Discover Cannes
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The city of festivals, snow-white villas, and chic promenades

Districts of Cannes

You can see the sights in any part of the city. But the following areas of the city are considered the most attractive for tourists:

  • The center. The streets of this part of Cannes are home to the chicest boutiques and luxury restaurants.
  • Le Suquet. This area will appeal to lovers of antiquity. Here you can see the majestic Cathedral of Our Lady of Hope, a medieval watchtower, La Castre Museum.
  • Croisette. It is in this area that the city's world-famous waterfront is located.
  • La Californie. It is a favorite residence of the European aristocracy. Here you can admire the luxurious mansions, villas, and beautiful landscapes.


In 2012, the city had more than 73 thousand people. Most of the citizens are French by nationality. They make up about 94% of the total population.

Brief history

The first human settlement on the territory of the modern city appeared in the II century BC. Representatives of the ancient Ligurian tribe founded it. In 154 AD, it became part of the colonies of the Roman Empire, and the small harbor near it was given the Roman name of Portus Canuae. At the end of the IX century, the Saracens took over the city and held it for a hundred years.

In the XI century, monks settled here and built a fortress to protect the region from the raids of robbers. In the middle of the XVI century, the city managed to get out from under the church's authority and gain relative independence.

Cannes remained a little-known settlement until the first half of the XIX century. The beginning of the city's prosperity is associated with the name of the English Lord Henry Peter Brougham. The high-ranking Englishman was on his way to Italy but was forced to stop in Cannes because of a cholera epidemic. The lord liked the small town, its climate, and beautiful landscape so much that he decided to build a villa here. Gradually, the mansions of many representatives of the European aristocracy appeared in the city.

The XX century became a period of Cannes' heyday and its transformation into a magnificent expensive resort. First held here in 1946, a famous film festival brought even more popularity to the city.

Ideal conditions for a beach holiday, luxury villas, boutiques, ancient monuments, numerous festivals made Cannes a tourist Mecca of Europe.

The best time to visit Cannes

The city has a moderately warm Mediterranean climate. Winters are mild and humid, with an average temperature of +8ºC — +10ºC. Summers are sunny and dry with an average temperature of 20°C — +22°C. The temperature occasionally reaches 25°C — +27°C. Cannes is beautiful at any time of year, but the best time for a beach holiday is from June to September. Cannes is world-famous for the International Film Festival held every year at the end of May. The unchanging venue is the Palais des Festivals on the famous Croisette.

Every summer, visitors from around the world flock to Cannes to watch the enormous Festival of Fireworks. The festival is an unforgettable spectacle that delights children and adults alike. Musical and pyrotechnic performances by renowned masters of fireworks unfold before the amazed spectators.

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Things to do in Cannes

The city, famous for its many festivals, has many beautiful sights that not all tourists know about. You need to visit the most beautiful places in Cannes to enjoy its beauty fully.

  • Take a stroll along the famous Croisette. The magnificent three-kilometer-long promenade is a favorite promenade for locals and visitors. It has a beautiful view of the sea, the scent of pine trees, luxurious hotels, and a motley crowd — it's all about the Croisette. If the walk is tiring, you can rest on comfortable chairs under the pine trees while admiring the enchanting panorama.
  • Visit the Cannes Walk Of Fame. One of the city's main attractions, the walkway with metal handprints of celebrities, is located not far from the Palais des Festivals. The palm alley holds the handprints of more than 400 famous artists, directors, screenwriters, and other members of film art.
  • Delve into the antiquity of the charming Suquet neighborhood and discover the true Provence of old Cannes. The narrow cobblestone streets, small elegant houses with tracery balconies, ancient lanterns on the facades of buildings — the charm of the resort town is everywhere. Sit in a cozy cafe with a cup of coffee and enjoy every minute of a relaxing vacation.
  • Admire the oldest and most beautiful church in town, the Church of Our Lady of Hope. The church was constructed in the XVII century in Provencal Gothic style. Pay attention to the gorgeous gilded wooden décor of the temple and admire the unique frescos of the XIX century.
  • Explore the history of the city in the Musée de la Castre. The medieval square tower of the castle is clearly visible from any point of the promenade. The fortified structure was founded back in the XI century and has been repeatedly demolished since then. You can realize the grandeur of the ancient castle by seeing the remains of the fortress walls and the watchtower. Museum halls offer visitors the most interesting exhibits from ancient times of Rome, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece. If you go to the chapel of St. Anne, located in the castle, you can see a magnificent collection of musical instruments from around the world. Do you want to admire the beautiful panorama? Climb to the top of the tower, but be prepared to climb 119 stone steps.
  • Admire the monumentality of the Fort Royal, which the French founded in the XVII century on the site of Roman fortifications. At the time of King Louis XIV, there was a prison, the famous prisoner of which was the "man in the iron mask." Until now, it is not known who was hiding under the mysterious mask of the prisoner. You can see the cell in which the mysterious prisoner spent twelve years. There is a Maritime Museum with unique exhibits, including artifacts from sunken ships.
  • Appreciate the splendor of the famous Villa Domergue. The luxurious mansion belonged to the artist Jean-Gabriel Domergue and his wife, Odette. The building in the Italian style delights with the refinement of the interior. The entire design of the villa is made by sketches of the famous artist. The lush park, which stretches near the mansion, was laid out according to the plan of Odette. You can admire the beautiful sculptures, sit in the coolness of the wonderful fountains, watch the majestic waterfalls.
  • Take a tour of the La Malmaison Center for the Arts. The elegant snow-white building of the XIX century, located on the Croisette, was originally a part of the luxurious "Grand Hotel." It now hosts exhibitions of the most famous artists in the world. In the Art Center, you can see the paintings of not only the famous masters of the past but also talented contemporary artists and sculptors.
  • Spend a day in the luxurious Croix de Gardes Park. The woodland park covers 80 hectares and has long been a favorite destination for city dwellers. Admire the fields of lavender, wild marigold, mimosa, and wisteria. If you want to see a stunning panorama of Cannes and the Alpes Maritimes, climb to the park's highest point, where there is a metal cross.
  • Check out the colorful Forville Market. The bazaar, where famous chefs buy their products, is located in the Old Town. Here you can find everything you want: fresh fish and seafood, meat, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and seasonings. The market itself is a picturesque place thanks to the colorfully decorated counters.
  • Try the Provencal dishes, known for their special taste, thanks to the addition to them of fragrant local herbs. Try soupe de poisson (pureed fish soup), moules marinière (mussels in wine sauce), caillettes (pork shoulder and liver cakes filled with spinach and juniper berries). Sweet tooths will love tropezienne (biscuits with air cream), calissons d'Aix (almond cakes with melon pieces), oreillettes (puff pastry).

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