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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.

Activities in Cannes

Cannes is a multifaceted city. 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…. Everyone then asks the question "What to do in Cannes?". We present here a selection of the best addresses and the best activities in Cannes.

Places to discover in Cannes

Old Port in Cannes

Discover the famous Palais des Festivals in Cannes

What to do in Cannes? Discover the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, 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 Cannes Lions, for advertising, Mapic, for commercial real estate, Midem, for music, Ipem, for investment funds, etc. Several thousand business travelers come every year to attend these congresses. In summer, The Bal desFous is organized on the Riviera Terrace of the Palace of Festivals and Congresses. This party brings together many young people for a totally offbeat experience! Outdoors, in an incredible setting overlooking the Croisette and the port of Cannes, the Riviera Terrace becomes an open-air discotheque, where the most elaborate disguises meet.

Cannes has just obtained the prestigious World Travel Awards 2022 label: best destination in the world for events and congresses. This is the first time that a French city has won this famous award. cannes had already received the prize for the best european destination. Now the city has been awarded globally!

Old Port in Cannes

Boat rental Cannes with skipper

Take a walk on the famous Croisette in Cannes

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 the docking of ships to pick up or drop off hotel guests. Are you staying at one of these hotels? We tell you everything about the boat rental Cannes with skipper or on the Mandelieu 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…

beach in Cannes

Go shopping in the rue d'Antibes in Cannes

What to do in Cannes? Take a walk in the rue d'Antibes, the main shopping street in Cannes. You will find all the major international brands such as 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: not to be missed!

The Lerins 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 on weekends, many boats anchor there because their turquoise waters are very popular with boaters. 

Sainte-Marguerite Island: the main island of the Lérins Islands

What to do in Cannes? Embark on a boat and go to the island of Sainte-Marguerite, the main island of the Lérins islands. This island is home to the castle where the man in the iron mask was imprisoned, whose identity remains a mystery to this day. You can bathe in wild creeks, and thus get away from the tumult of the city of Cannes. You will find the famous La Guérite restaurant there, which is a mix between a restaurant and an open-air lounge... Music, atmosphere, dancing... There are two services in this restaurant, 12:30 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. It is essential to book well in advance, this trendy restaurant is in high demand, almost an unmissable meeting place for Cannes regulars. Be careful though, the addition may be salty! Shuttles leave from the Old Port or Port Canto in Cannes to go to Sainte Marguerite Island or the Guérite.

Saint-Honorat island: the island of the monks

The island of Saint-Honorat, which is six times smaller than Sainte-Marguerite, belongs to the monks. In addition to the monastery of Lérins, you will discover 7 chapels, sometimes almost destroyed. This island is exceptional. In addition to its vines and its famous wine, an atmosphere emerges conducive to the meditation. The monastery is worth visiting. The old monastery is currently being renovated and can no longer be visited. The restaurant La Tonnelle will welcome you for most of the year. You can then have lunch with your feet in the sand with an exceptional view of the turquoise waters located between the Lérins islands. Please note, it is best to book in advance. There is also a snack bar accessible next to the restaurant. Saint-Honorat Island is accessible by the Bateaux Rouges, departing from the Old Port of Cannes

Le Suquet, Old Cannes

The Suquet hill is the origin of the city of Cannes. This old quarter 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.

Nightlife in Cannes

Nightclubs, clubs and bars in Cannes

What to do in Cannes? Let yourself be carried away in the bars of trendy hotels or in the many ephemeral nightclubs. Your nights in Cannes promise you a clubbing and festive atmosphere in unique settings. We recommend the Baoli or the Gotha Club… For restaurants, you will find many in Cannes. We particularly appreciate the New York New York in front of the Palais des Festivals. Discover the best restaurants in Cannes. You can also read our article on restaurants in Cannes to party.

Casino gambling 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, the main casino in Cannes 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

What to do in Cannes? Get out of Cannes and discover the hinterland of Cannes! 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 old village of Mougins: a romantic place!

Croisette beach in Cannes

Street in Cannes

Street in Cannes

Street in old Cannes

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

Street in Grasse

The village of Valbonne and its famous market

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.

The city of Grasse, city of perfumes

City of perfumes, you will visit the Perfumery Museum in Grasse. The great perfumers, Fragonard, Mollinard or Gallimard offer visits to perfumeries with the possibility of buying products at the end of the visit. La Confiserie Florian recently opened a shop in the city center.

Old Antibes

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

The most beautiful beaches in Cannes

Cannes has wonderful beaches, most of them along the Croisette. There are 13 public beaches and 33 private beaches in Cannes.

Public beaches in Cannes

Of the 13 public beaches located in Cannes, only 3 are located on La Croisette. You will find them at both ends of the Croisette and in the Centre. Palais des Festivals Beach is located near the Old Port of Cannes. This beach is appreciated for its fine sand. Close to the Martinez hotel, in the Center of the Croisette, the beach of La Croisette is crowded in summer. Finally, Bijou Plage, located near Port Canto, has disabled access (Handiplage label).

Private beaches in Cannes

The city of Cannes has more than 30 private beaches. These beaches are managed by the main hotels on the Croisette. You will find mattresses, a restaurant or a lounge. Each beach has its own rates. It is advisable to reserve your mattress in advance in summer. The most famous private beaches are those of five-star hotels such as the Majestic Hotel, Le Martinez or the Carlton Hotel (when its renovations are completed.

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