The 10 most beautiful walks around Cannes

Le col de Théoule-sur-Mer

Make sure you’re dressed for a night out, but also for a hike in Cannes for your next stay: better known for its film festival than for its walking tours, the town does, however, boast numerous walking itineraries in the surrounding area.

In the Alpes-Maritimes, where the mountains meet the sea, Cannes enjoys an absolutely magnificent natural setting, with its large bay, the Mediterranean, the Esterel massif…

Although the town spreads out somewhat around its core, it’s usually only a short drive to the starting point of a nature hike. Cannes attracts more jet setters than hikers, but the latter would be wrong to underestimate it!

Walks around Cannes, or starting directly from the town center, are available for all levels, from leisurely strolls to more strenuous outings: bear in mind that in the south of France, it’s hot in summer, which increases the degree of difficulty of the walks. Make sure you bring sun protection and a supply of water.

The best season for hiking in Cannes is from April to June, then September-October: not too crowded and ideal temperatures. In winter, beautiful sunny days offer perfect air clarity, and the Côte d’Azur is a peaceful place to stay… so all that’s left to do is select your walking itineraries!

1. A tour of the Croix-des-Gardes park in the hills above Cannes

Un tour du parc de la Croix-des-Gardes

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  • Duration: approx. 1h15
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Height difference: 96 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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Let’s start with a hike in Cannes to take in the whole town, the bay and the Lérins islands, and see just how exceptional this natural site really is!

To do so, head to the heights of the town, 10 minutes by car from the entrance to the Croix-des-Gardes forest nature park: the easiest way to get some fresh air and stretch your legs on a beautiful itinerary, offering several viewpoints such as the Cèdre belvedere and the Croix-des-Gardes itself. As an added bonus, the scent of mimosa perfumes the entire route.

2. Tour of Ile Marguerite, off Cannes

randonnées Cannes : île Marguerite

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  • Running time: approx. 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Distance: 7.2 km
  • Height difference: 57 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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Just 15 minutes by boat from the port of Cannes, Sainte-Marguerite is the largest of the Lérins islands. If you’re looking for a lovely hike around Cannes, this is the perfect destination for a change of scenery!

From the pier, take the coastal paths that will take you around the island in just a few hours, in a magnificent Mediterranean setting.

Don’t plan too short a walking time, even if the itinerary is easy, because it would be a shame not to intersperse your outing with a few swims in the little creeks with their clear waters: that’s the whole point of following the little paths on Sainte-Marguerite Island!

3. Refreshing hike along the Val de Siagne

Val de Siagne

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 7.2 km
  • Height difference: 265 m
  • Difficulty: medium
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One of the most beautiful hikes around Cannes! You’ll need to drive for about 45 minutes to reach the starting point of the Val de Siagne circuit, in the direction of Le Tignet.

Pleasant even in summer, a good part of the route takes place in the shade of the hundred-year-old oaks, pines and elms that line the Siagne: the river follows its course at the bottom of a valley cooled by white water, pleasant when it’s hot. You can even go for a swim!

Accessible on the whole, apart from a slightly steeper climb at the end, the route also has the advantage of forming a loop.

4. The Théoule-sur-Mer pass and its panoramic views

randonnées Cannes : Le col de Théoule-sur-Mer

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 7.1 km
  • Height difference: 267 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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For this hike around Cannes, head south of the Gulf of La Napoule, to Théoule-sur-Mer(30 minutes by car). Leave the car behind and take a beautiful path leading to the Saoumes trail and the Notre-Dame d’Afrique memorial, with several superb panoramic views along the way: the Côte d’Azur, Cannes and the Lérins islands, the Alps… it’s a feast for the eyes.

Without being too long or too arduous, it’s best to bring good shoes to walk comfortably on these stony, typically Mediterranean paths, accompanied by the delicious scents of pine forests.

5. Beachside walk along the Croisette

La Croisette

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 10.1 km
  • Height difference: 64 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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The Croisette remains one of the most emblematic places in Cannes legend. This seaside walk in Cannes doesn’t require big shoes or walking sticks, but it does require a swimsuit for a dip in the water: the beaches of Cannes are waiting for you!

In addition to the beaches, this itinerary is a condensed version of many of the sites for which Cannes is famous: the port, the Palais des Festivals, the luxury hotels and the boulevard de la Croisette… an urban route, ideal for morning strolls before the day’s crowds.

6. Loop in the Brague valley from Biot

randonnées Cannes : La vallée de la Brague

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Distance: 10.6 km
  • Difference in altitude: 322 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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A classic hike around Cannes starts in the village of Biot and reaches Valbonne via the Brague valley. This route offers an interesting variation, forming a loop that takes you back to the starting point, a 40-minute drive from Cannes.

A large part of this walk takes place in the shade of the trees along the banks of the Brague river. It’s a pleasant, bucolic itinerary, where you’ll find yourself walking in the cool of the water: plan even to put your feet in the water at certain times of the year.

7. All of Cannes in one tour

Tout Cannes en une randonnée

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  • Duration: about 3 hours
  • Distance: 12.6 km
  • Difference in altitude: 225 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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In just half a day of hiking in Cannes, you’ll be able to visit all the city’s must-see attractions without the need for transport.

The loop starts at Port Pierre Canto, skirts the Boulevard de la Croisette and its luxury hotels, circles the Palais des Festivals, skirts the Vieux Port and then the beaches, before climbing to the Parc de la Croix-des-Gardes for a panoramic view.

The return journey is made gradually from the heights of Cannes, before catching up with the original route.

8. The Grand Duc circuit in Mandelieu-la-Napoule

randonnées Cannes : Le circuit du Grand Duc

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 9.2 km
  • Difference in altitude: 291 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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An easy hike around Cannes, the Grand Duc circuit is ideal for the whole family. To find the starting point, drive to Mandelieu-la-Napoule, a 25-minute drive from Cannes.

Well-marked from start to finish, the Grand Duc trail is best enjoyed with eyes wide open, to take in the many views of the surrounding area, as well as the brilliant yellow of the mimosa trees in bloom (during the winter months of January-February). An easy and very accessible hike, it can get a little crowded at weekends in particular.

9. On foot from Cannes to Mandelieu-la-Napoule, along the seafront

Le front de mer

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  • Duration: approx. 1h45
  • Distance: 7.9 km
  • Height difference: 45 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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More than a hike around Cannes, this route is a long seafront stroll, following the curve of the Gulf of La Napoule from downtown Cannes to Mandelieu-la-Napoule, at the Port de la Rague.

Urban from start to finish, this hike offers plenty of opportunities to leave the hard-surfaced promenade and walk on the sand, and if necessary, take a break on the beach.

Cannes and Mandelieu-la-Napoule are frequently linked by TER trains in just 10 minutes, so there’s no problem getting back to your starting point at the end of your trip, without having to walk in the opposite direction.

10. Tour of the small island of Saint-Honorat

randonnées Cannes : Île Saint-Honorat

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  • Duration: about 1 hour
  • Distance: 3.2 km
  • Height difference: 71 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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Let’s end this selection of the most beautiful walks around Cannes with a final excursion by sea, to the Lérins Islands: this time we’ll be landing on the island of Saint-Honorat, a 20-minute boat ride from the port.

The tour of the small island poses no problem in terms of difficulty, but is well worth the detour, with rocky peaks, deep blue coves, the scent of pine trees, and a heritage section featuring several chapels, Fort Saint-Honorat and Lérins Abbey. It’s an easy day out!