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Staying in Cannes but only here for 1 1/2 days

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Staying in Cannes but only here for 1 1/2 days

Good Afternoon Everyone! First time in the Cannes area. We really only have 1 1/2 days before leaving for Paris. We love the beach but use it only for walking and aren't really sunbathers. If you had your choice how would you spend your 1 day? Monaco? Nice? Cannes? St Tropez? Knowing that we have to dress for the casino's in Monaco I'm not really sure it's worth taking all the extra fancy clothes just to visit a casino. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all for any suggestions and for your time.

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1. Re: Staying in Cannes but only here for 1 1/2 days

What are your interests? It's difficult to make recommendations without knowing what appeals to you. With just one day, I suggest that you spend your time in the beautiful city of Nice.

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We really enjoy good food and wine and people watching. Any kind of castles, ruins, quaint little towns to walk through. We are going to be doing a lot of museums in Paris and London so I don't think we want to do any more museums. Something relaxed and not on a dead run all day. Here was our original thought:

1. Arrive at Le Grand Hotel about 2:00 pm on Thursday

2. Monaco Thursday evening

3. Something on Friday morning

4. Lunch at La Plague 45 at 1:00 PM on Friday

5. No idea for Friday afternoon or evening

6. Leave on train from Cannes to Paris at 12:00 on Saturday

But after thinking about it..... we will probably be dead on our feet on Thursday after flying over from the states and probably won't feel like getting all dressed up Thursday night. Not sure I even want to carry the extra clothing for a night in Monaco. Most posts have said to skip Monaco if you are limited on time....but sure hate to be that close and not see it. Of course if there is only the casino then it probably wouldn't be worth the time and effort to go.

Didn't know if there were any islands to visit but again we don't lay on the beach so that would be out if that is all there is to do on an island. Is there enough to do in Cannes without even leaving?

Thank you so much for taking your time to answer. I really do appreciate your time and effort.

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3. Re: Staying in Cannes but only here for 1 1/2 days

One of my favourite things to do from Cannes is to take one of the boats out to Isle de Lerins. St Marguerite and St Honorat are the two islands are are served by two different charter operators.

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g187221-d54…

I think that you are right in your thinking about Monaco...take a pass.

Completely agree with Catullus...spend a day in Nice.

Edited: 08 April 2013, 22:04
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4. Re: Staying in Cannes but only here for 1 1/2 days

Thank you so much! Everyone is so kind to take their time and send their thoughts. I'm sure we will be thrilled no matter what we choose....but it sure is nice to have some ideas from those that know! I'm thinking we will skip Monaco this trip! :) Always welcome to ideas! Thanks.

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I would spend the first afternoon and evening in Cannes if you are jet lagged.

There would be just about time in the afternoon to take a ferry out to Ste Marguerite and visit the fort that the Man in the Iron Mask was held if you feel like it

trans-cote-azur.co.uk/cannes-ile-sainte-marg…

or you could take a local bus up to Vieux le Cannet (see below)

On Friday, for a relatively relaxed day, perhaps take the bus or train to nearby Antibes for the morning, have lunch there (or come back for lunch at Plage 45),and in the afternoon take a local bus up to Vieux le Cannet the medieval hamlet on the hill just above Cannes to explore and have a pre dinner drink at the aptly named Place Bellevue ( or visit one of the Isles de Lérins if you missed out the previous afternoon). Alternatively you could take a train from Cannes to the nearby Mouans Sartoux in the afternoon.

On Saturday morning a lazy breakfast on the beach at Plage 45 or one of the other beach side restaurants, a visit to the local market and a last wander round Cannes

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6. Re: Staying in Cannes but only here for 1 1/2 days

Now that sounds like a plan! Thank you very much! I truly appreciate everyone's comments. :)

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