Cannes Travel Guide

  • Jardin d'Arménie.
    Jardin d'Arménie.
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  • Cruise ships leaving Cannes.
    Cruise ships leaving Cannes.
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  • Port Canto
    Port Canto
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Cannes Highlights

  • Pro
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    NiceLife says…

     The glamour of the Cote d'Azur - St Tropez's big sister 

  • Con
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    rachel_sun says…

     Wish i could afford a hotel on the seafront ;-) 

  • In a nutshell
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    Geisha_Girl says…

     It's all about the Jet-Set Crowd! 

Cannes Things to Do

  • Le Suquet

    One of the nicest places to visit in Cannes where you can see the locals in shops, stores, and sitting at outdoor cafes is in the old town on the hill, Le Suquet. Taking the winding streets up the hill requires a little effort but is an ideal way to exercise the wonderful tastes of Cannes that you devoured at a bustling restaurant near the harbor...

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  • Palais des Festivals - Film Festival

    -Founded in 1946 -Palme d'Or( Golden Palm) award created in 1955, is the highest prize awarded by the Festival's jury to the year's best competing film. -takes place every year in May Admission to the Steps, to the Palais and to the Festival and Marché du Film Theatres is strictly prohibited to any person carrying a camcorder, camera, webcam or...

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  • La Croisette

    At the end of La Croisette one finds nice gardens with palm trees. One is called "Jardin d'Arménie" (photo 1) the other the "Roseraie" of the Square de Verdun. There is a beach called "Bijou Plage" (photo 2). The views are nice on the Bay of Cannes with the Esterel hills on the other side. Spectacular are the enormous cruise ships on anchor in the...

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Cannes Restaurants

  • La Pizza Cresci

    Serving pizza and other Italian dishes in Cannes for decades, La Pizza (Cresci) is an institution. It is a direct competitor of Vesuvio's at the other end of la Croisette. La Pizza is located at the corner of le Vieux Port, at the foothill of the Suquet hill.

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  • Astoux et BRUN

    Cocquillages BRUN also called Astoux et Brun is in Cannes the best known restaurant for seafood. It is located at the corner of the rue Félix Faure and rue Louis Blanc nearly in front of the Hôtel de Ville. We have been there twice in the evening. It is best to be there at 19 h because at 20 h there is a queue on the street (this was end...

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  • La Piazza

    Myself and my boyfriend, in addition to two other students, left the restaurant, La Piazza, after the waiter brought us stale bread and then all but spat at us and cursed us in french when we asked him to exchange it, and in trying to leave they attempted to force us to pay for the entire order we had placed seconds before by getting five men to...

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Cannes Nightlife

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  • Electro Live @ Love Club

    Dynamic city, Cannes welcomes every year a variety of important tradeshows, conventions and other business events such as MIPIM, MIDEM, TFWA, MIPTV, MIPCOM, IAFF, and the International Cannes Film Festival. The Noga Hilton Love Club is a great Place to go dancing and unwind after a hard day of work. Note: Be prepare to pay top dollars for...

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  • Live DJ in the House

    Great place in the Center of Cannes with a live DJ and Bartenders that speak American. Great spot with a happyhour that made it worth a visit early and then we stayed till late. We got great travel advice from the staff a few shots too but don't tell the boss!! N/A I think

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  • dancing the night away

    Le Divan was in a small corner from an alley that gave way to the street felix Faure. le Divan caters to all who want to dance in a small cozy environmet and is gay friendly. the drinks are reasonable 5 to 7 Euros and the staff friendly. I had a great time. Stylish or casual, it was MIDEM music fest season everything was possible.

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Cannes Transportation

  • Train

    Like many train stations in France, this place looks dirty (I'm sure it is)...but you will only have to be here, if you have a train to catch (DUH!). It's the fastest way to get to Nice and other cities. If you're taking a local train, there is no need to buy in advance. Instead of queueing and buying your ticket at the counter, use those ticket...

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  • From/To Nice Airport

    Hello to all the travelers, It is the 2nd time when I come in France, this year with friends (4 of us) who don’t know Europe and we chose to make a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea of 12 days with the ship " Serenade of the *seas ". In the cruise ship an international clientele and many came from the United States. Royal Caribean it is Great...

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  • Car & Taxi

    From the airport of Nice to our hotel in Cannes (near the Plage du Midi) we took a normal taxi at the airport. It did cost us with all the usual supplements (ref. my tip from/to Nice airport) 85 €. For the return to the airport of Nice we depended from the taxis of Cannes who are even more expensive. Our hotel arranged the trip with "Azur...

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Cannes Shopping

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  • Shopping In Cannes

    We found shopping to be a great variety ....Cannes is great for "upper-crust" shopping. You should be in Nice for serious or business shopping, while Cannes is a shopper's paradise for chic and expensive items. Although you might want to buy your yacht in Antibes, the Rolls-Royce dealer is in Cannes, and there's an endless collection of top of the...

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  • Delicious macaroons

    I'm not a fan of macarrons, but I know someone who used to work here and one time she brought us some of their macarrons. I had the chocolate one and it was delicious!!!! I will definitely go there someday to buy some.UPDATE: I've finally gone to their newest shop on Rue d'Antibes. Gluttony is a sin, so the desserts were a bit pricey, but they were...

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  • Need to go shopping, head to Rue...

    Rue d'Antibes is the main shopping street in Cannes. You will find Fnac, Sephora (2 stores), Zara (2 stores), Mango, Esprit, Madura, Diesel, Darty (for electronics), Kenzo, just to name a few shops. If you feel like having some ice-cream (or something else), there's Häagen Dazs or if you're looking for a more sophisticated snack, try Café LeNotre.

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Cannes Local Customs

  • Parking for free

    Like many cities in the French Riviera, parking your car can be a nightmare and somewhat expensive (depending where you park), especially during the high season.If you don't mind walking (make sure to wear comfortable shoes), locals or those who know Cannes very well, tend to park their cars around the end of Boulevard de la Croisette (around n°...

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  • Lawn Bowl?

    I was walking along the beach and saw a few local folks playing a game which look like lawn bowling except that they are not playing on a lawn also they are using metal balls. Not sure what it was but sure was interesting to watch them play.

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  • Cannes Invader no. 2 hovers above the...

    Whilst the French may have been slow on the uptake of the internet (after all much of the content is in English) they have led the way in urban street art thanks to Parisian "Invader"Beneath the railway bridge at the eastern end of the Croisette hovers Cannes Invader n2. Immaculately placed in its local context on the wide mural of the grande...

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Cannes Warnings and Dangers

  • Riviera Motor Neurone Disease

    In August the number of seriously deluxe cars peaks and the Saudi royals head for their villas up in Super Cannes to escape the blistering 40 degree heat of Riyadh. Cars boats and all the other toys accompany them, thanks to the largesse of the petroleum economy. The sight of all these lovely motors glistening and purring in the sun is going to...

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  • Parking

    When you are on boulevard de la Croisette and you would like to park a car, be aware policeman isn't sleeping. Traffic there is very intensive and look better to park car in other place if you aren't assured.

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  • WARNING

    Dirty, Filthy hotel, arrogant staffHoliday Inn, Garden Court, CannesRooms are dirty, loo hadn't been cleaned, hair around shower. Complaints not removed from room - when handing one in from 3 weeks previous we were told by staff it wasn't their job to deal with complaints. Rooms had chains on doors in addition to normal door locks. Car park is not...

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Cannes Tourist Traps

  • Souveniers at La Croisette

    If you are looking foe souvenirs then you should widely open the purse because price of most souvenirs is comparatively high.Nevertheless if you like this city and want to keep impressions hot after a couple of time buy something. It is worth to do it.

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  • Crackdown on sale of counterfeit goods

    Cannes and other towns have long been plagued by (or served by) street vendors selling counterfeit brands of handbags, dark glasses and other luxury goods.Well perhaps no more: Cannes announces crackdownImplementing Article 321-1 of the French penal code, persons found buying counterfeit goods are guilty of possession, punishable by a fine of up to...

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Cannes What to Pack

  • Wear A Vest!!!!!!!

    I bought the Fishing vest on a side trip to Vintimiglia. it was only 9 EU.Not only does it look fantastic on me but it's a great way to organize all your stuff.It even had a loop to hang my sunglasses.It made passing through the security at the airport a breeze. Just take it off and put through the xray. If your concerned about making a fashon...

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  • Aspirin!

    Light backpack. Dress casually, (as a tourist, it's easier to get in clubs). Bring Aspirin, Tylenol or Advil: whatever works for you. Because a night out in Cannes will make you remind it the next day. Those pills are mandatory.

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  • good sunglasses are a must.

    depends on how long you're staying and what your plans are...i'm a light traveler sandles! flip flops! GOOD sunglasses - not the barely tinted things especially if you have sensitive eyes every place seems to be well stocked with the bare necessities fun water proof cams if you like to swim. i used a digital and it was perfect for all my needs...

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Cannes Off The Beaten Path

  • Islands

    The "Iles de Lerins" are two islands just off the coast of Cannes and a regular boat connection goes to both Ile Sainte-Marguarite as Ile Saint-Honorat. Both island are very worth while to go to in historical, cultural as well as spiritual sense (see my "Ile Saint-Honorat" page).

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  • In town

    We hadn't planned our trip to Nice according to the schedule of the world famous Cannes Fílm Festival, we didn't even know what time of the year it is held! Again, like with Formula 1, we seemed to be lucky. When making the day-trip to Cannes we noticed the crowd and the rush on the car routes and started to wonder...until we saw all the...

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  • Outside Cannes

    It was years before I discovered this most beautiful hidden gem just two miles north of Cannes. It takes a little effort to get there - but its worth it ten times over. Take a bus from Cannes centre to LeClerc Le Cannet (end of the line) and follow signs up for old Le Cannet. The highlight is the magical Place Bellevue and the rue Le Sauveur....

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Cannes Sports & Outdoors

  • Stand-Up Paddle Surf

    I read that "stand up paddle surfing is taking the world by storm. Whether you call it SUP surfing, paddle surfing, stand up paddle boarding or beach boy surfing, you are entering a new addition to the waterman lifestyle". I saw only two near the Ste-Marguerite Island. I presume that waterman here in Cannes prefer a yacht.I found it so slow if I...

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  • Tour the Riviera on a motorbike

    We first wanted to rent a scooter in Cannes and then came across a company offering guided motorbike tours of the surrounding region. The next morning, one of their guides delivered his and our motorcycle to our hotel and we set off on the Route Napoleon. We rode through Grasse and had lunch in Castellane. After lunch we drove through the Grand...

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  • Water Sports

    The beaches of Cannes offer a wide variety of water sports and activities, including windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, waterskiing and other boat-pulled fun devices! Most offer professional instruction as well. Jet skiing, however, was banned in the bay of Cannes many years ago due to accidents. Naturally, these activities are only offered during...

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  • Customs - Coutumes

    The sound of water is said to be soothing and in Cannes the sound coming from the many fountains from a street planted fountain to hanging on a wall fountain, your admiring of and listening to the music each plays with the falling water, is one way to enjoy the sights of Cannes without spending a penny. Walking around Cannes is what it is all...

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  • Places to visit - Lieux

    The Cannes Film Festival / Festival de Cannes) is the world's most prestigious film festival. The 59th Festival will take place between May 17-28, 2006. The Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday May 28th !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wanna see celebrities? One sure-fire method is of course the red...

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  • History

    There has arrived to Cannes Prosper Merime. He was the general inspector on historical monuments. In some years he constructed his own summer residence on the coast. He achieved the construction of the 60-kilometer channel for maintenance of coast with water. In 1887 Cannes were visited by the queen of England Victoria, and since then celebrities...

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