What to do in Cannes?

Hotel Carlton in Cannes

Cannes has many assets to attract tourists, for a weekend and a vacation, or business travelers for the many conventions that are held there.

Cannes is a city with many facets. On the shores of the Mediterranean, Cannes is an ideal place to have a good time. Whether on the occasion of one of the many congresses, for a weekend or a vacation, the city offers many activities, day and night…. Here we present a selection of the best addresses.

The Palais des Festivals

The Palais des Festivals in Cannes was made famous by its famous Film Festival , usually held in May each year. The Festival's Palme d'Or is world famous. In addition to the Film Festival often called the Cannes Film Festival, many very famous congresses are organized at the Palais des Festivals: the Mipim , for international real estate, the Lions Cannes , for advertising, the Mapic, for commercial real estate, Midem, for music, Ipem, for investment funds, etc… Several thousand business travelers come to attend these conferences every year. In summer, Le Bal des Fous is organized on the Terrasse Riviera of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès . This festival brings together many young people for a totally offbeat experience! In the open air, in an incredible setting overlooking the Croisette and the port of Cannes, the Terrasse Riviera becomes an open-air nightclub, where the most elaborate disguises intersect.

The Croisette

La Croisette in Cannes is world famous. La Croisette concentrates the most beautiful luxury brands, with nearly 3 kilometers of shops, casinos, dream beaches or luxury hotels. Made famous by the stars participating in the Cannes Film Festival, the Croisette is bordered by the private beaches of the main 5-star hotels: the Majestic , The Grand Hotel, The Carlton or the Martinez … Each hotel has its own private beach, with pontoon, which allows ship docking to pick up or drop off hotel guests. Do you stay in one of these hotels? We tell you all about Cannes boat rental with skipper .

On the Croisette, you will discover the most beautiful luxury brands: Cartier (57 Boulevard de la Croisette), Hermès (52 Boulevard de la Croisette), Van Cleef & Arpels (17 Boulevard de la Croisette), Rolex (6 Boulevard de la Croisette) ), Gucci (11 Boulevard de la Croisette), Yves Saint Laurent (17 Boulevard de la Croisette) etc ...

Rue d'Antibes

Rue d'Antibes is the main shopping street in Cannes. You will find all the big international brands there like Zara, Fnac, Darty, Monoprix but also famous fashion brands: Weston, Repetto, Sandro, Villebrequin, Soeur, Zadig & Voltaire, Claudie Pierlot, Bash, Tommy Hilfiger, etc. .

The Lérins Islands

The Lérins Islands are made up of 5 islands, two of which are large, Île Sainte-Marguerite and Île Saint-Honorat. The islands are opposite Cannes, a few minutes by boat. In high season, especially at weekends, many boats anchor there because their turquoise waters are highly sought after by boaters.

Sainte-Marguerite Island

The island of Sainte Marguerite is home to the castle where the man in the iron mask was locked up, whose identity remains a mystery today.

Saint-Honorat Island

The island of Saint-Honorat, which is six times smaller than Sainte-Marguerite, belongs to the monks. In addition to the Lérins monastery, you will discover 7 chapels, sometimes almost destroyed

Le Suquet

The hill of Suquet is at the origin of the city of Cannes. This old district of Cannes overlooks the Old Port. The Suquet tower, the Sainte-Anne chapel and the Notre-Dame-de-l'Espérance church, located on the Place de la Castre, at the top of the Suquet hill, are classified as historical monuments by order of the July 28, 1937.


Nightclubs, clubs and bars in Cannes

From trendy hotel bars to ephemeral nightclubs, your Cannes nights promise you a clubbing and festive atmosphere in unique settings. We recommend the Baoli or the Gotha Club… For restaurants, you will find a lot of them in Cannes. We particularly appreciate New York New York in front of the Palais des Festivals. Discover the best restaurants in Cannes.

Play at the Casino in Cannes

There are 3 casinos in Cannes. In Mandelieu la Napoule, near Cannes, there is also a casino in the Pullman Cannes Mandelieu Royal Casino Hotel. In Cannes, next to the Old Port, Cannes' main casino is the Casino Barrière la Croisette, in the Palais des Festivals. Another Barrière casino, Les Princes is located on the Croisette. Next to Port Canto, you will find the Palm Beach Casino, currently closed for renovations.

The Cannes hinterland

Near Cannes, less than 20 minutes by car, you can discover famous villages such as Mougins, Valbonne or Grasse. Antibes is also worth a visit.


The village of Mougins is both romantic and nolstalgic. You will discover some twenty art galleries and painting workshops, great restaurants and fountains. You can also play pétanque with a fantastic panorama, while tasting a pastis. The visit to this famous village will fill you with joy. It takes about fifteen minutes to get there from the Croisette.


Valbonne is very popular with Anglo-Saxons. This pretty village is very busy on Friday mornings, the day of its famous market. A very beautiful destination twenty minutes from the center of Cannes.


City of perfumes, you will visit the Perfume museum in Grasse. The great perfumers, Fragonard, Mollinard or Gallimard offer perfume visits with the possibility of purchasing products at the end of the visit. Confiserie Florian recently opened a boutique in the city center.


Antibes has a very important port on the Côte d'Azur. The Picasso museum is a must in old Antibes. Southern extension of Antibes, the seaside resort of Juan-les-Pins allows you to enjoy a nightlife, with many bars and nightclubs.

Old Port in Cannes

Old Port in Cannes

Boat rental Cannes with skipper
beach in Cannes

Croisette beach in Cannes

Street in Cannes

Street in Cannes

Street in Cannes

Street in Grasse