What to see in Cannes and where to go? Cannes in French Riviera is known for the cinema festival, expensive boutiques, and sunny beaches. Cannes is located in the Eastern part of Riviera, in Napul Bay. This is the city of architectural monuments, amazing hotels, beautiful churches, chapels and old houses.

Brief information about Cannes

The population of Cannes counts about 70 000 citizens.

Cannes is located in a beautiful bay, framed with mountains and Lerins islands in the sea. Sand beaches, mild climate and convenient harbor make it perfect place for vacations.

Promenade de la Croisette is the main street of Cannes of French Riviera. Promenade de la Croisette (or Boulevard de la Croisette) stretches for 2,5 km, and this is the place where most luxurious buildings are located.

What to see in Cannes French Riviera

Hotels in Cannes

Promenade de la Croisette also serves as a scene for numerous celebration events.

The Palace of Festivals is located on La Croisette as well. This is the main point of Cannes cinema festivals, famous all over the world. Conferences, exhibitions and tournaments are being arranged in Cannes Palace as well. Near the Palace, like in Hollywood, world known celebrities leave their hand prints. Take a walk around and see who has been here.

What to see in Cannes

Hand prints of celebrities in Cannes

Hand prints of celebrities in Cannes

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Streets of Cannes

If you plan a trip to Cannes French Riviera consider visiting: the Palm beach Hill, the theater of Alexander III, The Freedom Alley, villa Fiesol (XIX century), La Mareni Museum of Photography, gold club, Espas – Miramar theater, the Royal Casino hotel and famous Carlton hotel.

What to see in Cannes?

The old city of Cannes is called Le Suquet and is located around the hill. In 1035 a castle and a monastery were built here. The purpose of those was to protect the citizens from the pirates coming from the sea. Now chapel of XII century and La Castre Museum are located here.

The Museum is open from Thursday till Sunday:

10:00 – 13:00 – April – May and in September

14:00 – 18:00 – April – May and in September


10:00 – 13:00 – June – August

15:00 – 19:00 – June – August


10:00 – 13:00 – October – March

14:00 – 17:00 – October – March

Entrance fee is 3 EUR.

The Museum opens marvelous exhibition of music instruments from all the continents. It also has the richest collections of archaeological items from European continent and other parts of the planet.

Just few hundred meters to the West on du Dr-Raymond-Picaud Avenue in La Croix des Gardes district there is Eleanor Luisa Castle. This is villa, built by ex-Colonel of Britain Lord Brogem in 1834 – 1839. Some experts state that this was the beginning of new era for Cannes, when it began to be known as aristocratic resort.

Visit La Brigue, a medieval village in the mountains

In spite of being a world known international exhibition center Cannes is also a wonderful resort. Numerous public beaches are at the seashore of Cannes in a walking distance from hotels and apartments. Special beauty and attraction of Cannes French Riviera resort are gardens with palms and amazing flowers.

Cannes has its own port, open throughout the year, available for hundreds of yachts and boats. Walking in Allees de la Liberte in the shadows of plane trees you can enjoy watching luxury yachts, arriving to Cannes. In the evenings, when the restaurants are lighten up and lights are reflected in the water, Cannes port looks incredibly beautiful.

If you prefer to take boat trip, it is better to go to Lerins islands, which are 15 minutes by the sea from des Iles or Max-Laubeuf, also famous for its beaches.
What to see in Cannes

You will be able to see Sainte-Marguerite fortress, built in XV-XVII. It is also known as the prison of Iron Mask.

French Riviera attracts millions of tourists every year and if you plan a trip to the South of France don’t miss the opportunity to visit Cannes!

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