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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 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.

Where to stay in Cannes

Cannes Old Town showing a coastal town

Cannes Old Town

5/5Exceptional!(2 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

Top hotels in Cannes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
The price is AU$533 per night

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! (210 reviews)

"The property was very clean and well kept . Staff were generally very polite and helpful ."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2020

Hotel Martinez in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Le Maestria
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Le Maestria
3 out of 5
664 route des 3 Moulins, Antibes, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is AU$122 per night

Situated in the business district, this residence is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sophia Antipolis, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Marineland Antibes and Polygone Riviera. ...

4/5Very Good! (396 reviews)

"Just got back from a weeks stay. Staff couldn't be any more helpful they allowed us to check in super early since we arrived in the morning. The room was a lot bigger than expected and clean. No problem with this hotel at all and would go and tay there again."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct. 2019

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Le Maestria
Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d'Albion
Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d'Albion
4 out of 5
38 Rue Des Serbes, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is AU$342 per night

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! (971 reviews)
Usually 10/10 last time 8/10

"Usually the hotel is 10/10 but this time 8/10. The checkin was was not welcoming or warm, they had problems with their card reader, the food I always order was really not as nice this time. I think the team that works on the weekend is MUCH better than the Thursday tea. My room wasn't as clean or ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d'Albion

Popular places to visit in Cannes

Promenade de la Croisette
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Promenade de la Croisette

4/5(17 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.

Cannes Harbour
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Cannes Harbour

4.5/5(4 reviews)

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

Palace of Festivals and Conferences
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Palace of Festivals and Conferences

4/5(2 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.

Top activities in Cannes

French Riviera Full-Day Tour (T1)
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French Riviera Full-Day Tour (T1)

AU$122
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
A Day in Provence (T4)
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A Day in Provence (T4)

AU$122
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
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$149
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Private Half-Day Tour of the French Riviera from Cannes
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Private Half-Day Tour of the French Riviera from Cannes

AU$519
Per adult
Cannes, Antibes Half-Day Tour (T3)
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Cannes, Antibes Half-Day Tour (T3)

AU$81
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Visit Provence and the capital of the world perfumery Grasse
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Visit Provence and the capital of the world perfumery Grasse

AU$1,139
Per adult

Reviews of Cannes

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Paul

18 Oct. 2019

Paradise

4/5 - Good

Laura

9 Jun. 2019

Very Beautiful at front water...lots shops...lots restaurants and bars

4/5 - Good

Michael

7 Nov. 2018

It was quite enjoyable, particularly as we were fortunate to stumble on the Film Festival atmosphere and experience.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Nov. 2018

Was a nice place to visit, lots of shopping in Cannes itself and really nice restuarants

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Photo "Le Cannet" by EliziR (CC BY-SA) / Cropped from original

Le Cannet