6 activities to do in Cannes when it rains

Cannes: 6 activities for rainy weather

It's rare, but it happens ! You had planned to come and enjoy a day in Cannes and now the rain and grayness are coming to the party... Keep hope however, the rain in Cannes never stays for long and it very often happens that it is time for bright sunshine in the hours that follow. If the return of good weather promises to be capricious, put on your raincoat, your comfortable, waterproof shoes and follow our guide to the best Cannes in bad weather. What to do in Cannes when it rains? It's this way !

Our Lady of Hope Church

Located in the pretty medieval district of Suquet, the Notre Dame de l'Espérance church proudly faces the bay of Cannes. Its pretty view of the port, the town and the Esterel massif offers a remarkable viewpoint to immortalize between two showers. Built in 1521 on the former Notre Dame du Puy chapel, this Gothic-style church was consecrated a historic monument in 1937. It now hosts the famous Suquet Nights Festival every year in July on its square. If the rains are mild, this is a visit that you can combine with that of its neighbor Castre Museum.

The Castre museum

Housed in what was the castle of the monks of Lérins, the Musée de la Castre offers visitors a prestigious collection belonging to the city of Cannes, from primitive arts, to world musical instruments, including paintings and orientalist objects from the 19th century. We also discover Mediterranean antiques and paintings by the masters of Provence. Labeled “museum of France”, it will allow you to enjoy a landscaped garden with southern scents, during a clearing, where you can access the 109 steps of the famous Square Tower offering a breathtaking 360° panorama.

The Malmaison art center

The Malmaison art center offers its visitors 3 major temporary exhibitions per year in 207m² of furnished galleries. Renowned artists of the 20th and 21st centuries such as Miro and César have their works presented there in the privacy of extremely charming salons. Around a hundred works from public or private collections find their place remarkably well. You can also find famous works by artists inspired by the region such as those of Picasso or Matisse. This building, which became a museum in 1983, is now managed by the Pôle d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Cannes.

The Forville market

Famous for its flowers and local products, the Forville covered market offers a pleasant stroll in the heart of authentic Cannes. Browse its stalls, well stocked with sunny fruits and vegetables, taste local specialties, pissaladière, socca, tapenade... And take the opportunity to stock up on regional products! Open every morning except Monday (reserved for second-hand dealers). Completely covered, insensitive to stormy gusts, the market welcomes you whatever the weather!


Opened in the 16th century under the name “Grand-Rue”, Rue Meynadier is one of the oldest in Cannes. At number 43, don't hesitate to visit the Raina cutlery which remains the oldest store in the city. Be careful, umbrella is essential between two precipitations!

Then take a trip to Rue d'Antibes and hit the pavement on one of the most famous streets in France. Here you will find the most beautiful brands on the Côte d'Azur, mingling with more popular boutiques such as Zara. A little thirst? Want a little snack? Numerous restaurants, bars and tea rooms delight passers-by, on the terrace if the weather and temperatures permit. Follow the weekend forecast!

A good movie at the cinema

Enjoy a good film in one of Cannes' legendary cinemas. This is obviously one of the best activities to do on a rainy day. Nestled in the city center of Cannes, 2 cinemas, the Olympia and the Arcades welcome you to discover the wonders of the global film industry on the big screen. A perfect moment of relaxation to end a rainy day with your head in the stars.

You are ready

While Mediterranean weather is generally dry, sunny and warm, Cannes is not immune to unstable weather and sustained heavy rainfall. However, this still remains anecdotal. The city suffers more from light rain or scattered clouds. If, despite everything, you experience a few stormy showers, you now know what to do! You are now ready to face the Mediterranean rain without losing the day's visit. So don't forget your umbrella and set off to explore our beautiful city of Cannes!