Cannes! The very name conjures up an image of luxury, private yachts and designer boutiques. Cannes is where the super stars rub shoulders with the super rich. But, since you are neither is there a way to do Cannes on a more modest budget. Read on to find out how to save.

Take the train

Between June and September, the Passe Isabelle gives you unlimited day travel on the local Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur rail network. From Frejus and St Raphael in the west , to Menton and Ventimiglia in Italy in towards the east, and north from Cannes to Grasse, the train can take you anywhere. So, hop on and travel around.

Go sailing

You needn’t be on a super yacht to enjoy the pleasures of being on the sea. Sail across to Île Saint-Honorat on one of the ferries for lunch at the one restaurant on the water or take along a picnic basket for an al fresco lunch by yourself. And, take in the many beautiful views of the sea, but in particular from atop the 15th century fortified monastery.

Laze on the beach

The beach along the the Promenade de la Croisette is expensive and mostly private. The two public beaches at the two ends are choc-a-bloc, and understandably so, with sun soakers so where can you go? Well, the Radisson Blu Hotel is located in the city centre with views of the Old Harbour and the coastline from its rooftop terrace. So, settle into one of the shaded loungers, order a drink and laze in the sun.

Dine out

Spend as much time as you want on the La Croissette but stay away from the eateries. Instead, make your way to the old harbour with it many waterfront restaurants that offer great, fixed-price menus.

Shopping

All the designer boutiques are, once again along La Croissette with prices to match. But, you will find the best of French high street on Rue d’Antibes. If it’s Monday, Forville Maket is a good place to browse its antiques stalls. Who knows, you may get a piece of French Riviera memoribilia to do up your home.

If you want to do Cannes on a budget just call Lighthouse on (0) 9818905024 or email theworld@golighthouse.in.

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