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Free Things to Do in Cannes

By Philippa Burne, UK, April 2012

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Cannes has the aura of wealth and glamor, but there’s more to this small village than that annual red-carpet parade held in May. Cannes may feel out of reach for those with a budget in mind, but there's actually plenty you can do without spending a dime! Some great – and free – things to do in Cannes are:

La Croisette. This is the famous beach-side promenade of Cannes and it’s great for a stroll and people watching. The other places to go walking and sight-seeing are the shopping streets Rue d’Antibes and Rue Meynadier.

Beaches. Many of the beaches in Cannes are private, attached to the big hotels with deckchairs you must pay to use covering every inch of sand. But there are some free beaches which are clean and have great views. East of Cannes head for Pointe de la Croisette behind the Palm Beach casino, or go west to Plage du Midi or Plage de la Bocca. Along the Croisette there is a free beach near the public gardens and also at Palais des Festivals.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our French Riviera Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in the French Riviera.

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