Cannes is one of those legendary places that the jetset have frequented for decades. And now that the world is opening up, perhaps it is time to find out why. Many destinations are nice in the Summer, but when you visit Cannes in the Fall, you’ll see why it has stood the test of time. Find out why you should visit Cannes this Fall for the shoulder season.
Why You Should Visit During Shoulder Season
The main reason why the shoulder season is the perfect time to visit Cannes is that the crowds are gone but the warm weather is still there. September, October, and November are beautiful months in the South of France. Temperatures hover in the mid-seventies, the Mediterranean is still quite warm, but all the beautiful beaches aren’t packed shoulder to shoulder like they are in August.
What to Do in Cannes
You can do pretty much everything you can do in the Summer in the Fall in Cannes. Just double check as a few places do close or offer more limited hours than in the peak season. However, many beach clubs are still open during the day offering beach chairs, lunch, and drinks. Two that are worth checking out are Palais Stephanie and Hyde Beach.
Both are located in the heart of the Croisette and offer a glamorous Cannes beach experience. However, they offer something a little different depending on what type of day at the beach you are looking for. Guests at Palais Stephanie can partake in water-sports directly from the pier, enjoy a great soundtrack while sunbathing or dine one their fusion menu—which offers things like sushi, poke bowls and more. Hyde Beach is a little bit more laid back—at least in the shoulder season. Expect a quieter soundtrack, plush beach beds and a classically Mediterranean dining menu. The burrata, octopus and zucchini blossoms are all must try’s at Hyde. And you won’t want to skip dessert either, Hyde Beach has a tasty sweets menu too.
And remember, there are plenty of amazing places for dinner as well. In the shoulder season, recommendations stay pretty much the same as the high season, but it will be much easier to score a reservation. If you are looking to make it to one of Cannes’ classics, book a table at Le Caveau 30. And if you want to check out the newest spot in town, head to Scalini, which just opened this Summer at the newly renovated JW Marriott Cannes. The menu is filled with modern takes on Italian classics, prepared to perfection; all served in the swanky setting of the revamped hotel.
What is Cannes Like in the Fall?
The lack of crowded beaches doesn’t mean that Cannes is boring in the Fall, in fact there are dozens of international events that take place in the shoulder season. And they choose this time of year for a reason. In fact, one of the world’s premier sailing events takes place in late September each year—the Regates Royale Classic Sailing Regatta just wrapped up two weeks ago.
Regates Royale Classic Sailing Regatta
The Yacht Club de Cannes has been hosting this event for 43 years and every September pristine classic sailing yachts descend upon Cannes for a week of spirited races giving the savvy traveler an even more beautiful seascape than any other time of year. Just think, why visit in the packed peak season, when you could visit in September and not only enjoy the view of the world’s most beautiful sailing yachts racing around the bay from your spacious beach club. The simplest way to sum up the feeling of visiting Cannes in the Fall is by peeking at the poster for this year’s Regates Royale. French Artist Eric Garence specializes in vintage style illustrations and his work for this year’s event truly captures the spirit of Cannes.