
  • Exploring Notre Dame de l’Assomption Church and Château Eza Castle
  • Enjoying views of the Mediterranean Sea.

8- Cagnes-sur-mer

Cagnes-sur-mer is also very easy to reach from Cannes.

This town’s main attraction is the Grimaldi Castle, which towers over the area, and the Renoir Museum (Renoir lived had a home here!)

Distance from Cannes to Cagnes-sur-mer: 22.6 km

Things to do in Cagnes-sur-mer:

  • Exploring the town’s beaches
  • Visiting the Renoir Museum
  • Exploring Haut de Cagnes Castle and the Château Grimaldi Archaeological Museum
  • Enjoying views of the Mediterranean Sea.

9- Saint-Tropez

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Saint-Tropez is a glamorous coastal village known for its vibrant nightlife, chic cafes, and luxury hotels making it an ideal spot to explore and enjoy.

The village is also home to many attractions including Place des Lices, Citadelle de Saint Tropez, and La Ponche Beach, and can be easily accessed from Cannes.

Distance from Cannes to Saint-Tropez: 85 km

Things to do in Saint Tropez:

  • Exploring Place des Lices
  • Visiting Citadelle de Saint Tropez
  • Exploring La Ponche Beach
  • Enjoying the village’s vibrant nightlife.

10- Menton

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Menton is a charming city right on the border between France and Italy.

The city is absolutely stunning and its location gives it an Italian flare that makes it really unique to visit. Also, the Italian food here is so fresh and delicious!

Distance from Cannes to Menton: 64.1 km

Things to do in Menton:

  • Exploring the town’s beaches
  • Visiting the Jean Cocteau Museum
  • Enjoying views of the Mediterranean Sea.

11- Saint-Raphael

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Saint-Raphael is a beautiful resort town that is commonly used as a base for visiting Saint Tropez.

Here, you will find many great restaurants and beaches with a sophisticated yet laid-back vibe.

Distance from Cannes to Saint-Raphael: 41 km

Things to do in Saint Raphael:

  • Exploring the village’s marina
  • Visiting Baie de l’Ayguade Beach
  • Exploring Grotte des Massabielle
  • Enjoying views of the Mediterranean Sea.

12- Aix-en-Provence

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Aix-en-Provence is a vibrant university town known for its art galleries, chic restaurants, and stunning architecture making it an ideal spot to explore and enjoy.

The town is also home to many wonderful provençal markets,

Distance from Cannes to Aix-en-Provence: 148.8 km

Things to do in Aix en Provence:

  • Exploring the Pavillon de Vendôme
  • Visiting Saint Sauveur Cathedral
  • Exploring Cours Mirabeau
  • Enjoying the town’s art galleries and chic restaurants.

13- Toulon

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Toulon is a vibrant city with plenty of sightseeing opportunities.

From the Domaine du Rayol Gardens to the archaeological sites of Grimaud and Bormes-les-Mimosas and Fort Balaguier, there’s something for everyone to explore and enjoy.

Don’t forget to stop by the Place de la Liberte for lively entertainment any evening! Once you tire of strolling around the city, you can take a boat out to Porquerolles, an island just off Toulon’s port.

This picturesque paradise offers swimming in crystalline waters under sunny skies and peaceful strolls through beautiful landscapes.

Distance from Cannes to Toulon: 90 km 123 km

Things to do in Toulon:

  • Exploring Place de la Liberté
  • Visiting the Naval Museum of Toulon
  • Exploring Bastion Saint Jaume
  • Enjoying the city’s bustling markets and vibrant nightlife.

14- Ventimiglia

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For a taste of Italy, head to Ventimiglia, the first Italian City on the border.

Around here, Ventimiglia is a bit of a controversial theme, as it is not very organized and a bit chaotic (which I honestly think it’s part of its charm) and people often discuss if it is, in fact, worth visiting.

If you are having the same doubts, I recommend taking the train from Ventimiglia to Sanremo, a very nice town with lots of things to do.

Distance from Cannes to Ventimiglia: 74 km

Things to do in Ventimiglia:

  • Shopping (everything is quite affordable)
  • Visiting Corso Imperatrice
  • Exploring Castello dei Doria
  • Enjoying the town’s beaches, vibrant markets, and Italian cuisine.

15- Mougins

For a peaceful day trip from Cannes, head to Mougins, a picturesque village located just 12 kilometers away.

It’s known for its artistic heritage, beautiful landscapes, and stunning architecture making it an ideal spot to spend an afternoon without going too far from Cannes.

Distance from Cannes to Mougins: 7.6 km

Things to do in Mougins:

  • Exploring Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins
  • Visiting Château-Musée Grimaldi
  • Exploring the Museum of the Olive Tree
  • Enjoying views of the town’s beautiful landscapes and stunning architecture.

16- Villefranche-sur-mer

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Villefranche-sur-Mer is a stunning resort town located right after Nice.

Here, you will find some of the best beaches on the French Riviera and many wonderful restaurants. It is so worth the visit!

Distance from Cannes to Villefranche-sur-Mer: 41.7 km

Things to do in Villefranche-sur-Mer:

  • Exploring the old town of Villefranche-sur-Mer
  • Visiting the Citadelle de Villefranche
  • Exploring the beaches of Villefranche-sur-Mer
  • Enjoying views of the Mediterranean Sea and some wonderful restaurants.

17- Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

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For a luxurious day trip from Cannes, head to the stunning peninsula of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

It’s a place to admire beautiful villas, luxurious yachts, and stunning views of the coast.

Distance from Cannes to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat: 43 km.

Things to do in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat:

  • Exploring Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
  • Visiting the La Reserve Beach Club
  • Exploring the Church of St-Hospice
  • Enjoying views of the peninsula’s beautiful villas and luxurious yachts.

18- Grimaud

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Grimaudis an idyllic French village tucked away in the hills known for its winding cobblestone streets that take visitors to picturesque houses and churches full of history.

In addition to its beauty, there are plenty of activities for tourists to enjoy. The charming shops are perfect for exploring and finding unique souvenirs while immersing yourself in local culture. e closest beach is only a few minutes away, giving travelers the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and relax in more peaceful surroundings.

Distance from Cannes to Grimaud: 82 km

Things to do in Grimaud:

  • Exploring Château de Grimaud
  • Visiting Place des Lices
  • Exploring Église Saint-Michel
  • Enjoying views of the town’s beautiful scenery and charming cobblestone streets.

19- Saint-Maxime

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Saint-Maxime is a charming seaside town where visitors can enjoy the gorgeous Mediterranean coastline and crystal-clear waters.

The town has something for everyone – from the bustling markets to architectural wonders and festivals that occur throughout the year. Visitors will be struck by how much history there is here, as well as how beautiful it is

Distance from Cannes to Saint Maxime: 58.4 km

Things to do in Saint Maxime:

  • Exploring the Old Town
  • Visiting Port de la Pointe du Diable
  • Exploring Fortin de la Pree
  • Enjoying views of the town’s stunning beaches and bustling markets.

20- Marseille

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A day trip to Marseille is a great way to explore the beautiful, historic city of Marseille.

Marseille is France’s second-largest city and is known for its port along with the ruins of an ancient Roman aqueduct on the heights above the city.

Given a day in this wonderful city, sightseers have the opportunity to take in some of the many fascinating historical monuments throughout town, including Notre Dame de la Garde basilica and Palais Longchamp.

Distance from Cannes to Marseille: 171.3

Things to do in Marseille:

  • Exploring the Vieux-Port de Marseille
  • Visiting Notre-Dame de la Garde
  • Exploring La Cité Radieuse
  • Enjoying views of the city’s beautiful coastlines and cultural attractions.

21- Monaco

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For a taste of luxury, Monaco is the place to be.

This principality not only is beautiful and has many attractions but is also located only one hour away from Cannes, making it a great day trip option.

Distance from Cannes to Monaco: 55.3 km

Things to do in Monaco:

  • Exploring the Prince’s Palace of Monaco
  • Visit the Museum of Oceanography
  • Admire the Monte Carlo Casino

Read: When is the Best Time to Visit Monaco?

22- Île Sainte-Marguerite

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For an escape from the mainland, head to Île Sainte-Marguerite, a small island located just off the coast of Cannes.

Île Sainte-Marguerite (the largest of the Lerins Islands) is rich in history and renowned for its beautiful beaches and scenery.

It has long been a favorite destination for tourists and sun-seekers alike. The island is best known as being the place where the ‘Man in the Iron Mask’ was imprisoned during the reign of King Louis XIV.

A monastery, fortifications, and remains of military barracks are all part of its historical charm. Visitors can take a tour through these old monuments or just relax on some of its picturesque beaches.

Read: Île Sainte-Marguerite, the best day trip from Cannes

Things to do in Île Sainte-Marguerite:

  • Visiting Musée de la Mer
  • Exploring Fort Royal
  • Enjoying the island’s stunning views and beautiful beaches.

22- Île Saint-Honorat

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Île Saint-Honorat is the second of the Lerins Islands that can be visited. This island has been inhabited by monks for 16 centuries and is home to Lérins Abbey, an impressive monastery.

From Cannes, Saint-Honorat can be easily accessed by ferry.

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Conclusion: Best Day Trips from Cannes

That’s a wrap! Now you have plenty of ideas for wonderful day trips from Cannes.

I hope this guide helps you to explore this beautiful region even further and that you fall in love with some of these places.

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Is Île Sainte-Marguerite worth visiting?

Yes, Île Sainte-Marguerite is definitely worth visiting for its stunning scenery and peaceful atmosphere.

It’s a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of Cannes and explore some of the French Riviera’s most beautiful spots.

How many days do you need in Cannes?

The amount of time you need to explore Cannes depends on your preferences and how much time you have.

Generally, two days should be enough to explore the main attractions in Cannes such as La Croisette, the Old Town, and the beaches.

However, if you would like to explore more of Cannes’ lesser-known spots and take part in some day trips, then it is recommended to stay longer.

What towns are near Cannes France?

Near Cannes, you can find many popular towns and villages such as Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, Nice, Saint Tropez, Grimaud, and Saint Maxime. These destinations are great for day trips from Cannes and offer plenty of fun activities to enjoy.

What is there to do in Cannes during the day?

During the day, Cannes offers plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy. You can explore La Croisette and its famous shops, head to one of the nearby beaches, and relax in the sun or visit attractions such as Musée de la Castre.

In addition, you can also go on a boat tour around Cannes’ coastline or take a train to nearby towns and cities.

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