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Why Cannes, France, Offers Families More Than Just Film Festivals

by Eugenia Lazaris

Aug 28, 2023

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Destinations / Europe

The mention of Cannes often conjures images of A-list celebrities walking the red carpet along the sun-drenched shores of Southern France at the city’s annual film festival. But while the city’s famous film festival may be its claim to fame, Cannes offers so much more for family travelers vacationing in one of the most beautiful corners of the world.


A visit to Cannes Film Center, also known as Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, may be necessary for anyone visiting the area, but there is plenty more to see and do when visiting the second-most famous city in France. Beautiful beaches, endless pâtisseries and the ideal weather the French Riviera is known for (the sun shines an average of 300 days per year) are just some of the many reasons tourists adore Cannes.


The Cannes Film Festival isn’t the only celebration the city is known for. The city’s numerous festivals (there are more than 40 different events throughout the year) give families plenty of reason to visit and enjoy the destination, like Cannes Dance Festival that runs from the end of November through early December, and the annual Cannes Fireworks Festival each July.



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Nearby Antibes, just a short bus ride from the heart of Cannes, is a wonderful place to explore and introduce kids to the history of the South of France. There, the family can enjoy a beautiful sandy beach like the family-friendly Plaga du Ponteil, stroll along the waterfront while checking out some of the world’s most expensive yachts, or explore the walled city of Old Antibes. Within these medieval walls, find Picasso Museum inside the infamous Grimaldi Castle, explore the local shops ,or sample local flavors and delicacies at Old Market where local farmers and craftsmen display their products.


However you spend your time in Cannes and its surrounding neighborhoods, your family is sure to enjoy the beauty and glamour of this classic French city. Whether hobnobbing with the rich and famous or simply exploring their favorite playground, you are sure to make memories.


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