With its wonderful climate and chic reputation, Cannes is a great place to visit. This city, on France’s sparkling Riviera, has many fascinating cultural attractions as well as some great places where you can relax, indulge and watch how the other half live. Here’s our guide to the top 20 things to do in Cannes.
The Cannes Yachting Festival runs every September and is a chance to admire the latest boats and luxury yachts on sale. If you can’t afford the down payment on a vessel, don’t worry – simply play out your tycoon fantasies by visiting all the sleekest sailing machines. The festival attracts an international crowd, with about 50% of the attendees coming from overseas. It takes place in two locations: the Vieux Port (the Old Port) and the Port Pierre Canto.
The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most famous international festivals in the world, celebrating both art-house and mainstream cinema. Cannes comes alive every May when the most celebrated names in the film world descend on the city. Although the festival takes place all over town in every theatre, cinema and hotel, the main concentration is on its most famous street, La Croisette.
When you see pictures of stars on the red carpet in Cannes during the film festival, they’re almost always standing in front of the Lumière Theatre at the Palais. This is the Cannes Film Festival’s true home and has no less than 18 cinema screens when the festival is in full swing in May.
While the Carlton Hotel might be the most well-known place to stay in Cannes among out-of-towners, the Hotel Barrière Le Majestic is just as iconic among the locals. The hotel is right on La Croisette and has its own private beach. It also hosts lots of events (particularly in the summer months), like funky club nights, and is a good place to watch the Bastille Day fireworks in July.