Things to do in Cannes
Get dragged along the waves on a wakeboard
If windsurfing doesn't provide enough of an adrenaline kick, get in touch with Ski and Wake Zone (tel: +33 (0) 6 63805274; www.swzteamcannes.com). Its speedboat will drag you across the water on all manner of objects: wakeboards, waterskis, inflatable bananas and, for the brave and leathery-soled, your own bare feet.
Go hiking underground
Discovered by a local farmer in 1890, the Caves of Saint Cezaire (tel: +33 (0) 4 9360 2235) are an underground world of protruding stalactites and stalagmites, and a great starting point for a hike around the surrounding countryside.
Revisit the past at Musee de la Castre
Suquet Hill is Cannes' old town quarter, and its diminutive, maze-like streets now serve as ground zero for shops, bars and restaurants. At the top is the charming Musee de la Castre (www.cannes.com/fr/culture/musee-de-la-castre.html) with its ethnographic history of Cannes. Even if you're not into the relics, it's worth the hike for the view.
Take a boat is Ile Sant Honorat
Reputation would have us think that Cannes is all about high-end shopping and champagne cocktails. If that is your vibe, all power to you. But if you want something a little more holistic, take the 15-minute boat ride to Ile Sant Honorat, home to 20 Bendictine monks. They'll even let you join them for morning mass (1125 weekdays, and 0950 Sunday).
Work out those things with stand-up paddleboarding
To the bystander, this relatively new watersport might look about as taxing as a stroll along La Croisette, but balancing on oversized surfboards is a tough workout for the lower body. It's also a novel way of exploring Cannes' scenic coastline. Hire all the gear from Cannes Stand-Up Paddle (tel: +33 (0) 6 8217 0877; www.cannesstanduppaddle.fr)
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