Many assume a visit to Cannes requires no less than a) a private jet or b) at least one Oscar nomination. Here's the secret: travelers on any budget, arriving in any style, can enjoy Cannes. Lazing along the French Riviera, the once small fishing village is now all about waterfront glamour and romance. A stroll along Cannes’ seaside catwalk La ... Read more
Croisette yields beautiful views on one side and luxury shops and sumptuous hotels on the other. The highlight is the Palais des Festivals, home to the Cannes Film Festival, usually held in May each year. The Mediterranean-fronting beaches in Cannes are so pristine and stunning that millions of visitors each year show up to agree. Public beaches can be overcrowded (private beaches are costly), so the second secret to Cannes: nearby islands Îles de Lérins are just a ferry ride away. Cannes is not just about beaches and movie stars; attractions include a working monastery, haunted tower, perfume museum and restaurants worthy of Julia Child (who once had a home in the hills above the city). On a budget? Consider a gîte (self-catered apartment) to make Cannes affordable.

Cannes places to stay and top hotels

Cannes things to do and experiences

  • Cannes Beach
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  • La Croisette
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  • Îles de Lerins
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  • Île Ste-Marguerite
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Top Cannes restaurants

  • Le Baoli
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  • Golfe-Juan
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London, UK

Home to the Cannes film festival and all the glitz and glamour. About a 20 minute drive from Nice, Cannes has a charm all on its own. A little less laid back than Nice but beautiful nevertheless

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Houston, Texas, USA

Absolutely stunning! But better if you have money to spend. There's no such thing as a cheap meal in Cannes, but enjoying a bottle of wine on the beach is an incredible experience.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Based on a whirlwind pass through, I give it the benefit of the doubt. A hodgepodge of old mixed with new, style mixed with gauche. The beaches are impressive for the region but average at best when compared world-wide.

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Los Angeles, California

Another 'must visit' day trip! Stroll around the harbour and flaunt it on the 'Croisette', visit the Carlton hotel where all the stars stay during the yearly Film Festival.
Visit rue d'Antibes for some serious shopping!

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Foster City, California, USA

We just missed the Cannes film festival when we took the train there from Nice by a week. But it was a nice little town to walk around so we enjoyed it.

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Cannes, a resort town on the French Riviera, is famed for its international film festival. Its Boulevard de la Croisette, curving along the coast, is lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels. It’s also home to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, a modern building complete with red carpet and Allée des Stars – Cannes’ walk of fame.


The best way to describe Cannes is with the French word "Mondaine” (High Society) There are wonderful shops and shopping streets. Places for the rich and the famous. Owners who with their ships moored in the harbour of Cannes don’t need to look at an Euro more or less. Cannes is also known for its film festival. Cannes has a, artificial, sandy beach. While Nice have pebbly beach. Sorry Cannes, your attractive, but still my heart, after all the years I visit the Cote d’Azur, lies in Nice.

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A must see city in the South of France....La Croissette, the old town (Le Souquet), la rue d'Antibes, beaches, boutiques, restaurants... anything you like...

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Abergavenny, UK

The beachfront is clearly amazing, but I really liked walking down the side streets which have a lot of character to it, and if time had permitted, I would have happily have spent more time exploring the streets.

Longmont, Colorado, USA

Cannes has two claims to fame. First and most obviously, the Cannes Film Festival. However, for the rest of the year the main reason to drop in on Cannes is the white sand beaches. Many other beaches on the Riviera are composed of pebbles or, like Nice, big rocks that will hurt your feet.

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