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Welcome to Cannes

The French Riviera, that sun-dappled stretch of the southern coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, delivers on its reputation for sophisticated relaxation, with sandy beaches and sidewalk cafes brimming with beautiful people. The resort town of Cannes certainly does the Côte d’Azur proud, with its own pristine beaches, luxury hotels, boutiques, and restaurants—many clustered on Promenade de la Croisette. The city is ideally situated for day trips around the area, including guided shore excursions. For travel to cities in the area, take a half- or full-day guided trip to see the well-known seaside destinations of nearby Nice or the independent city-state of Monaco. A continuation to the less-visited town of Èze offers commanding views over the French Riviera from its hilltop lookout. In the other direction along the coast, St. Tropez offers yet another chance to bask in the Mediterranean sun, while also visiting historic monuments such as the citadel, built in the early 17th century. Head into the hills to explore the town of Grasse—a capital of the perfume industry—where the scent of Provence lavender is in the air. Options include small-group and fully private tours for the ultimate in luxury, and yacht trips are another luxe alternative. And if it's celebrities you’re seeking, the best time for star-spotting is during the Cannes Film festival, which usually takes place in May.

Top 10 attractions in Cannes

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Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

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The colossal Film Festival Palace hosts high-profile media and business events, most notably, the Cannes Film Festival, which draws movie stars and media from all over the world for two dizzying weeks in May. Its privileged location, across from the sun-kissed Boulevard de la Croisette and the Mediterranean Sea, is appropriately glamorous.More
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Gourdon

Gourdon

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Located in the south of France by the Loup River, the beautifully preserved village of Gourdon looks all the way out to the Cote d’Azur from its mountaintop peak. A place of refuge and defense during medieval times, the feudal village is surrounded by thick ramparts and has only one entrance, the Roman Gate, which leads onto Gourdon’s medieval stone house-lined main street, rue de Major. Here, look out for Maison d’Anglars at No. 17, which dates back to the 13th century.Chateau de Gourdon, a historic monument since 1971, is a popular spot in Gourdon. The castle’s 17th-century gardens were designed by André Le Nôtre, who was also responsible for the Palace of Versailles’ famous gardens. At the top of the village sits a beautiful square revealing the huge church of St Pierre. For a perfect view of Gourdon’s golden-stoned ramparts, make sure to stop at the lookout point right before you enter the village.More
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Gorges du Loup

Gorges du Loup

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Forty-five minutes from Antibes in France’s Alpes-Maritimes region, the scenic drive along the Gorges du Loup takes visitors up close to the Loup River (pronounced “Lou”) as it follows the deep canyon out to the Mediterranean Sea at Bouches-du-Loup. Cutting through the hills at the foot of medieval Gourdon village, the Gorges du Loup road is full of beautiful twists and carved-out tunnels.Two and a half miles (4 km) into the narrowing gorge, keep an eye out for Cascade de Courmes. For a small fee, you can park your car and walk down the steps to the terrace, where the free-falling cascade descends 130 feet (40 meters) below. There are two other waterfalls to be visited at Gorges du Loup: Saut du Loup and Cascades des Demoiselles.At the mouth of the canyon, the riverside village of Pont du Loup is a pretty spot to stop for a wander. And not far from the gorge, Tourrettes sur Loup is another popular village stop, famous for its thriving artists’ community and hiking trails around the town.At Gorges du Loop, visitors can go rock climbing, bungee jumping, hiking and biking—or just enjoy the beautiful view and riverside drive.More
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Port Grimaud

Port Grimaud

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Just along the coast from St. Tropez, Port Grimaud is a chic village purpose-built in the 1960s by architect François Spoerry. The town was designed to resemble a mini Venice with its network of canals and brightly painted buildings, and today it is a popular destination for visitors to the Côte d’Azur.More
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Fort du Mont Alban

Fort du Mont Alban

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For visitors to Nice, a stroll up to the top of Castle Hill offers extraordinary views of the city from the Old Town straight on to the airport. And with such beautiful weather being the norm, getting a bird's eye view of the Cote d'Azur can be addictive! For those who want to see even more from up high, Fort du Mont Alban is a must.Built in the mid-1500s for military defense, Fort du Mont Alban is located close to Nice in Mont Boron Park, just outside of Col-de-Villefranche. Although it suffered some damage in WWII, the fort is in excellent condition and was declared a national monument in the early 20th century.While tours of the fort are available only by appointment, the grounds are open to the public and free to enter. From the top there are sweeping views from Italy to Antibes – and after a rain, when the skies are clear, those with binoculars can even see Corsica!More
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Port of Cannes (Port de Cannes)

Port of Cannes (Port de Cannes)

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With a picturesque location on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the Port of Cannes (Port de Cannes) is a gateway to both the cinematic glamor of Cannes and the rest of the beautiful French Riviera. Disembark here to explore the pretty town of Cannes itself or head to glitzy enclaves such as Monte Carlo, St-Tropez, and Eze.More
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Le Suquet

Le Suquet

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On a hill overlooking Cannes, Le Suquet is the city’s historic district. The Romans built the soaring fortified settlement, and later in the 12th century, monks took ownership and built a castle, which is now a must-see museum. Exquisitely atmospheric, this ancient quarter has narrow cobblestone streets filled with picturesque cafés, restaurants, and shops.More
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La Croisette Boulevard (Boulevard de la Croisette)

La Croisette Boulevard (Boulevard de la Croisette)

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The beating heart of Cannes, La Croisette Boulevard (Boulevard de la Croisette) is an oceanfront promenade lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, and thronged with both vacationers and glamorous locals. Whether you’re stopping for lunch, dinner, or people-watching as you walk along, a stroll along this iconic street is a must-do for Cannes visitors.More
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Île Sainte-Marguerite

Île Sainte-Marguerite

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A 20-minute ferry ride across the waters of the Mediterranean Sea transports travelers from the high-class commotion of Cannes to the tranquil Île Sainte-Marguerite, a small island with more pine trees than people. Bring your walking shoes and your love for the great outdoors for the perfect day trip away from it all.More
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Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)

Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)

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With its dramatic limestone cliffs and azure waters, the Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) is one of the French Riviera's most delightful secrets. Escape the manicured glamour of St. Tropez and Cannes in favor of the canyon, which provides opportunities to swim, sail, sunbathe, and rock climb on routes that stretch as far as the eye can see.More

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Top activities in Cannes

Cannes Large Group Shore Excursion
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Cannes Large Group Shore Excursion

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Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez

Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez

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Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze, la Turbie from Cannes, 7H Small-Group Tour
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Eze and Monaco Private Half-Day Tour

Eze and Monaco Private Half-Day Tour

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Cannes E-Bike Guided Tour

Cannes E-Bike Guided Tour

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Catamaran from Cannes

Catamaran from Cannes

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Nice city tour and Old town Half-Day from Cannes and Shore Excursion
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Recent reviews from experiences in Cannes

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Canned Shore Excursion: Small-Group Monaco and Eze Half-Day Tour
CINDY O, Sep 2019
Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Eze Half-day from Cannes small-Group and Shore Excursion
The small group excursion was an excellent way to see Cannes, Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze.
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Wonderful excursion to Nice
Joan S, Aug 2019
Nice city tour and Old town Half-Day from Cannes and Shore Excursion
We saw everything we wanted to see and had some time for wandering.
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What an incredible day! We booked this...
Neil Y, Mar 2012
Provence Countryside Small-Group Day Trip from Cannes
We booked this trip because we wanted to see a side of southern France that cannot be seen in Cannes, and we certainly did.
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The best way to see Monaco and Eze...
Ivy N, Jul 2017
Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Eze Half-day from Cannes small-Group and Shore Excursion
The best way to see Monaco and Eze when you are only in Cannes for a day!
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Beautiful sites to see and very...
Dean R, Aug 2014
Monaco and Eze Small Group Day Trip from Cannes
Beautiful sites to see and very interesting.
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A great trip and a fun way to see...
Balti-most, Sep 2013
Monaco and Eze Small Group Day Trip from Cannes
A great trip and a fun way to see the area from Cannes without a car.
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No stress tour
Rbob4ABZ, Oct 2019
Eze and Monaco Private Half-Day Tour
Like to see that part of south France in a day .
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Great tour and great fun!
blancoryan, Sep 2019
CannesVisiTour, Grand Tour: 2 Hours
The gyropod tour is a great way to see Cannes.
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Highly recommended!
aworsley319, Jul 2019
Provence Wine Tour - Private Day Tour from Cannes/Mougins
We took the SNCF train to Cannes from Nice because all the Nice wine tours were booked for the course of the summer.
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Flyer02416731568, Jun 2019
Nice, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze, 7H from Cannes port Small-Group Shore Excursion
He took the time to show us places that everyone likes to visit.
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Michele L, Aug 2018
Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez
Took myself on a solo trip to visit several areas in France.
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St Paul de Vence was spectacular.... and so was the ride along the coast to Antibes
ferikov, Jul 2018
Cannes Antibes St-Paul-de-Vence Half-Day from Cannes Small Group Shoreexcursion
We've been a few times in Cannes so the option to see some of the surrounding places like Antibes and St Paul de Vence was the attraction.
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This was AWESOME! Got to see flea...
Susan R, Jul 2015
Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Eze Half-day from Cannes small-Group and Shore Excursion
Got to see flea markets and a perfumery in Cannes and then off to Monaco.
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Lovely Tour
teresaxo, Jul 2018
Cannes Antibes St-Paul-de-Vence Half-Day from Cannes Small Group Shoreexcursion
There is just so much to see and appreciate there our quick little trip didn’t give us enough time for anything more than a quick run through.
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This excursion was by far one of the...
Michele L, Aug 2018
Catamaran from Cannes
This boat ride allowed me the chance to see a bit of Cannes before and after the ride and the gorgeous coastline, and to hear the stories of the Lerins Islands.
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Yannick was an excellent driver, and...
Robert B, May 2017
Full-Day Private Custom-Made Cannes Shore Excursion
Yannick was an excellent driver, and he took us to the best sights.
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kyle.armstrong, Jul 2017
The best French Riviera Full-Day from Cannes Small-Group Shore Excursion
The tour lasted our entire time in port and we were able to see much more than we thought we would.
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We arrived in Cannes from a cruise...
terasaka, Jun 2016
Full-Day Private Custom-Made Cannes Shore Excursion
We got to see exactly what we wanted to see and enjoy.
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Definitely worth doing to check out...
Anand P, Jul 2012
Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez
They don't keep a headcount to see how many people have a return voucher.
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This tour was excellent, we were...
GILLIAN B, May 2013
Monaco Small-Group Night Tour from Cannes
It was a lovely place, would recommend this tour to see Monaco especially at night.

All about Cannes

When to visit

All eyes turn to Cannes for the world-famous Cannes Film Festival in May, but while the chances of a celebrity sighting are high, the resulting crowds and peak prices mean that non-festival goers might want to give it a miss. After a long and hot summer, the comparatively cooler temperatures of fall tempt travelers looking to avoid the masses.

A local’s pocket guide to Cannes

Jade Broggio

Jade was born in Cannes where she lived, laughed, and loved until she moved away after turning 20 to discover other parts of the world.

The first thing you should do in Cannes is...

take a stroll along the famous Croisette to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Mediterranean. Heading toward Palm Beach, you can see skaters practicing their tricks.

A perfect Saturday in Cannes...

involves lunch at San Telmo in the heart of the Rue Hoche, followed by shopping on Rue d'Antibes. Stop at Villfeu for an ice cream before going for a beer at Morrison's, Cannes’ most famous pub.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Palais des Festivals and its red carpet. It’s always incredible to think of all the stars who’ve walked on the carpet.

To discover the "real" Cannes...

visit the markets—they’re the essence of the city and Marché Foreville is a perfect example. Located on a covered square near Le Suquet, it sells many of the region's local products.

For the best view of the city...

go to the Suquet, a charming and lesser-known part of the city. I love climbing to the castle in the morning for a breathtaking view of the city surrounded by the sea.

One thing people get wrong...

is equating Cannes with jetsetting luxury, when the town is also the cradle of Provençal traditions, home to handmade products and an active and dynamic local community.

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