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Experience the lifestyles of the rich and famous in France's glitziest resort town
Cannes’ coastline blings like a bejewelled neckline. Oversized yachts, luxury boutiques and red-carpet events have thrust fame upon this peaceful seaside town, where the film world’s crème de la crème show up in May for the annual Cannes Film Festival, an extravaganza of epic proportions.
La Croisette’s auditoriums enjoy a glamourous reputation. They’re used for special events, mainly those related to film, like premieres, trade shows, press junkets – not to mention the Cannes Film Festival. There are two must-dos year-round. Climb the stairs of the Louis Lumière Auditorium, and then see the handprints of international celebrities imprinted on the pavement.Accommodations near Palais des Festivals de Cannes
Spend a morning on this shop-filled strip. Meynadier Street is lined with 18th-century houses and long-established gourmet shops, many of which specialise in a single product. Jean Luc Pelé rivals Ladurée in the mouth-watering macaroon stakes, while Traiteur is known for its charcuterie, foie gras and delicious dark chocolates – the ingredients for a picnic.Accommodations near Meynadier Street
“THE” place to see and be seen. This 3-km beachfront promenade is lined with haute couture boutiques, 5-star-plus hotels and exclusive eateries. It’s also famously known for the red-carpeted staircase that leads into the Louis Lumière Auditorium, venue of the annual Cannes Film Festival. If you’re a film lover, check out the famous handprints at Chemins d'étoiles.Accommodations near La Croisette
The town’s recipe book. From the early morning until 13:00, this local market is a stew of fresh vegetables, cold cuts, oysters, Spanish olives, raw crustaceans, smoked fish – all set to the sound of vendors calling out the daily specials, and the scent of fresh-cut flowers emanating from the on-site florist. It transforms into a bric-n-brac flea market on Mondays.Accommodations near Forville Market
Cameras and pearly-white smiles are not the only things that flash in Cannes. This medieval museum is situated in the historic centre, “Le Suquet”. It holds a trove of Mediterranean antiquities, most of which were drawn from private art collections. The views from its 12th-century tower are exceptional, which give an astounding 360° panorama over the entire region.Accommodations near Castre Museum
Sober and simple. This Gothic church lords above Le Sequet on a hill, noticeable in the skyline by its high clock tower. The church’s construction dates to the early 16th-century, when it was built to accommodate the surplus congregation from the nearby Notre-Dame du Puy. It’s a moderate climb to reach the summit, but it’s rewarding – the views of the Riviera are spectacular.Accommodations near Notre Dame d'Esperance Church
Italianesque elegance. This villa was designed and lived-in by the painter Jean-Gabriel Domergue in 1934, an Italian villa-by-the-sea built in the heart of Cannes. Visit the artist’s workshop to see the tools his trade and his prized art collection. It’s most famous for its garden, with sculptures, manicured trees and quiet benches to sit and reflect.Accommodations near Villa Domergue
Take a hike. A mere 14-minute boat ride from the port, this island is the perfect place to chillax. Stroll beneath the pine, oak and eucalyptus trees that line the paths. There are also two other highlights – a petit maritime museum called Musée de la Mer, which contains relics salvaged from the sea; and Fort Royal, made famous by author Dumas’ “Man in the Iron Mask”.Accommodations near Sainte-Marguerite Island
In the 5th-century, a group of monks sought refuge on this island. They’re still here centuries on. Saint-Honorat is spectacularly secluded, even though it’s a mere 15-minute ferry ride from the port. Stroll beneath rows of pines, and then explore stony beaches, fortress ruins and a fully functional monastery. There’s also an on-site restaurant with amazing homemade pasta!Accommodations near Saint-Honorat Island
Hard to find, but worth the effort. This museum is in the small town of Antibes, a 25-minute drive from Cannes. Picasso spent the summer of 1946 painting inside the intimate rooms of this home-turned-museum. It holds a small collection of Picassos, Mires, de Steals and Legers. Its most famous work is Picasso’s “La Joie de Vivre”, depicting a centaur holding a trident.Accommodations near Picasso Museum
Welcome to the centre of town. This area is primarily known for its glut of high-end retailers - do the likes of Gucci, Prada, and Feragammo ring a bell? They're all on and around Boulevard de la Croisette. Antibes Street is a little less extreme, with recognisable high-street brands, furniture stores and plenty of chic cafés and restaurants.Accommodations in Cannes City-Centre
Point Croisette is a very small district. It caps the Boulevard de la Croisette, famed for its 5-star restaurants and big-brand name designer boutiques. It's a popular place to admire the coastline, with views that face the Lérins Islands. The Pierre Canto was constructed in the mid-1960's, where endless yachts bob in the bay's waters.Accommodations in Pointe Croisette
A wealth of history is never too far away in Cannes. This area is the lifeblood of the city, filled with greengrocers and fishmongers, humble eateries and small marketplaces. The streets amble to the top of a hill, which has views over the bay and the Lérins Islands. It's also home to the Castre Museum and the Notre-Dame de l’Espérance Church.Accommodations in Le Suquet - Old Town
Live the life of a movie star. Haute-couture boutiques like Yves Saint-Laurent, jewellers like Cartier and Chopard, plus 5-star restaurants and hotels, punctuate this 3-km strip. Compare your handprint with those of Charlie Chaplin on the "Star-Studded Floor outside the Palais des Festival’s staircase, then scale it’s famous staircase.Accommodations in Croisette
Brit Tiffany moved to the French Riviera 5 years ago and loves its outdoor lifestyle
Let’s go shopping! Easily accessible from La Croisette Boulevard, you can find everything on Rue d'Antibes - from clothes to books, to chocolates and other delicacies. It also features more traditional and local shops, such as the Jean-Luc Pelé Bakery, which is famed for its macaroons.Accommodations near Shopping on Rue d'Antibes Street
Born in Barcelona and now living in Nice, cooking fan Adrien has lived abroad most of his life.
On July and August evenings, the Bay of Cannes lights up with an amazing show of fireworks. People gather along the beach to watch as various pyrotechnic companies compete for the accolade of best show.Accommodations near Cannes Pyrotechnic Art Festival
Passionate about the outdoors, Rebekah loves to keep active and is a keen photographer and writer.
Lots of beaches in Cannes are private but Palm Beach and Mouré Rouge are open to the public. Located next to Pointe de la Croisette, they offer clearer sea views than other spots.Accommodations near Public beaches of Mouré Rouge and Palm Beach
Parisienne Anne is always impressed by Cannes’ level of luxury when she visits.
Located 18 km from Cannes, Grasse is considered the world’s perfume capital. There are lots of stockists to be found and you can also learn about the science of perfumery in Villa-Musée Fragonard. The historic Molinard Perfumery also runs workshops.Accommodations near Grasse's Perfumeries
Audrey has a passion for photography and loves spending time preparing nice dinners with friends.
Get your glad rags on and experience the glitz and glam of Cannes with a trip to its famous casinos. There are 3 in the city but the one I like to visit is on Palm Beach, as it offers great views of the Lérins Islands. Even if you don’t want to play, you can just enjoy a drink there.Accommodations near Cannes' Casinos
Linda loves the outdoors and Riviera countryside, as much as a night on the town.
For 3 days in June, this 30-year-old festival is held in Hesperides Stadium in Pointe de la Croisette. It’s a great chance to see some world-class riders and beautiful horses.Accommodations near Jumping International de Cannes
Cécilia’s big hobby is singing but she also loves reading, checking out new films and restaurants.
This cabaret-discotheque is a very small venue which offers a real contrast to Cannes’ upscale clubs. The place has a flamboyant feel and stays open really late, as the party often doesn’t kick off till after midnight!Accommodations near 7 club cabaret
Active Flora loves sunning herself on the beach, as well as dancing and scuba diving.
A little less crowded and more spacious than other beaches in town, la Plage du Midi has golden sands and clear waters. It offers great views of the Mediterranean and the Esterei Mountains.Accommodations near La Plage du Midi
Marine loves to cook and dance as much as curling up in front of the TV with a cup of tea.
For a crazy summer party in glamorous Cannes, check out this electronic music festival which takes place on the beach. Enjoy some good tunes, kick your shoes off and enjoy the sea breeze!Accommodations near Les Plages Electroniques Festival
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The main and closest airport to Cannes is Nice Airport, located 27 km from the city. There is a regular shuttle bus to the centre, the 210 - Cannes Express, which takes 45 minutes and departs at 08.00, then every 30 minutes from 09.00 until 19.00, and once again at 20.00. A single ticket costs EUR 17.50 and a return costs EUR 28.50. A taxi to the city centre will be very expensive and set you back around EUR 75 during the day and up to EUR 90 in the evening.
Gare de Cannes is set in the city centre and is just a 5-minute walk from the seafront promenade. The train is mainly used to travel to other cities in the South of France, such as Antibes, Grasse and Nice. There are also overnight services to Paris.
The city's bus station is set by the town hall and seafront. There are regular services to Antibes, Grasse, Nice and Vallauris. Palm Bus is the main provider and they run 24 lines, including 6 night-time services. A single ticket costs EUR 1.50 and is valid for 59 minutes of travel, while a 10-journey ticket costs EUR 10 and each journey has the same validity as the single tickets.
As with all other French cities, the minimum fare applied to a taxi journey is EUR 7 and further charges vary depending on when you travel, including holidays and weekends. Some taxis also accept credit or debit card payment but double check this before you set off. There are usually additional charges when you have luggage and when the journey includes tolls. Taxis have no particular signs apart from “Taxi” on their roofs.
During high season and particularly when the city’s film festival is on, traffic can be very heavy and parking is difficult. The centre is becoming increasingly pedestrianised and most parking is around 6 central lots. It’s advisable to make use of public transport around the city though, or to stick to walking.
Cannes offers ferry services from Quai du Large to Saint-Tropez but one easy day trip is to the beautiful Lérins Islands, which include Sainte-Marguerite and the smaller Ile Saint-Honorat. A return trip to Sainte-Marguerite, where there is a nature reserve and a fort, will cost EUR 13.50 return and the journey takes just 15 minutes.
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