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Cannes

  • Cote d'Azur, France

Last updated: 19 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Cannes drips glamour in May, when the  movie stars gather in town for its Film Festival. But there’s plenty of glitz to go around the rest of the year too.

Sister city of Hollywood, its superb crescent of sand, fabled hotels, designer boutiques and smart bars, restaurants and clubs offer a chance to immerse yourself in pure Riviera bling.

And if you need some down time, just hop on a boat to the peaceful, wooded Lerin Islands, Ile Saint-Honorat and Ile Sainte-Margarite – the latter once hosted the Man in the Iron Mask.

Orientation

Picturesque old Cannes, crowned by a medieval castle, covers the steep hill of Le Suquet; at night its bars and restaurants spring into life. The yacht-filled port separates it from the enormous Palais des Festivals ( ‘the Bunker’) marking the start of the beach and Boulevard de la Croisette, lined with hotels, posh apartments and cafés in pole position for people-watching; the chic boutiques are just inland along Rue d’Antibes. East of La Croisette, the hillside Le Californie neighbourhood is dotted with lavish villas. The two Lerin islands are a short hop away by boat.

Tours, tickets & transfers

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this destination, plus helpful tickets and transfers

French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice

  • Nice

French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice

Viator

From Monte Carlo to Cannes discover the fabulous towns of the French Riviera on this small-group day trip from Nice. By the seacoast road, join Eze, a medieval village appreciate the view overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. You will discover the secrets of perfumes and its industry from through the visit of a factory. Drive toward the Principality of Monaco to discover the old town, the Prince's Palace and the sumptuous Cathedral. From the starting line of the Grand Prix Formula 1 track, reach Monte Carlo, universe of luxe and elegance around the emblematic Casino. Then, join the West-side of the Riviera. In Cannes, put your hands into celebrities' handprints, encircling the "Film Festival Palace" and its red carpet. Relax and enjoy the panorama along the coastline passing by renowned Cap d'Antibes, residence's place of the wealthiest. Finish by Antibes, walled-city and stroll around the picturesque old town and admire the super yachts magnitudes at the billionaires' quay.

Price €114

Min age 0

Rating 4.61 / 5 [581 ratings]

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Cannes, Antibes, and St Paul de Vence Full-day from Nice Small-Group Tour

  • Nice

Cannes, Antibes, and St Paul de Vence Full-day from Nice Small-Group Tour

Viator

Following the coast road, drive to the old Antibes, the incredible harbor and its ramparts. Reach Cannes driving by the Croisette boulevard to the film festival Palace and feel as a star walking up the world known steps. On the way back, join the typical medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence made famous by actors and artists living there. Its cobblestone streets, many galleries and nice view overlooking the sea make it a unique place. This small-group shore excursion is limited to eight people enshuring you will receive personalized attention from your guide. During your tour, the guide will provide information in the minivan in order to give you free time to explore on your own. For Cruisers, in case of last minute cancellation of port of call, an exceptional refund of 50% will be granted upon request.

Price €89

Min age 0

Rating 4.64 / 5 [90 ratings]

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Cannes E-Bike Guided Tour

  • Cannes

Cannes E-Bike Guided Tour

Viator

In this 2-3 hour tour, follow your guide and discover the famous French Riviera city : Cannes by riding  an amazing ebike,. Explore Cannes: the old port, the Suquet neighborhood, the famous La Croisette boulevard, La Californie or Palm Beach area. See the iconic hotels, the luxurious shops and the Palace Festival. Ride along the sea and the beaches and make several stops to take pictures, to shop or to have a drink. More than 8 ? Book a private tour

Price €69

Min age 14

Rating 4.5 / 5 [60 ratings]

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Cannes, Gourdon, & Saint-Paul-de-Vence Small Group Day Trip from Nice

  • Nice

Cannes, Gourdon, & Saint-Paul-de-Vence Small Group Day Trip from Nice

Viator

Explore in this full day 8-hour tour the countryside surrounding Nice. You will visit some Provence and French Riviera marvels: Grasse, Gourdon, Tourettes-sur-Loup, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Cannes in a small-group to ensure personal service.

Price €128

Min age 0

Rating 4.61 / 5 [52 ratings]

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Private Cannes Ferrari Tour

  • Cannes

Private Cannes Ferrari Tour

Viator

We want you to discover Cannes in a convertible red Ferrari California with a Photo Pack to commemorate this unique and unforgettable moment. The price is €162 per tour, which can accommodate up to three people.

Price €200

Min age 0

Rating 4.84 / 5 [38 ratings]

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Travel advice

When to go

Although crowded, Cannes is at its crazy best during the Film Festival in May. Winters are exceptionally mild; summers are hot but good for the beach. October and November tend to be the wettest and windiest months.

From mid-July to late August, the city hosts weekly fireworks spectaculars in the sea in front of the fabled Carlton Hotel as various countries compete.

Getting there and away

Nice Airport is 30 to 45 minutes from Cannes if the traffic isn’t too heavy, a trip you can make by taxi or Express Bus No. 210; there also a slower and much cheaper regular bus (No. 200).

There are an average of 48 trains a day between Nice and Cannes you’ll never have to wait long.

Getting around

Most of the sights are in walking distance – but take city bus No.8 to Palm Beach to see La Croisette in all its glory. There are plentiful taxis for longer trips, and places to hire a bike, e-bike or a scooter, or even a Harley Davidson. Major international car hire firms are at Cannes’ train station (be sure to book one in advance in summer). There’s a useful car park by the Forville market just under Le Suquet.

Where to stay

If your budget stretches far enough, stay in one of the star-studded hotels along La Croisette. Room rates dip considerably if you stay just inland, where the vast majority of hotels are concentrated. These rarely have reserved spots on the beach, so if you plan a day there be sure to arrive before noon to bag a sunbed.

Destination guides

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Other guides relevant to this destination

Nice

  • Nice, Cote d'Azur, France

Long strip of beach and blue sea with city behind

Destination guide

The buzzing, art-filled, foodie capital of the French Riviera, with a charming, Italian-influenced historic centre. The ideal base for a first-time visit to the Cote d’Azur, and home to the world-renowned Nice Carnival.

Monaco

  • Monaco, Cote d'Azur, France

Monaco

Destination guide

The Riviera’s Never Never Land for the rich, offering bling, glamour, sights, high-roller casinos and entertainment galore.

Saint-Tropez

  • Saint-Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France

View of Saint-Tropez's small marina with restaurants and shops

Destination guide

Chic yacht-filled resort, where the jet set parade the beach and party till dawn. Glitz, glamour and superb people-watching.

French Riviera

  • Cote d'Azur, France

View of boating marina and the town on hills behind

Destination guide

Money, glamour and bombshell looks: this beach-trimmed stretch of French coast offers decadent hotels, lounging in beach clubs, fine restaurants and world-class art.