Glitz, glamor, and gorgeous beaches, the legendary seaside resort town of Cannes on the French Riviera in the South of France has it all. Famous for hosting the annual Cannes Film Festival which turns Cannes into Tinseltown, bringing some of the world’s biggest stars to town, Cannes is a playground the rich and famous. Home to beautiful sandy beaches, elegant Belle Epoque hotels, world-class restaurants, designer boutiques, and private marinas filled with luxury super-yachts, the sun-kissed city shimmers with charisma and charm. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Boulevard de la Croisette
The palm-lined Boulevard de la Croisette is one of the most iconic streets on the French Riviera. Extending along the French Riviera seafront from the new Palais des Festivals to the La Roseraie Park, the boulevard is lined with luxurious Belle Epoque hotels boasting exquisite French Art Nouveau architecture. Between the hotels are designer boutiques, and opulent residential villas with unfettered ocean views. A promenade runs parallel to the boulevard and is a great spot for a languid seaside stroll and soaking up the beautiful views of the Lérins Islands and the Mediterranean Sea. The beaches along this stretch are private and a small fee is required to use them.
Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, 6400, France
2.Marche Forville (Forville Market)
Marché Forville is a large covered pedestrianized market and a local foodie institution in the heart of Cannes. Located on the edge of the Le Suquet neighborhood, the famous market sells a wealth of seasonal produce such as fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, as well as fresh meats and charcuterie, handmade cheeses, fresh fish directly off the boats, organic Provençal products, and handmade local delicacies. The market also has a variety of food stalls, selling freshly prepared cuisine from traditional French fare to Italian and fresh seafood. Marché Forville is open Tuesday through Sunday with an all-day flea market on Mondays.
5-11 Rue du Marché Forville, Cannes, 6400, France
3.Cannes Yachting Festival
Established in 1977, the Cannes Yachting Festival is an annual boat show that takes in the bay of Cannes every September. Showcasing some of the world’s most luxurious and opulent boats, yachts and super-yachts, the show draws an international crowd of wealth boat-owners, potential buyers, and tourists wanting to live out their millionaire fantasies. The Festival takes place in the Vieux Port (the Old Port) and the Port Pierre Canto, and sailing is conducted in the Port Canto. A Luxury Gallery dedicated to lifestyle and luxury is based inside the Palais des Festivals.
Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, 6400, France
4.La Croix des Gardes
La Croix des Gardes is a 200-acre wide public space featuring exquisitely manicured gardens and grounds, palm-shaded walking paths and hiking trails, tranquil water features, and plenty of shaded picnic areas. The park is home to the Château de la Croix des Gardes, a Medici-style villa built for Swiss industrialist Paul Girod in 1919. The Italianate-style gardens were established when the villa was built and have since been converted into a park for the public to enjoy.
166 Boulevard Leader, Cannes, 6400, France
5.Mairie de Cannes (Cannes Town Hall)
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Built in 1877 by Louis Hourlier, the Mairie de Cannes (Cannes Town Hall) is a beautifully preserved building in the heart of Cannes and an excellent example of 19th-century architecture. Overlooking the port of Cannes, the Mairie is an important administrative location that plays a vital role in running the town and offers services like registrations for births, deaths, and marriages.
1 Place Bernard Cornut Gentille, Cannes, 6400, France, Phone: +33-497-06-40-00
6.Le Vieux Port (Old Port)
Situated below the historic Le Suquet quarter, Le Vieux Port (Old Port) is home to luxury super-yachts, beautiful sailboats, chic portside cafés, and bars, and beautiful Mediterranean scenery. Also known as Port Cannes I, the Vieux Port is the starting point for the famous Royal Regatta and is close to the Gare Maritime (Marine Railway Station). The pretty Allées de la Liberté is just north of the port and hosts the vibrant Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market) every morning. Le Vieux Port (Old Port) is great for beautiful sunsets, sipping cocktails, and people watching.
Jetée Albert Edouard, Cannes, 6400, France
7.Le Suquet (Old Town)
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Perched high on the slopes of Mont Chevalier with stunning views across the bay, Le Suquet (Old Town) is an ancient Roman settlement and fishing village with Old World charm. Boasting a picturesque hillside setting, the enchanting village has beautifully preserved 18th and 19th-century pastel-colored buildings draped with blossoming bougainvillea, winding cobblestone streets, and quaint family-run restaurants. The Eglise du Suquet church rests at the heart of the town and the 11th-century Tour du Mont Chevalier watchtower offers spectacular panoramic views out to the Lérins Islands from the top. The little streets are lined with designer boutiques and specialty gourmet stores selling traditional French delicacies.
Rue Saint Antoine, Le Suquet, Cannes, 6400, France
8.Musee de la Castre
Based within a medieval castle on a hill overlooking the Bay of Cannes, the Musée de la Castre features an impressive collection of artworks and artifacts ranging from 19th-century Provencal landscape paintings and Mediterranean antiquities to pre-Columbian primitive art. Other notable items in the collection include exotic objects from Oceania and an extensive collection of musical instruments from around the globe. Once a monastery for the monks of Lérins, the castle is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and a 12th-century tower which can be climbed to enjoy breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Cannes and the Mediterranean Sea.
6 Rue de la Castre, Le Suquet, Cannes, 6400, France, Phone: +33-489-82-26-26
9.Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Esperance
Based on the summit of Le Suquet high above Cannes, Église Notre-Dame de l'Espérance is an imposing late-Gothic edifice with panoramic views over the city and the most important church in Cannes. Built in the 14th century, the beautiful church features a blend of architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Renaissance. Serene interiors boast soaring Gothic vaulting and a 17th-century Madonna on the altar and a cemetery behind the church dating back to the 16th century. The Nuits Musicales du Suquet (Musical Nights of Le Suquet) is held in the church square every summer and presents classical music performances under the stars.
1 Rue de la Castre, Cannes, 6400, France, Phone: +33-49-399-55-07
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10.Ile Saint-Honorat (The Island of Saint-Honorat)
Île Saint-Honorat is a large island off the coast of Cannes that has been home to a community of Cistercian monks since the 5th century. The second largest of the Lérins Islands, a group of isles that lie off the coast of the French Riviera, Île Saint-Honorat is just a mile long and 1,300 feet wide. The island is home to the Abbey of Lérins and a 15th-century fortified monastery in which the 30 Cistercian monks reside. There are also several disused chapels, a Second World War gun emplacement, and the remains of a cannonball oven built by Napoleon. The monastery is closed to the public, but a small monastery shop sells a variety of monastic items, as well as honey and wine produced on the island by the monks.
Île Saint-Honorat, Cannes, 6400, France
11.Ile Sainte-Marguerite (Sainte-Marguerite Island)
Resting next to Île Saint-Honorat is Île Sainte-Marguerite (Sainte-Marguerite Island), the largest of the Lérins Islands and home to the famous 17th century Fort Royal fortress prison. Spanning 1.8 miles in length and almost 3,000 feet wide, the island was used as a state prison in the late 1600s, incarcerating several infamous prisoners until its closure in the 20th century. Today, the fort houses the Museum of the Sea and a youth hostel, and visitors can explore the prison cells on guided tours. The island has lovely dense forests and beautiful beaches and offers a tranquil escape from the crowds of Cannes in the summer.
Île Sainte-Marguerite, Cannes, 6400, France
12.Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival)
The Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival) is a world-renowned international festival held every May that celebrates art-house and mainstream cinema. The red-carpet event draws famous filmmakers and movie stars from around the world, as well as journalists, critics, and fans, turning the seaside resort town into a glamorous party. Most of the action takes place on the famous Boulevard de la Croisette, however, all the theaters, cinemas, and hotels throughout the city are packed with festival-goers.
Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, 6400, France
13.Centre D'art La Malmaison (La Malmaison Museum)
Based in the beautifully preserved Grand Hôtel on Boulevard de la Croisette, the Centre D'art La Malmaison (La Malmaison Museum) showcases a collection of contemporary art through a variety of annual exhibitions. Built in 1863, the magnificent hotel in which the gallery is located converted its games and tea rooms into museum space in 1983 and hosts two major expositions annually with works by both famous artists who were inspired by the Cote d'Azur. Prominent artists featured in the museum's collection include Picasso, Matisse, César, Masson, Miró, and Ozenfant, along with other 20th and 21st-century contemporary artists.
47 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France
14.InterContinental Carlton Hotel
Exuding the grace and charm of a bygone era, the InterContinental Carlton Hotel in Cannes is one of the most luxurious hotels in France. Designed by architects Marcellin Mayère and Charles Dalmas, the iconic hotel was built in the early 20th century in the Belle Époque style and takes center stage on the famous Boulevard de la Croisette with unfettered views over the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel’s two domes on either end are thought to be modeled after the famous courtesan, Caroline Otero (La Belle Otero), and the hotel boasts exquisitely appointed and ultra-luxurious suites with the finest amenities. The hotel has hosted many famous movie stars from around the world and was featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 classic film To Catch a Thief.
Cs 40052, 58 Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 6400, France, Phone: +33-493-06-40-06
Rue d’Antibes is the main shopping street in Cannes and lined with designer boutiques, global brand stores, and exclusive little shops selling unique items. Once the old national road that linked Cannes to Antibes, the downtown street is now a shopping mecca with the biggest ready-to-wear brand stores alongside ultra-luxurious designer boutiques.
Rue d'Antibes, Cannes, 6400, France
Palm Beach is one of the free beaches in Cannes and is ideal for families with young children due to its shallow shoreline waters. Located on the western side of the Pointe Croisette headland in front of the legendary but now closed Palm Beach Casino and Disco, the beach offers a quiet, crowd-free escape from the hustle and bustle of other beaches in Cannes. The beach has basic facilities like toilets and a small kiosk selling snacks and drinks and is great for watersports activities like windsurfing and kayaking.
13000 Whiskey Creek Rd, Tillamook, OR 97141, Phone: 800-551-6949
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17.Plage du Midi
Plage du Midi is a large public beach that runs the length of the Boulevard du Midi and is lined with chic beach clubs and cafés. Stretching from the Vieux Port for 2,500 feet towards Cannes la Bocca, Plage du Midi is one of four beaches along this stretch of coastline, all of which have lifeguards in the summer, small kiosks selling snacks and drinks, and toilets and showers. The beach cafés along Plage du Midi erect pontoons in the water which are great for sunbathing, and rent out parasols, sun loungers, and a variety of water sports equipment from paddle boats to snorkels.
Boulevard du Midi Louise Moreau, Cannes, 6400, France
18.Palais des Festivals et des Congres
The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is a large convention center that hosts major events such as the Cannes Film Festival, the NRJ Music Awards, and the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Built in 1949 to host the Cannes Film Festival, the center is located on Boulevard de la Croisette and boasts 115,000 square feet of space, which includes 18 auditoriums with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, and numerous rooms for private events and functions. In addition to hosting major festivals, the center hosts conferences throughout the year.
1 Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, 6400, France, Phone: +33-492-99-84-00
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19.Hotel Barriere Le Majestic
Hotel Barrière Le Majestic is a grande dame on the Boulevard de la Croisette with luxurious accommodations, high-end amenities, and a private beach. Built in 1926 in an elegant Art Deco style, the historic luxury hotel has beautifully appointed guest suites with terraces and opulent penthouses overlooking the beach and sea and two award-winning French restaurants with cocktail bars. A full-service spa offers pampering body treatments in plush surroundings, and a private projection room is available for film showings. The iconic hotel is a favorite among locals and hosts several events throughout the year.
10 Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 6407, France, Phone: +33-492-98-77-00
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20.La Serviette Blanche
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La Serviette Blanche is a foodie’s delight, offering award-winning cuisine and fine wines in a beautiful Cote d'Azur setting, as well as culinary classes, market tours, chefs table evenings, and wine pairings. Helmed by professionally trained chef, Eliane, and her team, the restaurant has Provencal-style décor and a warm and welcoming ambiance and serves seasonal menus of farm-to-table cuisine using only the freshest and highest quality of locally sourced ingredients. Eliane also offers an array of food-orientated adventures like truffle foraging, fondue classes, olive mill visits, and more.
4 Rue la Fontaine, Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 6400, France, Phone: +33-623-92-80-25
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21.Ristorante Panini Federal
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Ristorante Panini Federal is a cozy bistro that serves Italian and South American-inspired cuisine and specializes in authentic Italian paninis. The small restaurant has comfortable décor and a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere and serves lunch and dinner menus inspired by the four owner’s world travels. Seasonal menus feature a variety of fresh South American-inspired salads, sharing platters, and gourmet paninis with various fillings, all prepared using fresh locally sourced ingredients from surrounding farms. Beverages range from easy-drinking Italian wines and an extensive selection of classic and creative cocktails. Ristorante Panini Federal is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily.
5 Rue Hélène Vagliano, 06400 Cannes, France, Phone: +33-4-93-39-71-49
L’Assiette Provençale is an elegant restaurant on the waterfront in the port of Cannes with a covered terrace and spectacular sea views. The relaxed eatery is inviting and warm and serves traditional Provençale cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients. Diners can select dishes off an à la carte menu or enjoy set menus with three courses of delicious French fare with signature dishes like peasant terrines with bacon and lentils, mille-feuille of wolf with bordelaise sauce, and Provençale vegetable maki with fresh goat cheese. A selection of fine French wines is available, as well as high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. L’Assiette Provençale is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
9 Quai Saint-Pierre, Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 06400, France, Phone: +33-493-38-52-14
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Tucked away on a quiet pedestrianized road close to the bustling Rue d'Antibes, L’Épicurieux is a café, restaurant, and bar that caters to a brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks crowd. The cozy family-run eatery serves traditional and gourmet French cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients such as the signature truffle pasta and entrecôte, and an extensive wine list of French and Italian wines for both casual and refined tastes. An outdoor terrace offers alfresco-style dining in the summer months, and live music is hosted on Saturday evenings. L’Épicurieux is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
6 Rue des Frères Casanova, Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 06400, France, Phone: +33-664-50-11-82
L’Éponyme is a family-owned Michelin-star restaurant that serves Mediterranean inspired cuisine in an elegant, relaxed setting. Exposed stone walls and contemporary décor create a stylish ambiance and a large window allows natural light in and offers views onto the street. The restaurant serves an à la carte and set menu, both of which boast contemporary French cuisine with an Asian twist with dishes like turbot with lemongrass, roast cod and lemon confit in aromatic herbs, and pan-fried beef with wok vegetables. A selection of French wines, craft beers, and classic cocktails accompany the cuisine, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
4 Rue de Bône, Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 06400, France, Phone: +33-493-99-48-71
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Twenty Nine is a casual burger joint on Avenue Monte Carlo in the La Bocca neighborhood just west of Cannes that serves a variety of fast food and freshly prepared burgers. The value-for-money eatery offers quick and easy food to grab on the go with a selection of burgers and fries, sandwiches, sides, and non-alcoholic beverages.
25 Avenue Monte-Carlo, Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 06150, France, Phone: +33-493-90-98-63
25 Best Things to Do in Cannes, France
- Boulevard de la Croisette, Photo: dudlajzov/stock.adobe.com
- Marche Forville (Forville Market), Photo: maudanros/stock.adobe.com
- Cannes Yachting Festival, Photo: murmakova/stock.adobe.com
- La Croix des Gardes, Photo: Alexander/stock.adobe.com
- Mairie de Cannes (Cannes Town Hall), Photo: Ilhan Balta/stock.adobe.com
- Le Vieux Port (Old Port), Photo: kerenby/stock.adobe.com
- Le Suquet (Old Town), Photo: Arthur R./stock.adobe.com
- Musee de la Castre, Photo: pixssell/stock.adobe.com
- Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, Photo: pixssell/stock.adobe.com
- Ile Saint-Honorat (The Island of Saint-Honorat), Photo: nito/stock.adobe.com
- Ile Sainte-Marguerite (Sainte-Marguerite Island), Photo: Davidzfr/stock.adobe.com
- Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival), Photo: alipko/stock.adobe.com
- Centre D'art La Malmaison (La Malmaison Museum), Photo: aerogondo/stock.adobe.com
- InterContinental Carlton Hotel, Photo: elophotos/stock.adobe.com
- Rue d’Antibes, Photo: Jelena/stock.adobe.com
- Palm Beach, Photo: diyanadimitrova/stock.adobe.com
- Plage du Midi, Photo: frederikloewer/stock.adobe.com
- Palais des Festivals et des Congres, Photo: markobe/stock.adobe.com
- Hotel Barriere Le Majestic, Photo: Elenathewise/stock.adobe.com
- La Serviette Blanche, Photo: La Serviette Blanche
- Ristorante Panini Federal, Photo: Ristorante Panini Federal
- L’Assiette Provencale, Photo: davit85/stock.adobe.com
- L'Epicurieux, Photo: L'Épicurieux
- L'Eponyme, Photo: L'Eponyme
- Twenty Nine, Photo: Twenty Nine
- Cover Photo: vichie81/stock.adobe.com