Cannes on the Cote d’Azur is one of the most appealing cities on the French Riviera. The name Cannes is strongly linked to major festivals like the Cannes Film Festival, the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival, the International Fireworks Festival and other major events such as the Cannes Yacht Show, the MIPIM, the Mipcom and the Midem.
Cannes is buzzing throughout the year and also has a great appeal to wealthy tourists who like luxury shopping. In the most famous shopping street, Rue d’Antibes all major brands are represented. In this street Arab sheiks stop with their limousine in front of reputable stores. They can buy easily for 200.00 euros on clothing. This obviously only happens when the stores are officially closed and the streets are almost empty.
That sheiks shop here does not mean that Cannes is expensive; just like everywhere on the Cote d’Azur, you can make life as luxurious and as crazy as you want. This applies to a restaurant visit, a pair of shoes and even a home. Want to buy a luxury villa or a cozy, maintenance-free ‘pied a terre’ for yourself? You buy an apartment in Cannes from 100,000 euros and villa’s are for sale up to 40 million. Cannes has it all!
In the 2nd century BC a fishing village on the Mediterranean sea was established under the name Aegitna. The village was used as a guarding port to the Lerins Islands. In the 10th century the city became known as Cannua, named after the reeds in the swamp (Canne). These small Ligurian port had a tower that overlooked the swamp where later the city of Cannes would rise. The main activity at that time was the defense of the Lerins islands. The Lerins islands consist of four islands off the coast of Cannes. The two major inhabited islands Ile Sainte Marguerite and Saint Honorat. The other two islands are uninhabited Ilot Saint Ferrol and Ilot de la Tradelière.
The year 891 started with an attack by the Saracens (Muslims) to occupy the islands. Allah Akbar indeed, but the Christian monks beat the attack on the Lerins Islands off and settled also on the mainland a fort to protect the population. They built a castle and laid the foundation for the city of Cannes. On the islands themselves two towers were built by the monks, to ensure further safety for Cannes against fanatical Muslim fighters. In 1530, Cannes became increasingly stronger and became independent of the monks. During the 18th century, the English and Spaniards tried several times to gain control of the Lerins islands, but the attacks were repulsed by the French army. Who takes a ferry goes to the Lerins Islands, can wander between small roads and ancient ruins that have been left behind. The silence gives room for memories that here people ever fought so violently.
The islands were under the control of many dignitaries such as Jean-Honoré Alziary, abbot of St. Paul and the Bishop of Fréjus. The Lerins islands have known many purposes; In the 17th century the prison Fort Royal on the island of St. Marquerite was a feared place; the most dangerous criminals were exiled here. The most famous criminal of that time was the Man in the Iron Mask. No one knew his identity as an iron mask in his face was deformed. Historians believe it was the twin brother of Louis XIV. There is certainly an exciting movie about with Leonardo di Caprio some of which are included on Iles de Lerins.
You visit the Lerins islands with special ferries that leave every hour from the port of Cannes. A nice trip of 20 minutes over the Mediterranean. On the island you may stay as long as you want, but do not miss the last boat at 16.30. The soul of the Man the Iron mask still seems to wander around ….
The Cannes International ambiance of course did not came by itself; an English aristocrat had to help the French. According to the British their British Lord Brougham invented the city of Cannes internationally in 1834. Milord Brougham was on his way to Italy but had to wait because of a cholera quarantine order to cross over the river Var. To kill time, he built villa Eleonore-Louise on a hill in Croix des Gardes, just outside the city. One can spend time less useful. The mild climate suited him so well that many of his friends, all of English nobility came to the French Riviera. In over forty years they built in the hills of Cannes, which is now called Super Cannes, beautiful villas and palaces. Drive today over the old Chemin de St. Antoine, you unfortunately see only high gates and sturdy fencing. Thanks to Google Earth, we mortals can secretly see what beautiful things are hidden here. On the centenary of his birth the inhabitants of Cannes honored Lord Brougham with a statue that can be found on the Allées de la Liberté de Gaulle.
The once poor fishing village Cannes flourished into a center for nobility and wealth. More and more British and Russian aristocrats came to the Riviera for their health; the mild climate and delicious local cuisine proved an excellent remedy for sickness and boredom. Entrepreneurs saw an opportunity in the emerging tourism and built on the Croisette fantastic luxury hotels with the most exquisite cuisine and an excellent international service.
People that had the money, built sumptuous villas in the style of Russian Trianons and Indian palaces. Plants were imported from around the world to dress the landscape: from Africa came the Eucalyptus plant, Australia brought the fragrant mimosa tree and in 1864 the first Phoenix canariensis arrived, better known as the palm tree.
At the end of the 19th century projects such as the Boulevard Carnot, the rue d’Antibes and the Carlton Hotel got built on the Promenade de la Croisette. After the closure of the Casino des Fleurs (Gallia), a luxury successor was built for the rich clientele in the winter months: the Casino Municipal next to the pier Albert-Edouard. This casino was eventually demolished and replaced by the new Palais des Festival in 1979.
In the 20th century, more new luxury hotels such as the Miramar and the Martinez. There were fewer British and German tourists after the First World War, but more and more Americans discovered the ‘French Riviera’. To further develop winter tourism a casino was built in Palm Beach. For many Americans that corner became logically the upscale Californie district.
The first edition of the Cannes Film Festival was a bit mis-timed: just before the Second World War in 1939. In 1946, the Cannes Film Festival was re-launched as part of a smart city marketing strategy to get more PR value for this small French village. The ’50s were decisive for the long-term success; great movie stars of the movie screen such as Kirk Douglas, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Cary Grant, Romy Schneider, Alain Delon, Simone Signoret and Gina Lollobrigida came to Cannes. Many bought a second home and came back for a wonderful holiday. And the magic has remained around the movie stars of today and tomorrow; thousands of people spend hours waiting in line to catch a glimpse or a picture of their idol on the famous red carpet in front of the Palais des Festival.
Summer months in Cannes are extra special thanks to the international fireworks festival. On the sandy beaches locals gather with wine and snacks in coolers in the sand, while tourists have booked an expensive hotel table on the beach to enjoy in evening dress their champagne. All wait anxiously until the ‘moment supreme’: when the light fades out, both on the street as all façade lighting. In the dark, the announcer calls everyone welcome, the music starts and the fireworks at sea starts with a deafening crack. On our website we have each year the actual program so you do not have to miss any of this spectacle.
A beach with pebbles has it advantages; you do not get sand between your stuff. Other people want nothing more than sand in their hair and between the toes. On the Côte d’Azur you find beaches for everybody. For those who prefer not to come stumbling out of the sea due to the pebble beaches, will be happy with the fine white sand beaches of Cannes; a real treat for your feet. Officially the Cannes coastline is 15 kilometers long, but this includes the Lerins islands. On the mainland lies 7.5 kilometers sloping sandy beaches with many good restaurants. There are 13 public beaches, two town beaches and 33 private beaches. On private beaches you can rent a deck chair and umbrella for a price that fluctuates between 10 and 15 euros per day.
Nobody knows this
Of course there is a particle that only locals know. You can rent very cheap sunbeds and parasols on Plage Zamenhoff (right next to the car park Parc Croisette) and Plage Macé (near the Palais des Festivals), both public beaches are exploited by the municipality. It will save you on average half the normal commercial rates. Only rule is that you do not bring your own snack or drink, but buy at the stalls that are on the boulevard. Here you buy a salad Niçoise for about 5 euros. On these beaches are neat showers and toilets.
Are you standing in Cannes with your nose to the sea, there are four areas where you can enjoy the sea and the sun. From left to right that Gazagnaire Plage, Plage Porto Canto, Plage Croisette Boulevard and the Plage du Midi which passes into the beaches of Mandelieu.
Public beaches in Cannes
Here are all public beaches where you can bring your own stretcher.
To the left of the Palais des Festivals. During the Cannes Film Festival a large screen is placed for the audience to watch special avant premieres. Walk left along the surf (direction Nice) then you get to Plage Casino, also called C Plage.
Plage du Casino (C Plage)
The beach for sports enthusiasts; here many volleyball matches are played. If you walk through, just before the turn of the beach, you see Plage Zamenhoff.
Here you can rent sunbeds for about 4 euros per day. Come really early because the locals are of course all around 9am. Direction Palm Beach is finally Bijou Plage.
A favorite big white sand beach where no cigarettes will be found; here it is forbidden to smoke. You can now walk around Palm Beach to the Boulevard Gazagnaire. Here you will find a public beach; Plage Moure Rouge.
The most eastern beach of Cannes with a wide view over the sea towards Cap d’Antibes. Loved by locals and (kite) surfers. For a good reason there is a First Aid post.
On the whole other side of the harbor (so back and past the Palais de Festivals) are the Plages du Midi.
Plage de l’Abreuvoir
Just next to the port, ideal for children due to the lack of waves. Between Okey Beach club and the old port. More public beach is here to La Bocca, the westernmost corner of Cannes.
Plage du Midi
Public beach which also is widely played volleyball, a very popular sport in South France. Just beyond lies Plage Laugier.
Small public beach between Blue Beach and Belle Plage. Do you want to be even quieter, then head towards Mandelieu to Plage de l’Abreuvoir.
Plage du Trou de l’Ancre
This beach is also partly used by Les Sables d’Or. Look to the right, you will see the famous rock of La Bocca.
Plage de La Bocca
A special place with a striking rocky outcrop protruding from the water. This is the second beach in Cannes where it is forbidden to smoke.
Beach restaurants in Cannes
There is nothing as relaxing as a day lounging on a deck chair with an attentive waiter at your feet. Cannes knows how the adventurous tourists should be entertained; you get up, take a dip in the sea, lie down again, check your mail using the free WiFi, order yet another drink whilst reading the menu for the extended lunch you have soon at the table or on your deckchair.
On this map you can see just the beaches and its beach restaurants.
Museums and monuments
In addition to all the shops, the glorious sea, the restaurants, the alluring beach of course you still want some culture. Cannes has again a lot to offer. From beautiful churches to romantic parks and famous statues to famous museums. A useful app is the Cannes Monument Tracker; let on the spot your phone explain you where you are, and what you see.
Monuments and historic buildings
Eglise Notre-Dame d’Espérance
1 Place Castre 06400 Cannes
Eglise Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage
2 rue Notre Dame
Chapelle et butte Saint Cassien
269 avenue Francis Tonner
73, Allée du Parc Spring Country
1 Place Castre
Eglise Sainte-Marguerite La Bocca
1 Rue Barthélémy
151, avenue du Marechal Juin
Avenue Jean de Noailles
Statue de Lord Brougham au center des allées
Allées de la Liberté
Parc Residence Champfleuri
44 avenue du Roi Albert Avenue de la Favorite
9 avenue Montrose
Eglise Notre-Dame des Pins
32 Boulevard Alexandre III
9 Rue Croix
90 Boulevard Carnot
Avenue du Dr Picaud
Avenue du Dr Picaud
Avenue du Docteur Picaud
Boulevard des Pins
Chateau Louis XIII
Avenue de la Tropicale
Avenue de la Favorite
Poralto Avenue / Avenue de Vallauris
Avenue du Roi Albert.
Avenue d’Annam / Oxford
Château La Croix-des-Gardes
Musée de la Castre et sa tour carrée
In the hills of old Cannes lie the ruins of the old castle of the monks of the Lerins islands. Tour Carrée is the watchtower. Here oversees from you, like the monks at that time, the Croisette, the bay and the Lerins Islands. The museum has also a collection of art from Oceania, America and the Himalayas. Especially to visit. Between lunch and closed on Mondays.
Place de la Castre – Le Suquet 06400 Cannes
Musée de la Mer
Follow the footsteps of the Man in the Iron Mask and visit the Musée de la Mer in Fort Royal on Ile Sainte Marguerite. Visit the prison cell of France’s most famous criminal. Open all day but Monday.
Fort de l’Ile Sainte Marguerite
Centre d’Art la Malmaison
An intimate museum on the Croisette with changing exhibitions of modern art. Obviously there famous French painters such as Matisse, Picasso and Ozenfant not. They have right here in southern France inspired. Closed on Mondays and in the off season also noon.
47 La Croisette
Bellini Chapelle et Parc Fiorentina
A fine barqoue style chapel and park, part of Villa Fiorentina. This property shows how one early 19th century sumptuous villas built the Cannes gave the international standing. Since 1953, the work is also exhibited by the local painter and architect Emmanuel Bellini. Closed on weekends.
+33 (0) 4 93 38 61 8067
bis avenue de Vallauris
Le Moulin de Forville
Viktor Tuby sculptor, biologist and founder of the Academy Provençale, he gathered a large collection of special Provencal art and objects in his old olive mill. The mill was in his estate a museum and a gift to the scientific and literary community of Cannes. Open every first Saturday of the month from 3 to 6.
33 (0) 6 63 14 01 68
Avenue Docteur Tuby
Beautiful 19th century building, in memory of the Duke of Albany, son of Queen Victoria. He died in Cannes. This church still belongs to the British Royal family, but you may enter. Every Saturday there is a 17:30 mass.
33 (0) 4 93 43 76 4929
Avenue du Roi Albert
The Russians arrived early to the French Riviera, and shared their wealth with the population. The Russian church is a good example of this; Built in 1894 as a gift from the couple Tripet-Skrypitzine, wealthy residents who founded this district. The opening was then carried out by family of Tsar Alexander the Third. The church is filled with gifts of Russians who came in the winter in Cannes to hibernate and enjoy the Mediterranean climate. Visiting is possible on Saturday at 18:00.
+33 (0) 9 51 44 45 45
Boulevard Alexandre III
Grand Jas Cemetery is less than 9 hectares and is after Père Lachaise in Paris, one of the most remarkable cemeteries in France. Of course the location is wonderful with old trees and many flowers. Many people come here to walk and to meditate. Meanwhile, you can look at the tombstones of famous dead as Lord Brougham, Martine Carol, Georges Guetary, Lily Pons, Jean Mineur, Karl Fabergé and Prosper Merimee.
+ 33 (0) 4 97 06 41 52
Avenue du Grand Jas
Gallery Miramar found on the ground floor of the former Palais Miramar on the corner of Rue Pasteur and Boulevard de la Croisette. A cultural meeting point for mostly temporary photographic exhibitions. Free admission from 14.00 to 18.00. Monday closed.
+33 (0) 4 97 06 44 90
Boulevard de la Croisette
Archives Espace Calmette
The municipal archives of Cannes. Here you can browse in old pieces. It organizes workshops and organized tours for anyone who wants to know more Cannes.
33 (0) 4 89 82 20 7018
rue du Docteur Calmette
Cannes is the only French town that has 3 casino’s. So many people, so much money, where else to spend it? If you like to play some roulette, blackjack, of drop coins in a slot machine, here are the places:
Casino Palm Beach
In Palm Beach, all the way left from the center. Lots of pluche and gold, a restaurant, a nightclub and a beach. Count your money and your blessings.
Address: Pointe de la Croisette
Contact: 00 33 497 06 37 15; casinolepalmbeach.com
Open: dagelijks van 12.00 tot 03.00 of later
This casino is hidden in the Palais des Festivals, close to the harbor. Lots of tables and machines, a bar and a restaurant with view on the harbor.
Addresd: 1 Espace Lucien Barrière, Palais des Festivals
Contact: 00 33 492 98 78 00; lucienbarriere.com
Open: dagelijks van 12.00 tot 03.00 of later
Casino Barrière Les Princes
Another hotel casino; this one can be found in Hotel Palais Stéphanie on the Croisette.
Addreds: 50 La Croisette
Contact: 00 33 497 06 18 50; lucienbarriere.com
Open: dagelijks van 12.00 tot 04.00 of later
For sale in Cannes
Who wants to buy a second house, villa or apartment in Cannes, must have a plan and a budget. From that point, we can help you with the search for existing or new building in Cannes. Every advantage has a disadvantage; new construction is the first 10 years maintenance-free, but you have to wait what neighbors you get. You pay less commission costs for new buildings at the notary (up 3% against 7-8% for existing buildings). Resale apartments or villa’s shows the residential area as it is and you can talk with the neighbors. All future maintenance is for your responsibility. If you live in a existing domain with large pool, then the surprises of the HOA (Home Owners Association) in France called Syndic are also for you. Perhaps the roof or drainage needs replacing; that can sometimes be quite annoying. All things you like an answer beforehand and where we can help. With an official search order you activate our free services. And if you want to make your new apartment more profitable by renting it out, we can arrange key collection and cleaning.
Going out in Cannes for lunch or dinner is a party. At the harbor and the streets behind you will find lots of offers; from extraordinary to budget friendly. You can go on the street and just follow your nose and your stomach. Through Tripadvisor you can find all 647 restaurants and reviews of other people. This is their Top 10.
#1 of 647 restaurants in Cannes
“Excellent little restaurant” 04/11/2014
“Anniversary dinner” 09/10/2014
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#2 of 647 restaurants in Cannes
“Certainly the BEST Italian on the…” 21/11/2014
“Lovely gem in Cannes” 20/11/2014
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#3 of 647 restaurants in Cannes
“Great food, great service, great e…” 24/09/2014
“Great dinner, great host and a gre…” 09/09/2014
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#4 of 647 restaurants in Cannes
“Best meal in Cannes!” 12/11/2014
“Excellent and pure French cuisine” 25/10/2014
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#5 of 647 restaurants in Cannes
“A pleasure” 13/11/2014
“A little gem in the heart of canne…” 12/11/2014
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza & Pasta
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#6 of 647 restaurants in Cannes
“The BEST ice cream we’ve ever tast…” 28/09/2014
“The French Cake is delicious!” 05/08/2014
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#7 of 647 restaurants in Cannes
“Great all round” 20/11/2014
“Great experience” 30/10/2014
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#8 of 647 restaurants in Cannes
“A beach to enjoy” 21/10/2014
“Great Service” 12/10/2014
#9 of 647 restaurants in Cannes
“Very authentic” 01/11/2014
“One of the best.” 20/10/2014
Price: 17 € – 50 €
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#10 of 647 restaurants in Cannes
“Great place to be….” 19/09/2014
“Excellent food in a relaxed atmosp…” 17/09/2014
Price: 30 €
Cuisines: Tapas, Bistro, Wine Bar
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Nightclubs in Cannes may stay open until 7 o’clock in the morning, just in time to score a warm croissant and a cup of coffee at the bakery. At the bar they stop serving from 5:30 so you have one and a half hour to come to your senses.
Le Square Dansant
Located on the Place Verdun, opposite Bijou Plage. Here you can still dance to nostalgic old-fashioned style and modern music. With live orchestra. Open from 20:30 to 00:30.
Is it a restaurant with a nightclub, or a nightclub with a restaurant that is open until 5 o’clock in the morning? In any case, it is the only night restaurant in Cannes. Live music, great food and a great atmosphere. Opposite the Martinez hotel at the Croissette.
The Gotha Club
Only open during the Film Festival and the entire summer. Every night clubbers to come here in 2500; entrance between 25 and 50 euros. Reserve a private table with bottles of liquor through 04 93 45 11 11. What great artists there again this year stands at wwww.gotha-club.com
At Palm Beach, free entrance from 23.00, beer 10 euros.
Open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 7 o’clock in the morning. To 01.00 free entrance for ladies.
15 rue des Freres Pradignac 04 93 39 91 97
Beginning open every day at 17.00 but the real fun starts around 23:00. Alternating DJs and dance floor. Open until 02:30
5 rue du Suquet
Access Bar Club
Free admission, foam machines, DJs and much clubbing people. Open from 18:30 to 05:00
52 rue Jean Jaures 6
Sun 7 bar
Free admission from 23.00 to 05.00. reaggae, dance-hall and hip hop. Yo bro, note the address: 5 rue Dr. Gerard-Monod.
Hotel 3.14 rooftop
Feel like standing on a roof with your headphones on? These ‘silent parties’ are the result of noise complaints by the neighbors. Now they see every Thursday and Saturday night in hundreds of people go crazy with music on a headphone. Reservation is necessary because it is a hit.
Perhaps the hippest nightclub restaurant in Port Canto on the Croisette. Here you can dance shoulder to shoulder with Paris Hilton and other celebrities. Free admission, but long queue for the big wooden doors. Everyone wants to dance under the stars. Food is tasty and precious. Dress Code chic and glamourous. Reservations 04 93 43 03 43
Les Marches Nightclub
Here you are welcome for an apero (South French aperitif ) from 19.00, overlooking the harbor and Le Suquet. Around midnight the DJs go crazy and the tent is suddenly changing into a swinging club. Free admission and drinks for 15 euros. Found in the Casino on the Croisette, the harbor.
Night Night Club
Night is Cannes top gay club, for boys and girls. Free admission from 21.30 except Saturday, then it costs a tenner.
52 rue Jean Jaures
According to insiders, the best club in town, is also visited by international stars. Theme nights from the 60, 70 and 80 luxurious VIP lounges for more privacy and a large collection of cocktails. During the Film Festival can unfortunately only on invitation in there. Access inc drink 15 euros.
38 rue des Serbs, Cannes Hotel Gray d’Albion
Phone: +33 (0) 4 9299 7959
An ideal nightclub for a romantic evening by candlelight. Latin American music and delicious tropical cocktails complete the atmosphere.
84 Boulevard de la Croisette
You know the saying ‘like a cat sitting in the corner? “So you feel in this club. Always crowded and always very pleasant. Live music and very popular.
22, rue Macé
Little brother of the famous nightclub in Monaco, on the first floor of the Palais des Festivals. Different dance floors and many rich and famous people.
Palais des Festivals, Croisette