Cannes Destination Guide
Cannes is a world-famous city, with a combination of luxury, glamour and beauty. Summer is the busiest season with events such as the Film Festival drawing celebrities and tourists alike. The Croisette famously offers luxury shopping, exclusive bars and restaurants and unquestionably exquisite sandy beaches along with Palais des Festivals. In May each year movie stars gather on the red carpet for the International Film Festival. You can go on a tour of the Grand Auditorium if you wish, or have your picture taken on the famous red carpet laid out over the stairs outside. Aside from the glitz and glamour, Cannes has a rich sense of art and history.
There are many museums, art galleries, music and art festivals as well as Provençale markets to explore. Marche Forville is perhaps the most popular market in Cannes. It is covered, runs daily and has vendors selling everything from fresh produce such a locally grown fruits and vegetables to flowers, confectionary and meat. On Mondays there is a flea market with bric-a-brac and second hand goods in place of the fresh produce market. Le Suquet is the old quarter and original hilltop town of Cannes. There is a clock tower and church that overlooks the bay of Cannes and the rest of the city. The houses on the top of this hill are incredibly old, originally owned by the local fishermen and the streets are winding, laid with cobblestone at almost half a century ago.
The main beaches are sandy, and there are beachside restaurants and bars offering exquisite views out over the Mediterranean. Sports activities are very popular, with many options such as sailing, golfing and kite surfing. You could also take a short boat trip out to Ile Saint Marguerite, with its fragrant pine forest and 17th-century Fort Royal. Ile Saint-Honorat is the second of the Lérins Islands and has a working monastery that was founded in 410, where the monks still produce and sell items such as wine and honey.
Public transport is plentiful with Ferry services to The Lérins Islands (15 minutes), bus connections throughout the city and the railway station Gare de Cannes offers connections to major French cities. Nice Côte d’Azur is the nearest airport at a distance of 26.8 km via the A8 motorway.