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The top 10 things to see and do in cannes

All over the world, Cannes is synonymous with festivals. Emblem of cinema and annual rendezvous of the stars, the city with a thousand artifices overlooking the beautiful Iles de Lérins comes alive with authentic colours of Provence, the rhythm of the blue waves. Discover our top 10 things to see and do in Cannes.

SAIL TO THE ILES DE LÉRINS

Discover an archipelago paradise with translucent waters: the Iles de Lérins in Cannes.

Among these dream islands, the lush Sainte-Marguerite and its fort where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned; and the sacred Saint-Honorat, home to the Cistercian monks that live there. Just a few minutes by boat from the Port of Cannes, the Iles Lérins offer a harmonious combination of nature, culture and relaxation. As soon as you land, breathe in the scents of pines and eucalyptus. There are plenty of marked trails to discover along with the island’s botanical and historical heritage. A visit to the Iles de Lérins is undoubtedly one of the top things to do when you’re in Cannes.

STEP BACK IN TIME IN LE SUQUET

A wonderful place from which to admire Cannes and its Iles de Lérins.

The oldest district in Cannes reveals the most authentic and picturesque facet of the city of cinema. Take one of its small medieval streets that squeeze into the emblematic district. At the top from Place de la Castre, there is a panoramic view of Cannes, its old port and the Iles de Lérins. Cannes has a soul and it is flourishing in Le Suquet. This hill was the cradle of the city. Restaurant terraces and galleries dot this picturesque area that is a must on your to-do list in Cannes.

STROLL ALONG LA CROISETTE

La Croisette: don’t miss it during your visit to Cannes!

3 kilometres long, the famous La Croisette will undoubtedly fulfil all your every desire! With its palm trees, wide sandy beach, legendary hotels, casinos, La Croisette offers a magnificent panorama of the Bay of Cannes and the Iles de Lérins. Walk along the Chemin des Etoiles between the Esplanade Pompidou and the Palais des Festivals, to discover the handprints of the greatest international actors and directors. In summer, raise your eyes to the sky and marvel at the fireworks during the Fireworks Festival in Cannes. For families, your children will enjoy the playgrounds and rides on La Croisette.

SHOPPING TIME ON RUE D’ANTIBES

Cannes is a paradise for shoppers!

An old national road, the Rue d’Antibes is parallel to La Croisette. One way to the town hall and the old harbour, the big windows and signs of the top international brands are present in Cannes. You will be spoiled for choice: haute couture and ready-to-wear, jewellery, leather goods, perfume, beauty salons, decoration shops, art galleries… Cannes is a true paradise for open-air shopping!

FILL YOUR BASKET WITH DELICACIES IN FORVILLE MARKET

The beating heart of Cannes, Forville market welcomes market gardeners and local fishermen.

In the heart of Cannes, a large market hall full of colours and surrounded by people going about their business enlivens Tuesday to Sunday mornings in Cannes. Stalls presented by market gardeners, fishermen and other local producers will plunge you, in a charming and authentic universe that changes with the seasons. The pedestrian only areas around Forville market will allow you to stroll her and there discovering the many shops and terraces that surround it. Don’t miss it during your visit: give into the temptation of a delicious piece of traditional socca.

Forville Market Website

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BREATHE DEEPLY IN LA CROIX DES GARDES

A 360 degree panoramic view over the Bay of Cannes and the Massif de l’Estérel!

An important green lung, the Croix des Gardes forest park in Cannes is a natural space with the most beautiful forest of mimosas on the Côte d’Azur! In addition to all the fauna and flora, you will recharge your batteries with the breathtaking views of the bay of Cannes and its surroundings. With 80 hectares of Mediterranean vegetation, La Croix des Gardes Park offers 20 kilometres of laid out trails, a fitness trail and six viewing points with a 360-degree panoramic view. A walk we thoroughly recommend while you’re in Cannes.

PLUNGE INTO THE EFFERVESCENCE AND GLAMOUR OF THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

A must in our Top 10 things to see and do in Cannes: the Cannes Film Festival!

Under the palm trees in Cannes, the international film festival has given the city its Palme d’Or for over 70 years. Every year in the spring, Cannes transforms itself to welcome movie stars from around the world. During the Festival, the whole of Cannes lives in time with the cinema, and everyone can enjoy it! So apart from the famous climb up the steps, why not watch the stars from the side of the Palais des Festivals, enjoy the Cinema de la Plage or do the walls across the city with the « Cannes fait le mur » exhibition displaying XXL images of stars and moments that have marked the history of the Festival.

Festival de Cannes Website

RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES ON BOCCACABANA

Green spaces, playgrounds and sport for the whole family!

Coastlines around the world are changing driven by current policies. By redeveloping its pedestrian area on the seafront for more than 5 kilometres, Cannes offers a delightful green backdrop with facilities for sports, walking and relaxation. Don’t wait, head for Boccacabana in Cannes!

VISIT THE SECRET OF LA CALIFORNIE

To do: Californie, one of the most exclusive districts in Cannes!

Although lots of films have been shot on this hill overlooking the bay of Cannes, the huge houses are well hidden from curious eyes behind the luxuriant vegetation. Californie is home to iconic buildings such as Villa Domergue, designed and built by the artist Jean-Gabriel Domergue, who drew inspiration from Venetian palaces and gardens. A work of art in itself, you can enjoy it in summer in August during the Domergue Jazz Festival and the exceptional evenings organized in the gardens.

GET DANCING DURING THE PLAGES ÉLECTRONIQUES

To do in Cannes: go to one of the biggest beach parties in Europe!

The big names in electronic and urban music, perform every year in Cannes at the foot of the Palais des Festivals for one of the biggest beach parties in Europe. A megamix of unmissable headliners, artistic favourites and refreshing discoveries for a cosmopolitan, festive and trend-setting program. Les Plages Électroniques is 3 days of festivities, 40,000 m² of dance floor, 3 stages, more than 40 artists, after parties, a festival village and a dance floor bubbling from the early afternoon in Cannes!

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Things to see and do in Cannes

By Côte d’Azur France Ambassadors

Residents and visitors to the Côte d’Azur, discover the selection of places, recommendations and favourites of the Côte d’Azur France community of ambassadors.

CANNES

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