Cannes

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Cannes Old Town which includes a bay or harbor, landscape views and a coastal town
Cannes is host of a world-famous film festival and is known for its beaches, luxury hotels and glamorous visitors.

Cannes is one of the most fashionable destinations on France’s Côte d'Azur. The once sleepy fishing village is now a luxury tourist destination. The city’s waterfront promenade, La Croisette, epitomizes the city’s glamour with its high-end shops and luxury hotels, including the belle époque-style InterContinental Carlton.Much of the activity in Cannes is based along the oceanfront. Check out the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, the building where movies are screened during the Cannes Film Festival. The festival began in 1946 and nowadays runs for two weeks in May, when the city is teeming with celebrities. Look for the handprints of stars, such as Bruce Willis and Joan Collins, on the sidewalk outside the Palais. Visit the Le Suquet district to see a slice of old Cannes. Cobblestone streets lead to an 11th-century hilltop fort and views of the city and French Riviera coastline. Find a collection of 200 antique musical instruments at the Musée de la Castre (Castre Museum). Stock up on locally grown produce at Marché Forville (Forville Market), which takes place on Rue Louis Blanc Tuesday through Sunday. Nearby Rue d’Antibes is the city’s main shopping street.In the La Bocca district, enjoy the public beaches spread along Boulevard du Midi. Try watersports, including windsurfing, wakeboarding and kayaking.

Take a short boat trip to the Lérins Islands, which sit just off the coast of Cannes. Nature lovers will enjoy spotting birds and plants while wandering the trails on St. Marguerite Island. The Fort Royal’s prison famously held an unknown, hooded prisoner, better known as the Man in the Iron Mask, during the 1600s. On St. Honorat Island you can buy wine produced by Cistercian monks.

Central Cannes is easy to get around on foot. Alternatively, buy a ticket for the “toy” train, which passes by many of the major attractions. The 35-minute tour leaves from the Palais des Festivals every hour. Driving isn’t recommended in Cannes, as parking is expensive. The city’s low-cost bus service will take you to La Bocca, and as far as Antibes, Monaco and Nice.

Where to stay in Cannes

Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d'Albion
Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d'Albion
4 out of 5
38 Rue Des Serbes, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, 6408
The price is $141 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
$141
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, a casino, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (983 reviews)
"Great location- close and walkable to all the beautiful town of Cannes has to offer. Room was wonderful- clean, modern and just what we needed. Would definitely recommend and would stay again"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2022

Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d'Albion
Hôtel Martinez, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Hôtel Martinez, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
5 out of 5
73 La Croisette, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, 06406
The price is $237 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
$237
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and a private beach. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (423 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Hôtel Martinez, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Le Grand Hotel Cannes
Le Grand Hotel Cannes
5 out of 5
45 boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, 6400
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, a private beach, and breakfast. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (566 reviews)
Our stay in Le Grand
"Our stay was incredible - the hotel , location, stuff was excellent! Our hostess Karina met us and show us a room that was exactly as I booked with balcony and sea view."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Le Grand Hotel Cannes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hotel Belle Plage
Hotel Belle Plage
4 out of 5
2, rue Brougham - Square Mistral, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, 06400
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly residence in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Castre Museum and Notre ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great location and excellent staff!
"Fantastic location, recently refurbished, super contemporary, and comfortable. We stayed for a week in one of the 8 apartments, loads of room with all modern facilities and tech, super staff, nothing a problem, absolutely brilliant!"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Hotel Belle Plage
Residéal Premium Cannes
Residéal Premium Cannes
4 out of 5
11 Rue Bertrand Lepine, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, 6400
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly residence in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 spa tubs, and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (526 reviews)
Highly recommend this hotel
"Really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. Our apartment was very functional and well appointed. The property's location is excellent - very central, close to the public beach, city centre with loads of restaurants, bars, shops and cafés. The staff are very helpful and all speak very good English."

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Residéal Premium Cannes
Le Midi 8
Le Midi 8
3 out of 5
8 Bd du Midi Louise Moreau, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, 06400
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Castre Museum and Notre Dame d'Esperance ...
Le Midi 8
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Cannes

If you’re feeling energetic, get out there and explore Cannes on foot, people-watching on the promenade and taking in the town’s elegant architecture. There’s also an efficient bus system, and plenty of taxis. Cannes has busy roads and a confusing one-way system, which means that renting a car is not advisable – however, it’s a good option if you’re planning on exploring the area beyond the town itself. Browse Cannes rental cars.

Best time to visit

Cannes has long been a glamorous and popular vacation spot in summer and you’ll see why if you visit at this time of year, with beautiful sunny weather perfect for lounging on the beach. However, this time of year is also very busy and expensive; visit in fall for more reasonable prices and smaller crowds. May is best avoided if you don't want to deal with the Cannes Film Festival crowds.

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