A French Riviera Itinerary: 48 Hours In Cannes

Chapter II: Cannes, from a fishing village to a beguiling world-renowned city.

The city of Cannes is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns on the French Riviera. Idyllic beaches, typical southern architecture, luxurious boutiques…etc; Cannes is a true vacation-worthy destination. Immerse yourself in its fascinating history and discover how it went from a modest fishermen’s village to a glamorous jetset city. Here is your guide on how to make the most of 48h in Cannes.


From Nice, it is a fairly easy trip. You can either take the train, the car, or the bus.

Taking the train is probably the easiest way, as there are more than 50 trains circulating between the two cities each day, and the ride is approximately 30 minutes long.

If you wish to reach Cannes by car, it is a one-hour drive along the coast. We recommend passing through all the small seaside towns to admire the unique landscape.

By bus, you have the choice between OuiBus or BlaBlaCar Bus. It is the least expensive option, and only takes about 30 minutes to reach the destination. But check the stops before booking your trip as they aren’t always convenient!


Morning: Visiting Cannes

Cannes represents many things: the festival, La Croisette, le Palais des Festivals, but above all, visiting Cannes is about getting lost in the streets, and admiring the beauty of a French southern town. Start off by walking along la Rue d’Antibes and la Rue des Etats-Unis, where you can marvel at luxurious boutiques, and delicious chocolateries. Don’t hesitate to pick up a little treat! Next, head to Les Allées de la Liberté where open-air markets take place, and numerous pétanques games. Finally, go in search of the painted walls of Cannes: 16 murals plastered on the front of different façades. You can find murals, such as: Charlie Chaplin (10 Boulevard Vallombrosa,) Marylin Monroe (16 Boulevard d’Alsace,) as well as Cinéma Cannes (La Place Cornut Gentille.)

La Croisette Cannes
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Lunch: L’Antidote

60, boulevard d'Alsace

Mediterranean mackerel marinated in herbs
Mediterranean mackerel marinated in herbs. FACEBOOK L’Antidote

After walking all morning in the sun, you may want to relax in a refreshing and shaded spot, thus the Antidote. Sheltered by an imposing building and endowed with a garden full of flowers and plants, this restaurant represents the perfect “green break.” Enjoy some local, and home-made dishes basked in a tranquil atmosphere, including: fried gnocchi accompanied by a garlic sauce, roasted fig with creamy polenta, or even gambas flavoured with Pastis. Chef Christophe Ferré wows every client with his culinary skills, creativity, and simplicity. L’Antidote has definitely earned its pristine reputation.

L’Antidote cannes
L’Antidote. PHOTO

Afternoon: The Rothschild Villa

1 Av. Jean de Noailles

This magnificent palace is a must-see in Cannes! The Rothschild Villa and its gardens, were constructed in 1881 under the supervision of Betty Rothschild after her husband had passed away. With over 40 rooms, 28 bedrooms, a beautiful marble terrace, and a winter garden; you can’t help but feel at peace in such a lovely and secluded spot. The villa is certainly splendid, but the gardens are well worth the detour. Bamboos, magnolias, 12 different varieties of palm trees, and numerous other plant species thrive in this green haven. Also admire the beautiful 12-meter-high araucaria, which had to be transported in a special carriage, drawn by 12 horses. Today, the Rothschild Villa has been transformed into a media center for all, so that everyone can enjoy this enchanting place.

The Rothschild Villa
PHOTO The Rothschild Villa.

Drinks and Dinner: La Chunga

24 rue Latour Maubourg

The great ambiance at La Chunga
The great ambiance at La Chunga. FACEBOOK La Chunga Cannes

This prestigious lounge bar is a great address both for a drink and dinner! Its amazing reputation is mainly due to the Cannes Festival, as many stars come and relax in this establishment. If you like dining to the sound of piano in a subdued atmosphere, then La Chunga is the perfect spot! For dinner, enjoy some delicious dishes, such as: pasta with cuttlefish ink, scallops a la plancha, and even truffle raviolinis. But do not miss out on their delicious freshly prepared cocktails, and home-made appetizers. La Chunga is a well-known address for organizing regular shows, and concerts, so be sure to check the schedule!