World-famous for its Film Festival, Cannes has hosted countless famous actors and directors from the film industry. The Palme d'Or Festival has an interesting story: its planned commencement was for 1939, but was held off at the start of World War II and therefore did not begin officially until the war ended. Since then it's taken place every year except in 1948 and 1950 due to lack of budget. The year 1983 saw the festival hosted for the first time at the new Palais des Festivals, or Palais Croisette, where it continues to be hosted today.
Cannes has the upbeat atmosphere of a city but the charm of a small town. Lovely main streets such as Rue de Antibes and Rue Félix Faure will draw you in with their pleasant shops and restaurants, perfect for enjoying a shopping day or an evening out with friends. The emblematic beach-front Boulevard de la Croisette is perfect for a coastal stroll. From the Boulevard you can see ports to both sides in the bay of Cannes, as well as the legendary Ritz Carlton Continental Hotel and many shops of luxury brands.
The Lérins islands of Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat are located just opposite Cannes and can be visited by boat. Fort Royal on Sainte-Marguerite once housed the famous "Man in the Iron Mask" in the 17th century. Located on the west side of the island are the Maritime Museum and the Bateguier Nature Reserve. Surrounded by a forest of pine and eucalyptus trees, visitors can take a breath of fresh air and a dip in the clear coastal waters.
Map of routes and landmarks in Cannes:
1. Le Suquet and Blvd. de la Croisette:
Time: ~ 45 min. walking
From the medieval castle and the Musée de la Castre museum, you'll head down Suquet Hill, passing first the town hall to the left and then the Promenade Pantiero. The old port will be to your right and Les Allées de la Liberté to the left before arriving at the Star-Studded Floor, which starts just outside the tourist office and continues on to the Palais des Festivals. As you near the beach, you will reach the well-known Boulevard de la Croisette that follows the coastline. On the Blvd. you'll pass the Ritz-Carlton Continental Hotel and luxury stores before reaching the Pierre Canto Port, which you can follow until Bijou Beach.
2. Cannes Film Festival walk:
Time: ~ 10 min. walking
The walk begins at the old port, where celebrities arrive to attend the Film Festival. You'll head towards the Tourist Office, where the Star-Studded Floor (Chemin des Etoiles) begins - you can see movie stars' hand imprints along the walkway. The walk ends at the Palais des Festivals.
3. Walk through the old town towards the churches:
Time: ~ 45 min. walking
Starting at the train station near the old town, head south in the direction of the beach. You can meander on main streets Rue des Serbes and Rue d'Antibes. When you reach Blvd. de la Croisette, follow it along the coast, then turn on Blvd. Alexandre III. This will take you to the Church of Notre-Dame des Pins, which is just before the Russian Orthodox Church of Saint-Michel-Archange.
1. Film Festival
2. Star-studded floor
3. Blvd. de la Croisette
3. Old port
4. Sainte-Marguerite island
6. Le Suquet hill
What's most popular in Cannes
The coat of arms of Cannes the flag of Provence-Maritime Alps-Côte d'Azur
Nearby towns and cities
Juan-les-Pins (10 km / 6 mi)
Antibes (12 km / 7 mi)
Nice (33 km / 21 mi)
Frejus (39 km / 24 mi)
Eze (53 km / 33 mi)
Monaco (55 km / 34 mi)
Sainte-Maxime (59 km / 37 mi)
St. Tropez (75 km / 47 mi)
The Cannes train station is located near the downtown and connects with Marseille, Nice and Monaco.
By bus, Cannes is connected to Nice by bus number 200, which leaves from the Cannes train station and goes to Alberto I Park in Nice.
The Nice Airport is the closest large commercial airport, reachable by bus number 210.
Culture and Tourism:
Palais des Festivals / Festival Palace
Le Chemin des etoiles / Star-studded floor
Boulevard de la Croisette
Russian orthodox church of Cannes
Les Allées de la Liberté
Gazeebo of Les Allées de la Liberté