The film festival, billionaires and the jet set!
Cannes is one of the most popular towns on the French Riviera.
Each year its beaches, its Mediterranean climate and its exceptional geographical location near Nice (15.5 miles), Monaco (22 miles) and Saint-Tropez (27 miles) attract some three million visitors from all around the world.
Of course, when talking about Cannes, we inevitably think about the International Film Festival and la Croisette, the unmissable seafront promenade. It was an English politician and writer, Lord Henry Brougham, who fell in love with the town in 1834 and subsequently introduced it to his compatriots. Today, Cannes is no longer the fishing village of yesteryear! The capital of cinema is known worldwide for its trade fairs but also for its prestigious luxury hotels (Le Martinez, le Carlton...) frequented by film stars and other wealthy tourists. Cannes, it is the famous Palais des Festivals which rolls out the red carpet every year for the stars of world cinema.
A capital of film with numerous attractions
When referring to Cannes, locals like to say: “Qui li ven li vieù” ("Whoever goes there, lives there"). This motto couldn’t be more appropriate!
Indeed, Cannes instantly exudes charm and wins over anyone passing through. Its private and public beaches, its sunshine, its countless cafés and luxury stores no doubt have something to do with it! In addition, Cannes is located near the îles de Lérins: Sainte-Marguerite (Lero) and Saint-Honorat (Lerina) are real havens of peace in which time appears to stand still. You will appreciate the peace and quiet and protected environment. It is in the Fort de Sainte-Marguerite that was imprisoned the infamous Man in the Iron Mask, the identity of whom is still disputed by historians.
Above all, don’t forget to visit Le Suquet, the historic quarter from which the town emerged in the first century BC when the Ligurians chose to found the town on this promontory. During your getaway in Cannes, you will have the opportunity to admire the painted walls that are part of the town's heritage. These frescoes depict the mythical actors of film (Tati, Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Harold Lloyd etc.). When the night falls, the town reveals more of its unexpected charms: the many pyrotechnic festivals and the famous Plages Electroniques will keep night owls happy. Read more
Right next to the Palais des festivals and its legendary red-carpeted 24 steps, is the Chemin des Etoiles where you can admire hand casts of the big names of the world of cinema. No need to go to Hollywood Boulevard: Georges Lucas, Sophia Loren, Meryl Streep and Luc Besson are right in front of you, holding out their hand!
Despite its 130 hotels and 3 million tourists a year, Cannes is more than the star-studded world of show business and high-end stores. The Old Port and the Allées de la Liberté are also perfect places for a quiet stroll. If it appeals to you, you can chat with the petanque players, take in the scents of the flower market, hunt for bargains in a flea market or watch the traditional boats, the “pointus”, enter the port after a day of fishing. But for those who prefer shopping or window-shopping, the rue d'Antibes is an unmissable spot for adding to your wardrobe!
Getting around Cannes
The best way of discovering the town is to travel on foot, by bicycle or scooter. There are good bus services throughout the town in the day time (€10 a week). In the evening numerous taxis take their place (at student rates).
- Cannes 1h from Monaco, 45 min from Nice and 45 min from Saint-Tropez.
- Paris is just a 1h20 minute flight and a 4h30 high-speed train ride away.
- Easy to get to from anywhere in the world: 7 hour flight from New York, 2 hour flight from the European capitals.
What's the weather like in Cannes?
Protected from the wind by the Massif de l’Estérel, the town of Cannes, like other towns in the region, benefits from a Mediterranean climate characterized by its dry Summer and mild Winters. On average, temperatures range from 10/13°C (50/55° F) in January and 28/32°C (82/90° F) in August. The most favorable period is between April and September whereas October and November are, in general, the rainiest months.
- Winter 8-12 °C (46-54 °F)
- Spring 14-18 °C (57-64 °F)
- Summer 25-35 °C (77-96 °F)
- Autumn 15-23 °C (59-73 °)
What do things cost?
The town of Cannes offers many possibilities for eating out at its 500 restaurants and cafés! That said, you can find a sandwich or dish of the day for a reasonable price.
- 2 € for an espresso
- 5 € for a sandwich
- 12 € for a dish of the day
- 8 € for a cinema ticket