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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

Top hotels in Cannes

Five Seas Hotel Cannes
Five Seas Hotel Cannes
5 out of 5
1 Rue Notre Dame, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
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Located in Cannes Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Rue d'Antibes and Palace of Festivals and Conferences. Promenade de la Croisette and Cannes ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (322 reviews)
Disappointing

"Nice hotel but the Executive room is not worth the money at all. The Superior room is better and less expensive."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

Five Seas Hotel Cannes
Citadines Croisette Cannes
Citadines Croisette Cannes
3 out of 5
1 rue le Poussin, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
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Located in Cannes City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Carnot Boulevard, Palace of Festivals and Conferences and Cannes Harbour. Promenade ...

4.1/5Very Good! (341 reviews)

"The hotel itself is conveniently located, an easy walk to the promenade, the room was clean, comfortable and in good condition. Room is like a small studio with separate areas (living, bedroom, bath and kitchen) and kitchen is equipped for cooking.Good value for the area and perfect for an extended ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2020

Citadines Croisette Cannes
Hotel Verlaine
Hotel Verlaine
4 out of 5
58 Boulevard d'Alsace, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
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This family-friendly hotel is located in the city centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of Promenade de la Croisette, Palace of Festivals and Conferences and Forville Provencal ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)
New and luxurious hotel

"Excellent hotel with luxurious feel and exceptionally clean room. I thoroughly enjoyed the stay!"…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec. 2019

Hotel Verlaine
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.

Holiday Rentals in Cannes

Citadines Croisette Cannes
Citadines Croisette Cannes
3 out of 5
1 rue le Poussin, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes

Located in Cannes City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Carnot Boulevard, Palace of Festivals and Conferences and Cannes Harbour. Promenade ...

4.1/5Very Good! (341 reviews)

"The hotel itself is conveniently located, an easy walk to the promenade, the room was clean, comfortable and in good condition. Room is like a small studio with separate areas (living, bedroom, bath and kitchen) and kitchen is equipped for cooking.Good value for the area and perfect for an extended ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2020

Citadines Croisette Cannes
New! Residence Marceau - Cannes Center - Walk to Beach!
New! Residence Marceau - Cannes Center - Walk to Beach!
3 RUE MARCEAU, Cannes, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur

Located in Cannes City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Rue d'Antibes, Promenade de la Croisette and Palace of Festivals and Conferences. ...

5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Location, Location, Location

"The apartment is in the very center of Cannes, superbly renovated, ideal for the visitor whether on business or pleasure. We were welcomed delighted to see how well appointed, immaculate and comfortable the apartment was. The small touches in design were wonderful to discover. The location was excellent ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Oct. 2019

New! Residence Marceau - Cannes Center - Walk to Beach!
Charming 1 Bedroom Apartment Center
Charming 1 Bedroom Apartment Center
9 Boulevard Carnot, Cannes, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
The price is AU$156 per night from 2 Dec. to 3 Dec.

Located in Cannes City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Carnot Boulevard, Promenade de la Croisette and Palace of Festivals and ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Small cozy apartment close to pretty much everything that a visitor to Cannes needs."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2020

Charming 1 Bedroom Apartment Center
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.

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Reviews of Cannes

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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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