Cannes

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Cannes

Cannes is host of a world-famous film festival and is known for its beaches, luxury hotels and glamorous visitors.

Cannes is one of the most fashionable destinations on France’s Côte d'Azur. The once sleepy fishing village is now a luxury tourist destination. The city’s waterfront promenade, La Croisette, epitomizes the city’s glamour with its high-end shops and luxury hotels, including the belle époque-style InterContinental Carlton.

Much of the activity in Cannes is based along the oceanfront. Check out the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, the building where movies are screened during the Cannes Film Festival. The festival began in 1946 and nowadays runs for two weeks in May, when the city is teeming with celebrities. Look for the handprints of stars, such as Bruce Willis and Joan Collins, on the sidewalk outside the Palais.

Visit the Le Suquet district to see a slice of old Cannes. Cobblestone streets lead to an 11th-century hilltop fort and views of the city and French Riviera coastline. Find a collection of 200 antique musical instruments at the Musée de la Castre (Castre Museum). Stock up on locally grown produce at Marché Forville (Forville Market), which takes place on Rue Louis Blanc Tuesday through Sunday. Nearby Rue d’Antibes is the city’s main shopping street.

In the La Bocca district, enjoy the public beaches spread along Boulevard du Midi. Try watersports, including windsurfing, wakeboarding and kayaking.

Take a short boat trip to the Lérins Islands, which sit just off the coast of Cannes. Nature lovers will enjoy spotting birds and plants while wandering the trails on St. Marguerite Island. The Fort Royal’s prison famously held an unknown, hooded prisoner, better known as the Man in the Iron Mask, during the 1600s. On St. Honorat Island you can buy wine produced by Cistercian monks.

Central Cannes is easy to get around on foot. Alternatively, buy a ticket for the “toy” train, which passes by many of the major attractions. The 35-minute tour leaves from the Palais des Festivals every hour. Driving isn’t recommended in Cannes, as parking is expensive. The city’s low-cost bus service will take you to La Bocca, and as far as Antibes, Monaco and Nice.

Where to stay in Cannes

Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d'Albion
Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d'Albion
4 out of 5
38 Rue Des Serbes, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, 6408
The price is HK$1,610 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (971 reviews)
"The hotel located right in the middle of all the shopping streets and very close to the beach. Very clean and the staff is very friendly."

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2022

Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d'Albion
Hôtel Martinez, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Hôtel Martinez, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
5 out of 5
73 La Croisette, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, 06406
The price is HK$2,823 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and a private beach. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (350 reviews)
"Gorgeous hotel with lovely staff. Stunning interior and just a wonderful experience. Everything was walking distance with no issues getting around."

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2022

Hôtel Martinez, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes
Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes
5 out of 5
10, La Croisette, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, 6407
The price is HK$2,877 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the room service in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (981 reviews)
"Our check in was delayed by an hour and a half due to the room not being ready. We were called to come back when it was ready, when we were walked to our room there was still a cleaner inside, so they gave us a voucher for a complimentary drink which was nice. Other than the late checkin this hotel ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residhotel Les Coralynes
Residhotel Les Coralynes
3 Traverse de la Colline, Cannes, 06400
The price is HK$467 per night from 8 Jun to 9 Jun
Stay at this aparthotel in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in their reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (310 reviews)
"It was just fine and what I required"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2021

Residhotel Les Coralynes
Residéal Premium Cannes
Residéal Premium Cannes
4 out of 5
11 Rue Bertrand Lepine, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, 6400
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly residence in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 hot tubs and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (487 reviews)
"Staff were very helpful and kind. Property were very clean and quiet at night, accessible to everything within few minutes walked."

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2022

Residéal Premium Cannes
Résidence Pierre & Vacances Cannes Verrerie
Résidence Pierre & Vacances Cannes Verrerie
6 rue de la Verrerie, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, 6150
Stay at this beach residence in Cannes. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a beach locale. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
3/5 (239 reviews)
"The only good thing was the pool. But no life gaurd and over crowded. The suite was incredibly dirty so many horrible things to say about this hotel. Management is digustingly rude by far the worse hotel i have ever stayed at. Reception closes for a part of the day everyday!!! So no one is there ..."

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2019

Résidence Pierre & Vacances Cannes Verrerie
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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