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The first time you visit Cannes, or any new destination, the question asked isn’t usually what attractions should be scene but what attraction to see first, what to expect, how to get there, and how much time is needed. We’ve provided tips, advice, and other information about the top tourist attractions in Cannes to help with your itinerary planning.

Musée de la Castre Musée de la Castre
Churches Churches
Petit Train Petit Train
Musée de la Mer Musée de la Mer
La Croisette La Croisette

Musée de la Castre

 Address Château de la Castre, Le Suquet
 Admission 1.50€, free for students and children
 Hours The museum is open Wednesday through Monday April through June from 10am to noon and 2 to 6pm, July through September from 10am to noon and 3 to 7pm, and October through March from 10am to noon and 2 to 5pm.
 Phone 04-93-38-55-26

The Musee de la Castre is a great museum to visit. With a number of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and a section on ethnography, you will be entertained for hours. The museum includes relics and objects from the Pacific islands, Southeast Asia, South America, and Mayan civilizations. The museum has five rooms that are devoted to 19th-century paintings.

 

Churches

Even though Cannes has a number of great museum, many people plan their trip to France for the amazing architecture and significance of its churches. The largest and most prominent church is Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage. The church was built in a faux Gothic style in the late 19th century. The most historic church, Notre-Dame de l'Espérance was built between 1521 and 1627 and combines both Gothic and Renaissance elements. The town's most unusual church is the Eglise Orthodoxe Russe St-Michel Archange, built in 1894 through the efforts of Alexandra Skripytzine, a Russian in exile; it's capped with a cerulean-blue onion dome and a gilded triple cross. Be warned that it's usually locked, except for services on Saturday at 5pm and Sunday between 9:30am and noon. Visiting the churches is a fun way to spend your day outdoors and be in tune with history of architecture as well as art.

 

Seeing Cannes from a Petit Train

One of the best ways to get an idea of the difference between the city’s new and old neighborhoods is to climb aboard one of the white sided Petits Trains touristiques de Cannes. Diesel-powered, and rolling on rubber tires through the streets of the city, these trains operate year-round (except Nov) every day from 9:30am to between 7 and 11pm, depending on the season. Two itineraries are offered: For views of glittery modern Cannes, board the train at a designated spot in front of either of the town's two casinos for rides along La Croisette and its side streets. For a ride through the relatively narrow streets of Vieux Cannes (Le Suquet), board the train at a clearly designated site along La Croisette on its seaward side. Both tours depart every hour; each lasts between 30 and 40 minutes and each costs between 5€ and 6€ for adults, and between 2.50€ and 3€ for children under 10, depending on the tour. (The tour of the old town is the less expensive.) A combination ticket granting access on both of the two tours (which can be enjoyed on separate days, if you prefer) costs 8€ for adults and 5€ for children under 10. For details, call tel. 06-14-09-49-39.

 

Musée de la Mer

 Address Fort de l'île Sainte-Marguerite
 Admission Full fare: 3 € - Reduced price : 2 € (under 25 years old - groups from 15 adults)
Free entrance: first Sunday of each month - Students until 26 years old - Under 18 years old
 Hours January to March / October to December: from 10:30 a.m to 1:15 p.m - from 2:15 p.m to 4:45 p.m (closed on Monday); April to mid-June / mid-September to end of September: from 10:30 a.m to 1:15 p.m - from 2:15 p.m to 5:45 p.m (closed on Monday); Mid-June to Mid-September : from 10:30 a.m to 5:45 p.m (free commented visits of the fort); Closed on January the 1st - May the 1st - November the 1st & 11th - December the 25th
 Phone 04 93 38 55 26

Musée de la Mer is an unique museum off the shore of Cannes features exhibits devoted to the prison system and to underwater archeology collections. The museum's highlight is the exhibit devoted to the mysterious man in the iron mask. A Maritime Museum occupies the most ancient segment of the building. The ground floor houses state prisons and the cell where the mysterious man in the iron mask was held prisoner for eleven years. Murals painted by Jean Le Gac are on the theme of the imprisoned artist. Underwater archaeological finds from the Roman and Saracen wrecks of the Tradelière and the Batéguier (ceramics, amphorae, glassware, etc) are on show in the Roman tanks and on the first floor. Want to visit something different and not have to spend a fortune doing it? Then the Musée de la Mer is an attraction you want to visit. Different than most museums that only focus on art, this museum mixes art and underwater archeology together for a fun filled day out on Cannes that will allow you to view exhibits for hours.

 

La Croisette

La Croisette a favorite spot with locals and tourist gets its name from a small cross that used to stand east of the bay. La Croisette is a wonderful promenade, located in the heart of town. With seashore and beaches hugging this location you can enjoy a nice quiet walk along the boulevard. To one side there's the Mediterranean, the Lerins islands off the coast, and the Esterel mountain range. On the other side, there are palm trees, elegant restaurants and café’s, and lots of fashionable boutiques. It is an ideal place to people-watch, especially during the Film Festival. If you are looking to get away from the everyday tourist attractions, come to La Croisette and enjoy your day out in the fresh air. Windowing shopping, and just observing your surroundings won’t cost you dime. This attraction is perfect for the budget traveler.

 


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