Family Holidays to Cannes

Cannes is among the most beautiful regions of the French Riviera catering to millions of visitors every year, so spending family holidays to Cannes would not be a bad idea. But it doesn’t have to be about fine dining and high-end shopping. Thousands of families visit the upscale resort and have the time of their lives. Whether you book a French Riviera property with a pool at Luxury Retreats or find a family-friendly boutique hotel, you’re in for an excellent time in the city of stars and sunshine.

Family Holiday Cannes

When is the Best Time to Have Holidays in Cannes?

Planning the right time to visit can be the difference between a fantastic holiday and feeling stressed out. And it all depends on you and your family. Temperatures in the summer (anytime from May to September) often hover around the high 20’s and low 30’s. The days tend to be sunny and hot. This is the perfect time for a holiday on the beach to soak up the sun and swim in the warm Mediterranean. Just be aware that it can get hot and heatwaves aren’t uncommon. You might want to consider avoiding the middle of summer if you’re traveling with young children. Spring and autumn have mild to warm temperatures, and you can often walk around in your t-shirts and shorts. Winters rarely get cold by Northern European standards making an ideal spot for a Christmas getaway.

Aside from the weather, considering bringing your children to experience the Christmas Markets which opens in early December. Several stalls and markets set up around the main square selling everything from local snacks to souvenirs. Or for a dose of culture, come in May and attend their world famous film festival.

What are the Best Things to See and Do in Cannes

Most families start out on Boulevard de la Croisette. The broad avenue stretches along the Mediterranean coastline. You’ll find lots of shops, boutiques and stunning views of the sea. It’s a good idea to start early (especially in the summer) and stroll along the boulevard. Then stop by the beach for a few hours and treat your kids with ice cream.
Le Suquet, or the old town, has elegant buildings lining the cobblestone streets. Walking through the neighborhood feels like stepping back in time. If you wander around the winding streets, you’ll find several churches including a colorful Russian Orthodox Church. Step inside and take the chance to teach your kids about the different sects of Christianity. Or make the most of the handful of art galleries and specialty museums lining the streets.

If you want to have a day trip, head out to St Honorat. Ferries depart from the port to the island every hour or so. Embrace the cool sea breeze and the views of the French Riviera from the Med. When you’re on St Honorat, stroll around and visit the castle ruins. You can then head to a monastery where the monks produce and sell their own brand of wine. As an alternative head to St Marguerite, Cannes’s second island, to enjoy the views and café culture.

Getting Around Cannes

If you have decided to spend family holidays to Cannes, let us tell you more about it. The town itself is relatively small, and it’s quick and convenient to travel on foot. One of the advantages of the compact center is that you can walk to most attractions within 15 minutes. This plays out in your favor if you’re on holiday with smaller children who have a short attention span. Make the most of the attractions and then head back to relax for an hour or two in your room.

Renting a car isn’t a good idea. The one-way system is confusing to residents, let alone first-time visitors. Instead, you can use public transport. Buses connect most parts of the town and operate every few minutes. So you’ll never have to wait too long for a bus. If you’re planning to use public transport, consider buying a pack of ten tickets. When you get ten, you’ll get a 10% discount on the fair. A convenient way to cut the costs when you’re on holiday as a family.

Essential Tips for Family Visiting Cannes

Not every beach is open to the public. Many are privately owned, which means the owners charge visitors to have a sunbed and umbrella. Do your research beforehand, so you don’t end up facing unexpected costs. It’s also worth mentioning that some of the public beaches get crowded on weekends so try to avoid visiting on weekends. Consider heading to the more secluded ones or catch the ferry to either St Marguerite or St Honorate.

Monaco is just on the doorstep of Cannes, and you can easily visit on a day trip. The tiny country has a range of activities that cater to families. It’s not all about casinos. Stroll along the promenade and count the classy cars driving past. This is an ideal day trip for adventurous families and teenagers. You’re almost guaranteed to get a smile from teens when they pose for a selfie next to a brand new Ferrari.

Everything you Need to Know about Family Holidays in Cannes

If you want to have one of the best trips of your life, make sure you plan your trip carefully. Think about what time of the year you want to visit and what you want to do as the weather matters a lot and it has a direct link with your mood swings. Don’t miss out on their world-class festivals or Christmas markets because they are worth watching. Take advantage of the small old town, countless museums and culture oozing from every street corner, that’s why family holidays to Cannes would be an exciting idea. Get out to the islands and take a day trip to nearby Monaco. Thousands of families visit Cannes each year and they all come home after a holiday of a lifetime.


Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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