Cruising to Cannes, France


Cannes tourist information.

Cannes, FranceCannes, a resort town on the French Riviera, is synonymous with A-list glamour thanks to its world-famous film festival, but scratch the surface and you’ll discover a city rich in culture as well as one of the loveliest marinas in France. Cannes offers wonderful weather, a huge choice of hotels and apartments, restaurants and entertainment for every taste, shops for all pockets, fantastic beaches and activities such as sightseeing, sailing, diving, fishing, cricket, golf, tennis, ballroom dancing, pétanque, and even learning French.

Once a small fishing village, Cannes is now a glamorous and expensive seaside town considered to be one of the social hubs of Europe. Its moment to shine arrives in May as the venue for the Cannes Film Festival, entertaining the rich and famous. During the festival, fans can see actors, celebrities, and directors up close and in person on the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette. Although its nightlife, casinos and high end restaurants give Cannes a feel of exclusivity, Cannes does have alternatives to suit all types of budgets. Tourists can check out the beauty and architecture of Le Suquet, with its cobbled streets and breathtaking views, or sit at street side tables and enjoy the favoured hobby of people watching up and down the lovely marina.

Boulevard de la Croisette

Cannes’ Boulevard de la Croisette, curving along the coast, is lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels. It’s also home to the Palais des Festivals, a modern building complete with red carpet and Allée des Stars, Cannes’ walk of fame. You can start on the magnificent Croisette which curves round the bay like a promise of glamour. The old Suquet Hill district, where Cannes stated in a broth of wriggling streets, needs strolling into, just past the port. A boat to one of the islands – or two boats to both – distances you from the hurly-burly. Then you’re done. Your time is your own. Shop, eat, drink, sunbathe on the beach: that’s what you really wanted to do, anyway – and Cannes is great at it.

Celebrity is the other fuel that fires Cannes, with big names descending each summer for the town’s iconic film festival. Many will sun themselves on one of its beautiful beaches or aboard the seemingly endless yachts. As a result, the night scene tends towards the glitzy, while the boutiques off the main marina are eye-wateringly expensive.