Recommended 16 sights in Cannes
Cannes has earned the love and recognition of tourists, primarily because of its climate and reputation. It’s full of curious cultural attractions and interesting places where you can relax, indulge in gourmet food and watch French (and not only) bohemians. Here’s a walk through 16 of Cannes’ top attractions.
La Croisette | Photo: Julien Magne / Flickr
Like the Promenade des Anglais, the main promenade in nearby Nice, the Croisette, which stretches along the chic coast of Cannes, is one of the most iconic streets in France.
Here are the most famous hotels of the city, many of which have their own beach, where you can rent a deck chair and even use the services of a waiter.
Walking along La Croisette you can watch the rich citizens of Cannes walking their dogs, jogging or just chatting on the sun loungers along the promenade.
Address: Boulevard de la Croisette 06400 Cannes France.
As its name suggests, the core of the permanent exhibition of this art museum is the work of the neo-impressionist painter Pierre Bonnard, whose works are characterized by bright and saturated colors.
The museum occupies a recently renovated Belle Époque villa on the hillside in the Cannes suburb of Le Cannet about three kilometres north of the center of Cannes.
Bonnard moved to Le Cannet from Paris in 1910 and lived in the coastal villa with his wife Marthe until his death in 1947. It was during this period that Bonnard painted his most important works, including landscapes of Saint-Tropez, Antibes and other famous Riviera resorts.
Address: Musée Bonnard, Boulevard Sadi Carnot, Le Cannet, France.
Palais des Festivals et Congrès
Palace of Festivals and Congresses.
When you come to Cannes, don’t forget to take selfies on the stairs of the Palais des Festivals et Congrès, located on the western side of the Croisette.
The famous 24 “steps of fame” lead to the main entrance of the luxurious building, which annually hosts the most glamorous film festival in the world.
Then head to the “Walk of Stars” and walk down the walkway with 46 celebrity handprints. The first print in front of the tourist office belongs to Meryl Streep.
The address is Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes, Boulevard Croisette, Cannes, France.
La Malmaison Art Center
La Malmaison Art Center.
The La Malmaison Art Center, located right on the Croisette, occupies the building of the former game and tea room of Cannes’ grandest hotel of the 1860s, the Grand Hôtel (opened in 1864, closed in 1950, then demolished and rebuilt in the 1960s).
Today, contemporary art exhibitions are held here. The cost of admission varies depending on the type of exhibition.
Address: La Malmaison, Boulevard Croisette, Cannes, France.
View from Le Suquet. | Photo: Tim Gage / Flickr.
Walking along rue St-Antoine, you will sooner or later reach the narrow streets of Le Suquet, the oldest neighborhood in Cannes, located on Mount Chevalier.
Here you can see the medieval castle, the 17th century Church of Our Lady of Good Hope, as well as stroll through the square of La Castre. You can climb the ramparts and enjoy a magnificent view of the bay.
Address: Le Suquet Le Suquet 06400 Cannes France.
Old Port of Cannes is an interesting combination of traditional French charm and vulgar profligacy.
While sipping a cocktail in one of the cool bars by the water, you can watch huge yachts leisurely arrive in the city.
At sunrise and sunset, when the buildings by the port are painted in incredible colors, you can take a chic picture here for Instagram.
The address is Le Vieux Port, Jetée Albert Edouard, Cannes, France.
Hôtel de Ville (City Hall)
Hôtel de Ville (City Hall Building) | Photo: Bex Walton / Flickr.
The imposing four-story town hall, built in 1876, is one of Cannes’ most striking landmarks. It stands on the seafront between the Palais des Festivals and Le Suquet.
Address: Mairie de Cannes, Place Bernard Cornut Gentille, Cannes, France.
Croix de Garde Forest Park.
View from the Croix des Gardes Forest Park.
When in the 19th century the little village of Cannes started to gain popularity among British holiday-makers an enterprising man decided to build a big chateau with luxurious gardens next to it.
This park has now become an 80-hectare public area with a giant metal cross on its highest point, which is commonly referred to as the “guardian of the park.” La Croix de Garde is a great place for picnics and hiking.
Address: La Croix des Gardes Cannes France.
Castres Castle Museum
Castres Castle Museum.
This museum is located in a medieval castle that once housed the monks of the Abbey of Lerins. It overlooks the town and offers an amazing view of Cannes and its surroundings.
In the 19th century Baron François Lyclam donated his art collection, consisting of medieval artefacts, Asian musical instruments and unusual paintings. This collection forms the basis of the Château de Castres museum.
Address: Musée de la Castre, rue de Castre, Cannes, France.
Church of Our Lady of Good Hope
Church of Our Lady of Good Hope.
This wonderful church, built at the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th centuries, is located on the top of a hill overlooking the city.
The church is in harmony with the nearby La Castre Museum, which was erected here several centuries earlier. This tandem forms the historical image of Cannes.
Address: Église Notre-Dame d’Espérance, rue de Castres, Cannes, France.
View of the Isle of Saint Honoré | Photo: Mark Fischer / Flickr.
On the second largest island off the coast of Cannes is an amazing Catholic monastery where the local monks still make wine-many centuries ago these monks owned much of Cannes. There’s also a wonderful fortress and a pretty port.
If you get tired of the hustle and bustle and luxury of Cannes, be sure to consider visiting this tranquil island and staying here overnight.
Address: Saint-Honorat Île Saint-Honorat 06400 Cannes France.
Île Saint Marguerite
Île Saint Marguerite | Photo: Bex Walton / Flickr.
St. Margaret Island is adjacent to the island of St. Honorat. In general, there are four separate islands next to the coast of Cannes, and this is the largest representative of the “quartet” (the two smallest islands can only be reached by private boat).
Île Sainte-Marguerite is characterized by wonderful beaches and ancient buildings, which you can explore to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Cannes.
Address: Île Sainte-Marguerite, Cannes, France.
Hotel Carlton Rue Antibes
Hotel Carlton Rue Antibes.
The Hotel Carlton is one of the most prestigious and legendary places in the city. It was built in the early 20th century during the reign of the architectural style known as the “Belle Epoque”.
It is believed that the domes of the building replicated the shape of the breasts of a famous local courtesan nicknamed the Beautiful Otero. Any distinguished guest of Cannes considers it his duty to stay in the rooms of this chic hotel.
Address: InterContinental Carlton Cannes, Boulevard Croisette, Cannes, France.
Cannes is well known to all fans of glamorous shopping, as it is home to some of the most chic stores and boutiques in the entire country.
Rue d’Antibes is the main shopping street of Cannes, literally “dotted” with outlets of the most famous brands of the world, where the super-rich guests and residents of the city love to shop.
Address: Rue d’Antibes 06400 Cannes, France.
Beach Palm Beach. | Photo: Wade 48 / Flickr.
Cannes has many stunning public beaches where you can spend all day enjoying the local scenery and views of the azure coast.
If you’re looking for a quieter place to relax, we suggest heading to Palm Beach, located away from the madness of the promenade of La Croisette.
It’s an ideal place for families and windsurfing, as the bottom along the shoreline is fairly shallow.
Address: Palm Beach Palm Beach 06400 Cannes France.
Du Midi Beach
Du Midi Beach | Photo: plb06 / Flickr.
Elsewhere in the city, again away from the Croisette, is another popular beach called “Du Midi” that is definitely worth a walk.
You can’t rent sun loungers here, so do as the locals do – fold up your towel and throw it on a vacant spot (and don’t forget to watch your belongings – theft is not uncommon here).
The Pearl of the Cote d’Azur: Attractions in Cannes
The real “pearl” of the Côte d’Azur and one of its most visited resorts is Cannes. The sights of the city in accordance with its “star” position – as unusual and bright. Magnificent nature, rich cultural heritage, luxurious villas and palaces from the glossy photos – all these can be found here.
Cannes (Cannes, Caen) is a legendary French resort located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
With a regular population of more than 70,000 people, the city covers an area of 19 square kilometers, is nearly 9 km long, 5 km wide and has an elevation of 250 m above sea level.
Its history goes back to 42 B.C. when the Romans founded a settlement called Aegitna. Cannes became well known in the 19th century: the English Lord Henry Broom was so enchanted by the beauty of this place that he stayed for a long time and brought his friends here.
The city is famous for its annual Cannes Film Festival, incredibly beautiful nature, gorgeous beaches and curative Mediterranean climate.
Winters are mild, summers are hot and sunny. The best period to visit the resort – the beginning of autumn, when vacationers are much less, the weather remains wonderful and prices are rapidly creeping down.
What to see?
Cannes is a small resort that can be explored in a day. The elegant holiday city boasts both ancient monuments and luxurious modern buildings. Below are descriptions of the most prominent and interesting sights with their photos and descriptions.
Palais des Festivals
This spacious cultural and business center, where except the famous film festival are held congresses and exhibitions. Inside there is a casino, restaurant, club and concert hall.
The building is also interesting because of its controversial and unusual appearance: from the side it resembles an ocean liner, but locals call it a “bunker”.
Address: Boulevard La Croisette, 1.
The main promenade of the city stretching along the sea coast for 3 km. Boulevard is built on the model of Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
The boulevard gets its name from the word “croisette” which means “little cross”. It used to be a cross of the Abbey of Lérins. The street has beaches on one side and chic hotels and boutiques on the other.
The Avenue of the Stars (Allée des Étoiles)
It’s right next to the Palais. It was opened in 1985. It represents a small walkway, with imprints of palms of directors and artists: K. Tarantino, A. Jolie, Ch. Stone, K. Deneuve embedded in the tiles. In total, there are about 400 casts.
The old town of Cannes. Located on the slopes of the Chevalier mountain. This area with an ancient building, consisting of several narrow streets.
You can find many inexpensive cafes and admire the excellent panorama of the resort. One of the main attractions is the watchtower of the same name, which was erected in the 12th century. It is famous for being the place where A. Dumas’ “Man in the Iron Mask” appeared.
Church of the Archangel Michael (Église Orthodoxe Russe St-Michel-Archange)
A very picturesque and elegant Orthodox church built in the 19th century. In the past, it was a major center of Russian culture on the Côte d’Azur. Many relics are kept here including the sarcophagus of Prince Nikolai Nikolaevich, the uniform of Alexander II and the relics of some saints.
- Address: Boulevard Alexandre III, 40.
- Working hours: 09:00-18:00, daily.
- Due to a small number of parishioners it is often closed. The best time to come is on Sundays, at noon.
- Admission is free.
Church of Our Lady of Hope (Notre-Dame de l’Esperance)
Located in the Suquet quarter, at its very top. Outwardly austere Catholic temple in the Provençal Gothic style appeared in the 17th century.
The inside is as ascetic as the outside. It is decorated with woodwork, frescoes by Georges Roux and several gilded statues. An animated nativity scene opens at Christmas.
- Address: Rue de la Castre 1.
- Opening hours: 09:00-12:00, 14:00-19:00.
- Admission is free.
Musée de la Castre
It occupies a building within the walls of the castle on the Suquet, where the employees of the Abbey of Lérins used to reside. It exhibits antiquities from the Mediterranean, artifacts from Africa, Asia, America, Oceania, as well as paintings of the 19th century.
According to travelers’ reviews, this museum is the most significant in the city. Of particular interest is its observation deck on a high tower.
- Address: Le Suquet Rue de la Castre, 6.
- Opening hours: every day except Monday, April, May, September – 10:00-13:00, 14:00-18:00, June to August – 10:00-13:00, 15:00-19:00, October to March – 10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00.
- Cost: 3 euros.
It is located on the island of St. Margaret within the walls of Fort Royal, where, incidentally, the “Man in the Iron Mask” was imprisoned. The museum collection contains valuable finds from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.
The oldest artifacts date back to the 1st century AD. Most of them are items from the Roman civilization.
- Address: Laubeuf Fort de l’Île Sainte-Marguerite
- Opening hours: June to September 10:00-17:45, October to March April to May 10:30-13:15, 14:15-16:45.
- Cost: about 4 euros.
Île Sainte-Marguerite (Île Sainte-Marguerite)
It is 3 km long and 900 m wide. The largest in the Lerinskoe archipelago.
It’s notable for its picturesque nature, cozy beaches and the old Fort Royal. It is worthwhile to arrange a picnic here, walk the ecotrope and admire the fishermen’s houses.
You can get here by boat from the Old Port.
Ile Saint-Honorat stretches 1.5 km long and almost 500 m wide. Named after the Catholic Saint Honorat, who founded a monastery here in the 5th century, one of the oldest in Europe.
Nowadays the shrine is working, and some of the original buildings are preserved.
You can reach the site from the Old Port.
Cemetiere du Grand Jas
Ancient necropolis and park, the most beautiful cemetery in France. Each tombstone here is a work of art. While walking along the narrow paths you can see picturesque groves, sculptures and some other architectural masterpieces.
- The address is Allée du Cimetière, 2.
- Opening hours: weekdays from 08:00, weekends from 09:00, closed February to March, early October to November 15 – 18:00, April to September – 19:00, November 16 to January – 17:30.
- Admission is free.
Pierre Cardin Villa or Palais Bulles
This incredible summer house of the famous fashion designer is located in Théoule-sur-Mer, 10 km far from Cannes. The buildings are reminiscent of hobbits’ houses, inflated soap bubbles and the houses of the future. Around – an incredible panorama of the Alps and fascinating views of the sea harbors.
Excursions here are rare, and if a tourist gets into the villa, it can be considered an incredible good fortune.
- The address is Boulevard de l’Estérel, 33.
- You can find out the cost and schedule of the visit through the Cannes Tourism Center.
What to visit with children?
Cannes is more suitable for youth holidays, leisure activities for couples in love and older tourists. Most activities for the child are located outside the city.
This is a one and a half kilometer track, equipped with the latest technology. For teenagers (15 years and older) there is traditional karting, and for the little ones there is a separate track with a pit stop and mechanics.
The attraction is great for recreation for the whole family. There is a restaurant on site.
- Address: Plateau de la Sarrée, Route de Gourdon.
- Every day, 09:30-18:00.
- Price: about 30 euros.
The park is built on the type of African safari on a huge area of 20 hectares. Visitors move here on foot and by car. You can see more than 120 species of animals.
- Address: route de Bonfin, le Capitou, Fréjus (40 km from Cannes).
- Opening hours: June to August 10:00-18:00, March to May, September to October closed an hour earlier, November to February 10:30-16:30.
- Cost: 11-15 euros, up to 3 years old free of charge.
Marineland Water Park
It is a whole country, divided into several thematic zones: the first – an amusement park for adults and children, the second – an underwater tunnel, the third – the Dolphinarium, the fourth – the classic water park, the fifth – a golf park, the sixth – aquariums and swimming pools. Visit everything at once is almost impossible.
- Address: Antibes, Avenue Mozart, 306 (15 minutes from Cannes).
- Opening hours: winter and part of spring 10:00-18:00, in April, May and September closed one hour earlier, summer 10:00-23:00.
- Cost: from 21 euros.
Farm “Wild West” (La Ferme du Far West)
Located on the territory of Marineland. A trip to the Wild West is an incredibly interesting walk on a pony along the mountain path, an exciting boat ride on the river or a visit to the Playmobil attraction.
- Address: Antibes, Avenue Mozart, 306 (15 minutes from Cannes).
- Opening hours: same as “Marineland”.
- Cost: from 8 euros.
Cannes is an absolutely charming city that is full of chic boutiques, bright showcases, cultural and historical attractions. Find the answer to the question “What to see?” is very easy: every corner of the resort conceals something interesting.
- Svtta, Samara
Hello, everyone. Cannes is an interesting and pretty town. We stayed in Cannes and we didn’t disappoint at all.
- Alexandra, Moscow
Nice French town, I would say charming) walked, swam, looked at the old town. There is a lot to see.
- Vladimir, Ufa
We stayed here with our child. Walked out on the beach and had a lot of fun. We stayed in our hotel and our boyfriend. It is very nice and well maintained. Most of all I remember the promenade and the Grand Jas.
Useful maps and videos
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