The city of Cannes, located on the French Riviera, is most famous for the film festival that takes centre stage every year, flooding the streets with international celebrities. Besides the film festival, Cannes has plenty of attractions to keep visitors happy all year round. Explore the playground of the rich and famous; enjoy the beautiful beaches, luxury shops and world-class restaurants that fill Cannes’ tree-lined boulevards.
There is another side to the glitz and glamour of Cannes. It also has a historic Old Town, with narrows streets and alleyways, a 12th century chapel and a gothic church, the Notre-Dame d’Esperance. The old centre, Le Suquet, is also home to a fascinating museum, housing many treasures and paintings of Cannes. Of course, one of the main attractions of Cannes is its pristine beaches, which make the city the perfect place to enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine.
Cannes is a popular cruise destination, especially in the summer months. It features as a port of call on many itineraries touring the Mediterranean and the French coastline.
Cannes is a tender port. Tender boats transfer passengers from the cruise ship to the port downtown, a fantastic location right in the heart of Cannes.
Tenders arrive right in downtown Cannes, with everything within a convenient walking distance. There are toilet facilities at the tender dock and just a short walk to the promenade brings visitors into the centre of town, where there are numerous shops and restaurants to choose from. The tourist information office is located at the Palais des Festival, only five blocks from the tender dock. There are plenty of places to access Wi-Fi in the city, including a free Wi-Fi site near the Hotel DeVille Square.
How to Get Around
Cannes is a very walkable city. Many of the streets are pedestrian-only and the major tourist sites are close together. The Tourist Information Office has maps and will guide you to the best routes around town.
Taxis are readily available in Cannes, but can be quite expensive. There are two rental car agencies in town; these are located about a 15 minute walk from the dock. Renting a car is a great way to explore further afield. It is best to make reservations online before you arrive in Cannes. There is also a train that connects Cannes to nearby Nice.
- Currency – The city of Cannes utilises the Euro (€), which comes in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cent coins and €1, and €2 coins. Bank notes appear in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500. There are a few ATMs in town, including one located right at the Banquet de France on the Boulevard de la Croisette.
- Time Zone – Cannes operates on Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Universal Standard Time (UTC). Daylight Savings comes into effect at the end of March and ends in late October. During this period, the clocks are switched forward 1 hour.
- Weather – Cannes has a beautifully warm climate, enjoying summers with temperatures averaging between 20-22 degrees Celsius. Temperatures can soar to 35 degrees Celsius in summer, but the sea breeze cools the city down every evening. Cannes has mild winters; the coldest month, January, still has an average temperature of 8 degrees Celsius.
- Allee des Etoiles – Cannes has its own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Outside the Palais des Festivals, there are more than 200 celebrity handprints from those who have attended the film festival. Famous handprints include those of Laura Dern, Sharon Stone and Timothy Dalton. You can also see the festival hall where the festival is held each year.
- Boulevard de la Croisette – The Boulevard is the pulsing centre of Cannes, complete with expensive hotels and luxury stores. The 2 mile strip also has beaches that are attached to the hotels, but can be accessed at a price. Plage du Martinez and Plage Royal are some of the best private beaches and offer services and amenities like lounge chairs, sun umbrellas and beach sport activities. There is also a public beach behind the Palais des Festivals.
- Le Suquet – A compact maze of narrow streets and alleys with much to see, the historic centre of town is well worth a visit. The famous Forville covered market, built in 1870, is open every day 7am-1pm (except Monday) and offers a glimpse into the flavours of France, with a range of fresh produce on offer. On Mondays it becomes an antique market that is also worth checking out.