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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

Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, France

Juan-les-Pins

4.5/5Wonderful!(24 area reviews)

Juan-les-Pins is a destination visitors seek out for its beaches, abundant dining options and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like Juan-les-Pins Beach or Juan les Pins Palais des Congres while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Juan-les-Pins
Cannes Old Town showing a coastal town

Cannes Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(31 area reviews)

Cannes Old Town is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Promenade de la Croisette and Cannes Harbour while you're in town.

Cannes Old Town
Cannes City Centre, Cannes, France

Cannes City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(147 area reviews)

The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of Cannes City Centre. Make a stop by Promenade de la Croisette or Cannes Harbour while you're exploring the area.

Cannes City Centre
Cap-d'Antibes, Antibes, France

Cap-d'Antibes

4.5/5Wonderful!(31 area reviews)

Cap-d'Antibes is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Garoupe Beach and Salis Beach while you're in town.

Cap-d'Antibes
Antibes Old Town, Antibes, France

Antibes Old Town

5/5Exceptional!(11 area reviews)

Unique features of Antibes Old Town include the waterfront views and historical sites. Make a stop by Provencal Market or Picasso Museum while you're exploring the area.

Antibes Old Town
Antibes City Centre, Antibes, France

Antibes City Centre

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

Unique features of Antibes City Centre include the bars and spas. Make a stop by Provencal Market or Antibes Cathedral while you're exploring the area.

Antibes City Centre

Top hotels in Cannes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes
Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes
5 out of 5
10, La Croisette, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs17,355
per night
30 Apr-1 May

Located in Cannes Old Town, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, just steps away from Rue d'Antibes and Promenade de la Croisette. Cannes Harbour ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (905 reviews)

"Excellent staff, friendly and efficient Rooms are spacious and view was incredible"…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020

Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes
Hotel Martinez in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Hotel Martinez in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
5 out of 5
73 La Croisette, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
Rs28,040
per night
1 May-2 May

Located in Cannes City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Promenade de la Croisette and Palace of Festivals and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (181 reviews)

"The best hotel at Croisette. Extremely clean, conveniently located. Unfortunately SPA was closed for renovation."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Hotel 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

Located in Cannes City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rue d'Antibes and Promenade de la Croisette. Cannes Harbour and Sophia Antipolis ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (461 reviews)

"Good position, nice room, friendly and helpful staff, pleasant public rooms, Very expensive breakfasts, very complicated bath and shower tap arrangement."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2020

Hôtel Le Canberra - Hôtels Ocre et Azur

Popular things to do in Cannes

Promenade de la Croisette
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Promenade de la Croisette

4.5/5(249 reviews)

Stroll along one of the most famous sidewalks in France, a chic boulevard that is synonymous with the glamor and exhilarating buzz of Cannes.

Sophia Antipolis
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Sophia Antipolis

4/5(20 reviews)

Sophia Antipolis is just one of the places to see in Cannes, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? You can seek out the golf courses in this family-friendly area.

Cannes Harbour
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Cannes Harbour

4.5/5(85 reviews)

Marvel at the giant yachts in this playground for the rich and famous, situated below the old quarter of Cannes.

Picasso Museum
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Picasso Museum

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Visit the former Château Grimaldi stronghold in Antibes, now operating as a museum of artworks by the famous 20th-century artist Pablo Picasso.

Palace of Festivals and Conferences
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Palace of Festivals and Conferences

4/5(71 reviews)

Attend a classical music concert or peruse an art exhibition at the famous hall that is the focal point of the Cannes Film Festival.

Juan-les-Pins Beach
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Juan-les-Pins Beach

4.5/5(149 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Juan-les-Pins Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Antibes. While you're here, you can savour the lively bars.

Reviews of Cannes

4.6

Top Destination

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4 - Good 30.344827586206897%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

3 Jan 2020

If you like designer label shopping this is the place for you. Otherwise there is little to do in Cannes save walking along the Croisette (which is a building site at the moment) and visiting the Isle Ste Marguerite. The highlight was visiting the

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Dec 2019

Lovely resort. Nice laid back feel.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Nov 2019

Cannes doesn’t have the finesse of Nice but lovely as it’s smaller.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Oct 2019

The main road has been cordoned off quite some time now to build a new restaurant on the beach so the full promenade cannot be accessed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Oct 2019

Cannes is fabulous, the weather was amazing. We will return (but stay in a different hotel).

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Oct 2019

Cannes is a gem, always pleasure staying here. Love this place. Only worry is that beaches are sometimes shut, they were this time round, so we had to walk quite a bit to access it

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