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 Eustache Dauger, 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.

Known for

Beaches, Dining and Shopping

Where to stay in Cannes

Cannes Old Town
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Cannes Old Town

Beaches, Tour, Temples

Sightsee the old quarter of Cannes, where narrow streets are filled with historic buildings and the views of the city and sea are mesmerizing.

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Top hotels in Cannes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Martinez in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
5 out of 5
73 La Croisette, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
4.6/5Wonderful! (98 reviews)

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (98 reviews)

"Amazing new rooms, A/C central not just coolers. Spacious bathrooms.. excellent breakfast Buffet.. housekeeping come 2-3times a day"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2019

Hotel Martinez in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
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Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes
5 out of 5
10, La Croisette, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
4.4/5Wonderful! (814 reviews)

Located in Cannes Old Town, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, just steps from Rue d'Antibes, Palace of Festivals and Conferences, and Promenade ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (814 reviews)

"The best rooms and location in Cannes and great 👍 breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2019

Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes
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Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d'Albion
4 out of 5
38 Rue Des Serbes, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
4.3/5Excellent! (916 reviews)

This family-friendly Cannes hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Rue d'Antibes, Promenade de la Croisette, and Palace of Festivals and Conferences. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (916 reviews)

"After a very long, multi city, international flight, we finally arrived at the hotel (past midnight) (we had already notified Expedia/hotel of our late check in), and were told that the hotel had overbooked and that we could only have one room (instead of two that we had FULLY paid for in advance). ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2019

Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d'Albion

Popular activities in Cannes

Promenade de la Croisette
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Promenade de la Croisette

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

Palace of Festivals and Conferences
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Palace of Festivals and Conferences

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

International Perfume Museum
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International Perfume Museum

Smell the heady aromas of hundreds of fragrances and view antique perfume containers as you learn about the history and skills of creating scents.

Top activities in Cannes

Half Day : flavor & taste of Provence
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Half Day : flavor & taste of Provence

AU$82

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Nice, and then explore the pretty villages of the French Riviera. Make your way in air-conditioned comfort to the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence, known for its modern and contemporary art museums.

Small Group Cannes, Grasse & Gourdon Full Day Tour from Nice
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Small Group Cannes, Grasse & Gourdon Full Day Tour from Nice

AU$151

The idyllic countryside beyond the glitzy coastal stretch of the French Riviera is just as charming as the seaside. Embark on a full-day tour to visit vibrant Cannes, delightful Saint Paul de Vence, and the enchanting medieval village of Gourdon, perched near the picturesque Gorges du Loup.

French Riviera Full-Day Tour
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French Riviera Full-Day Tour

AU$123

Find tranquillity in medieval Eze and extravagant yachts in Monaco’s marina, explore the artistic ambiance of Saint Paul de Vence, and uncover the excitement of the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit in Monte Carlo. This tour shows you the diversity of the wonderful French Riviera.

Personalized Chauffeur-Driven Tour
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Personalized Chauffeur-Driven Tour

AU$57

If you're looking to explore the beautiful Cote d'Azur at your pace and on your terms, this personalized sightseeing tour with luxury minivan is the perfect choice. Sit back in comfort as your personal guide helps you discover the best of the French Riviera in the most stylish way.

Small-Group Èze, Monaco & Monte Carlo Half-Day Tour from Cannes
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Small-Group Èze, Monaco & Monte Carlo Half-Day Tour from Cannes

AU$101

Gaze at the beauty of the hilltop hamlet of Èze, discover Roman ruins in La Turbie, and explore the enchanting cities of Monaco and Monte Carlo. This exclusive tour takes you directly to the front of the Prince’s Palace at the Rock of Monaco, giving you more time at this magnificent landmark.

Half-Day French Riviera Tour with Cannes, Antibes & St. Paul de Vence
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Half-Day French Riviera Tour with Cannes, Antibes & St. Paul de Vence

AU$80

Spend half a day touring the glamor of the French Riviera, passing through Cannes, Antibes, and St. Paul de Vence with an expert guide. Explore elegant architecture, pristine ports, and beauty that has inspired artists through the ages as you're chauffeured around the historic towns.

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