Area Guide: Cannes

On the coast, glamour is well established, but venture inland and Cannes also becomes a true southern village where you can get lost in streets or in the trails of picturesque stairs, before going back for 3D thrill on the Croisette.

If you strip back the glitter and red carpets you can imagine Cannes I the early days. It was the world capital of cinema (a hotly contested claim these days) and the most important city of the Alpes-Maritimes department, one a handful of places from which you could travel to places like Grasse or Saint Paul de Vence.

Apart from late May, the time of the world famous film festival, or one of the many conventions which happen each year, booking a hotel in Cannes is facilitated by the density of hotel stock. In addition to the five ‘palace’ distinction hotels on the Croisette there are 22 four-star hotels and hundreds of others too.

As for shopping, Cannes is often viewed to be an extension of Paris’ renowned Faubourg Saint-Honoré, a mecca of high fashion, jewelery and interior decoration. From the charming boutiques of Rue d’Antibes to the more affordable shops on Rue Meynadier, brands and products are everywhere.

Even with exhibitions and shopping topping the list of things to do in Cannes, one should not forget swimwear. Sunny weather and seven kilometers of sandy beaches that stretch to the Esterel Lerins Islands are a temptation that is hard to resist.

But Cannes is also Provence. The intoxicating smells of thyme, verbena and basil can be feasted upon at the Forville market, which showcases regional products and is a true invitation to southern gastronomy.

Transportation and travel…

Cannes is perfect for a pedestrian stroll, but if you have sea legs, boats from different companies liaise with the nearby islands, like Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat. In season, these boats even head up to the Corniche d’Or, Saint-Tropez or even Monaco.

Where to go…

The old quarter, Le Suquet, and the square tower of the medieval castle of La Castre, with its view over the bay, are not to be missed. For movie lovers, enjoy your trip to Cannes by walking up the steps of the Palais des Festivals. Frenzied applause will need to be supplied by your compatriots.

Trendy and traditional bars abound in Cannes and you will not be short of choice. At the stroke of 10 o’clock ten different clubs open their doors across the city.