Cannes at a glance
Cannes is most famous for its Film Festival, which invades the city in May, but it has lots to offer visitors throughout the year. Its scenic landscape of yacht-speckled harbours and sun drenched promenades, as well as its Michelin starred restaurants and highend boutiques, draw visitors year after year to sample luxury at its finest.
The city’s Old Town with its winding, narrow streets and medieval structures is a great place to visit local shops, restaurants and cafés, and a climb to the castle ruins above the old town provides magnificent views over the harbour.
The palm tree lined promenade of La Croisette has become one of the main attractions in Cannes. Strolling along the waterfront is an experience in extravagance, with highend boutiques and lavish hotels laying claim to privately owned beachfronts.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Picturesque setting
- Beachfront attractions
- Luxury short breaks
Dining in Cannes
Cannes offers prestigious restaurants and smaller bistros serving up regional dishes, Cannes truly is a magical city for sampling food on a big or small budget. There are plenty of charming dining experiences to be had, with some laidback Provencal cooking, Michelin studded restaurants to street food trucks overlooking the sea.
Must-try local dishes:
- Bouillabaisse – a flavoursome fish stew made up of Provencal herbs and spices, Mediterranean fish, vegetables and served with copious amounts of croutons and rouille (spicy saffron garnish).
- Gateau des Rois – glazed pastry cakes topped with a golden paper crown, a 14th century tradition of celebrating the kings who visited baby Jesus. These cakes are seen in every Cannes bakery in January.
- Ratatouille – A rich vegetable dish made from aubergines, courgettes, peppers, onions and herbs, tomato and garlic.
Designer stores, prestigious antique festivals and daily flea markets are just some of the options for those looking to shop in Cannes. While big name fashions line the Boulevard de la Croisette, a variety of fresh produce stalls, estate sales and second hand markets can be found in various places in the city depending on the day of the week.
Osprey Holidays top tips
Take a leisurely stroll through Le Suquet, the old town.
A trip to the local town of Grasse to see exclusive perfume being made makes an interesting alternative to the beach!
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- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Cannes hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
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- Important information
Population 91,077 Languages French Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
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- Interesting facts
Why not take a trip to the Lerins Islands, it's only 15 minutes by boat from Cannes.
- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Mandelieu 5 km Nice Côte d'Azur 26 km
- Railway stations
Gare de Cannes