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

Nemea Appart Hotel Cannes Palais
Nemea Appart Hotel Cannes Palais
4 out of 5
6 Rue André Chaude, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $95 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Cannes City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carnot Boulevard and Promenade de la Croisette. Rue d'Antibes and Cannes Harbour are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (172 reviews)
"Value for money"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Nemea Appart Hotel Cannes Palais
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
The price is $192 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Cannes City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Promenade de la Croisette and Palace of Festivals and ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (316 reviews)
"Excellent Service, the room was gorgeous, food amazing!"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Hôtel Martinez, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Hôtel Le Canberra - Hôtels Ocre et Azur
Hôtel Le Canberra - Hôtels Ocre et Azur
4 out of 5
120 Rue d Antibes, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $129 per night from Feb 18 to Feb 19
Offering direct access to the beach, this Cannes City Centre hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Rue d'Antibes and Promenade de la Croisette. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (506 reviews)
"The property is well located as a walking distance from the Croisette and just in Rue d'Antibes, the place for shopping"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

Hôtel Le Canberra - Hôtels Ocre et Azur
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.
Residhotel Villa Maupassant
Residhotel Villa Maupassant
8 Rue de la Verrerie, La Bocca, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $45 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in La Bocca, this beach residence is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Midi Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cannes Harbour and Rue d'Antibes. Promenade de la Croisette ...
3.4/5 Good! (227 reviews)
Nice end of summer break
"Great location, nice room, clean and equipped"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Residhotel Villa Maupassant
Résidence Pierre & Vacances Cannes Verrerie
Résidence Pierre & Vacances Cannes Verrerie
6 rue de la Verrerie, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
Located in La Bocca, this beachfront residence is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Midi Beach, Cannes Harbour, and Rue d'Antibes. Promenade de la ...
3/5 (239 reviews)
"The only good thing was the pool. But no life gaurd and over crowded. The suite was incredibly dirty so many horrible things to say about this hotel. Management is digustingly rude by far the worse hotel i have ever stayed at. Reception closes for a part of the day everyday!!! So no one is there ..."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Résidence Pierre & Vacances Cannes Verrerie
Residhotel Les Coralynes
Residhotel Les Coralynes
3 Traverse de la Colline, Cannes
The price is $46 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
Located in Cannes City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Carnot Boulevard and Promenade de la Croisette. Rue d'Antibes and Palace of Festivals ...
3.7/5 Good! (298 reviews)
"It was just fine and what I required"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Residhotel Les Coralynes
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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