Cannes: Holidays

Pearl of the French Riviera

Backpacking in Cannes

Most people don’t associate Cannes with backpacking holidays but actually, the majority of backpackers visiting the French Riviera from Marseille to Nice include Cannes in their trips. The city has numerous options for travelers of all ages and budgets, including backpackers. The areas between the main train station and la Croisette Boulevard and around Boulevard Carnot both offer a good choice of 2-star hotels from 45 euros per night. If you are at least spending a one-week backpacking holiday in Cannes, don’t hesitate to haggle for a better price. Good to know, the youth hostel Le Chalit located Avenue Marechal Galliéni provides dorm beds from 18 euros.

Beach in Cannes

From May to October, the French Riviera enjoys weather conditions ideal to spend a beach holiday in Cannes. All across the city and on the seashore, there are plenty of street shops abounded with bikinis, surf swim shorts, flip flops, bath towels, beach umbrellas, beach bags and various beach toys for kids to keep them busy. La Croisette Boulevard is lined with well-equipped private beaches owned by the legendary palaces facing the sea and enjoying them obviously has a cost. For the most exclusive beach experience, indulge yourself at ZPlage (Hotel Martinez) which welcomes the sun worshippers with 400 sun lounges and a vast ponton. In addition to dining options, water sport activities are available including skiing, wake boarding, parasailing and sea excursions. Cannes likewise offers some appealing public beaches such as La Plage du Midi located behind the old port. This family-friendly beach enjoys stunning panoramic views of the Golfe de La Napoule with the beginning of the ragged shoreline of The Esterel in the background. Lively and often crowded, it is a perfect spot for simple yet delightful beach holidays in Cannes. Most of Cannes' beaches are private and cost up to 30 Euros for a day's use (including sunbed and shade). The public beaches are crowded, and are found at the far east and west of town.

Camping in Cannes

Most of the camp sites in Cannes are nestled in green shaded parks full of mimosas and eucalyptus. It is enjoyable to unwind in such a natural setting, particularly after spending hours on the buzzing La Croisette. There is no camp site in Cannes downtown. A dozen camp sites are situated in the surroundings - up to 10 km away from La Croisette - and don’t expect them to be directly on the seashore. They are in small towns such as La Bocca, Le Cannet, Mandelieu, La Napoule, so you need to rent a car to avoid feeling isolated although some camp sites provide a shuttle service to Cannes. A camping holiday in Cannes is ideal for those looking for budget accommodation. Besides, camp sites around Cannes are reasonably comfortable and offer a swimming pool in addition to a wide range of outdoor activities and evening entertainment. You can either book a furnished mobile home or use the places for tents, caravans and camping cars. Some camps sites are open from April to October, others all year round. Try to book in advance, especially when it comes to July and August.

City Breaks in Cannes

For a chic city break in Europe, Cannes can be the right destination. The proximity to the International Nice Cote d’Azur Airport makes Cannes easily reachable through direct flights from many European countries. A city break in Cannes is not only an opportunity to plunge yourself into the magical French Riviera. In addition to the luxurious trappings of La Croisette Boulevard, devote time to some picturesque sights that the city has to offer: the charming old town and its narrow streets, the nearby port and the Lérins Islands that are accessible from the coast by a quick ferry ride. There also are many other attractions around Cannes which deserve your attention. On a second city break to Cannes, your time can be dedicated to a road trip to St-Raphael through the spectacular scenery of the wild, deserted Corniche of The Esterel with its ragged shoreline of startlingly red cliffs and craggy inlets. On your way, drop into a seaside restaurant in Théoule-sur-Mer to enjoy a seafood lunch while soaking in beautiful views of the coast. During a longer city break, don’t miss the backcountry of Cannes, especially the enchanting village of Mougins with its exquisite Provencal villas and its fine dining options, Grasse, world-renown for its art of making perfumes and the Glass Factory of Biot.

Cruises in Cannes

Cannes is a popular destination and port-of-call for Mediterranean cruises. As well as making the bost of the beautiful beaches, cruise ship passengers who stop off in Cannes will also love the opportunity to go strolling down the Boulevard de la Croissette in Cannes, or sit in a sunny cafe, or explore some of the nearby villages or cities on the Riviera such as St. Paul de Vence, Eze, or Monte Carlo.

Culture and Arts in Cannes

Clearly the most important cultural event in Cannes is the film festival that takes place every year in May. The city of Cannes also has lots to offer music lovers - during the Musical Nights of Le Suquet, international orchestras perform in the Palais des Festivals. Leading orchestras perform during the festival, and others perform throughout the year, most notably during the biennial International Classical Music Festival. Cannes is also popular for theatre enthusiasts, and during the International Actors' Performance Festival small venues are used to stage humorous sketches.j






Family Holiday in Cannes

Cannes is a wonderful destination for a family summer holiday. The city attracts visitors in their thousands from late spring right up to the autumn season. As a coastal city, Cannes has some lovely beaches, many of which are privately owned but there are public beaches as well. The shopping and dining scenes are rich and varied, and there is a magnificent collection of museums, art galleries, interesting buildings and outdoor activity opportunities. Children will find plenty to occupy their time making Cannes a perfect family holiday destination. The only slight disadvantage of visiting Cannes in the summer is that it can be very busy at this time. Those who want a quiet break with their family should consider visiting in late spring or early autumn, as the weather is still extremely pleasant but there are fewer crowds.

Gay and Lesbian in Cannes

Cannes is a popular gay and lesbian destination. It is possible to stay in a hotel in Cannes that is exclusively for the gay community, and there are numerous bars and clubs to avail of. The tourist information office for Cannes will be able to provide you with various flyers on gay living on the Riviera. Le Zanzibar, located near the Palais des festivals, is known as the 'must-go' gay bar in Cannes, and has a friendly relaxed atmosphere during the day before transforming into a more 'club-like' vibe at night.

Honeymoon in Cannes

Cannes provides the ideal backdrop for a romantic honeymoon. Located blissfully on the French Riviera, there are many attractions to explore during your honeymoon in Cannes. One of the best places to go in Cannes is Haute Ville, where there is a breathtaking view of the city. You can go for a romantic boat ride to Ste Honorat or the nearby Ste Marguerite islands. Or go for a walk along the promenade 'The Croisette.’ Together you can visit some of the famous historical sites including Notre Dame de l'Esperance, Ste Anne, the chapels Bellini, and the church Notre Dame du Bon Voyage. For your honeymoon stay in Cannes there is a range of hotels starting from lush luxury palaces to budget-friendly hotels. If you want to shop for your other half then go to the rue Meynadier which is bursting with shops that sell almost everything. The nightlife is also excellent, with some of the best casinos and bars in the world.

Party Holiday - Singles Life

Party Holiday - Singles Life in Cannes

At 7 pm, Cannes comes alive! Nightlife in Cannes begins on a terrace, in a chic relaxed atmosphere in sumptuous bars of the luxury hotels Martinez, Majestic, Carlton, Palais Stephanie... In Cannes, there is no dearth of young, trendy or glamorous spots! There are nearly a hundred... 10 pm: the first night owls stroll about, hesitate and finally choose their destinations for a memorable night in Cannes. Everyone can find what they want, the musical program varies: Nuits Musicales du Suquet (classical music), Jazz à Domergue. And contemporary music, in particular from those of Pantiero (electro-live) to the nightclubs of Cannes, oscillates between House, Hip-Hop and R’n’B. Each DJ has a unique recipe to be as distinctive as possible... Nightlife in Cannes also includes casinos. For those in search of excitement, blackjack, slot machines and roulette, from Pointe Croisette to the Festival Hall, Cannes offers a good choice of venues with the Palm Beach, Casino Croisette, Casino Les Princes. At 6 am before going to bed, just don’t forget to admire the sunrise over the Bay...

Couples Holiday in Cannes

Cannes provides the ideal backdrop if you are travelling with your partner. Located blissfully on the French Riviera, there are many attractions to explore during your couples holiday in Cannes. One of the best places to go in Cannes is Haute Ville, where there is a breathtaking view of the city. You can go for a romantic boat ride to Ste Honorat or the nearby Ste Marguerite islands or  for a walk along the promenade 'The Croisette.’ Together you can visit some of the famous historical sites including Notre Dame de l'Esperance, Ste Anne, the chapels Bellini, and the church Notre Dame du Bon Voyage. For your romantic visit to Cannes there is a range of hotels starting from lush luxury palaces to budget-friendly hotels. If you want to shop for your other half then go to the rue Meynadier which is bursting with shops that sell almost everything. The nightlife is also excellent, with some of the best casinos and bars in the world.

Golf Activity Holiday in Cannes

A golf holiday in Cannes is enjoyable year-round due to its smooth winters. Although there is no golf course in Cannes downtown, Cannes is considered as a high spot by golf lovers, with plenty of golf clubs in the surroundings. The most prestigious venue for your Cannes golfing holiday is the Golf Old Course de Cannes-Mandelieu, located across the mouth of the small River Siagne about seven kilometres west of Cannes - south of the A8. It has a 18 holes 5867 metres Par 71, a 9 holes 2409 metres Par 33 and a practice ground putting green. In 1891, The Grand Duke Michael of Russia, returning from St Andrews in Scotland where he discovered the game of golf, decided to create a golf in Cannes between the sea and the river Siagne, the Cannes-Mandelieu Golf Course designed by Harry Colt. The setting was ideal, featuring a forest of huge umbrella pine-trees more than a hundred years old. The crossing with the river Siagne with a barge while playing your game is still to this day a unique feature. During the winter, the sea breeze mixed with the pines and the mimosas leave a fragrance never to be forgotten. The highlight of this beautiful place is the Norman style Clubhouse/Fine dining, well-protected by a strong and very old umbrella pine-tree overhanging the roof through centuries.

Sailing Activity Holiday in Cannes

Sailing into such a glittering place as Cannes is an experience that is difficult to find anywhere else. Besides hosting one of the most prestigious art festivals in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, several tourists flock to Cannes in order to enjoy its yacht marina. Taking a stroll along the French Riviera you can feast your eyes on some beautiful docked sailboats and motorboats owned by some of the richest Europeans. When the weather seems fitting for a Mediterranean cruise, you can watch a majority of them gliding through the crystal blue waters of French Riviera. For the average tourists, however, you can find perfect view of them in Quai St. Pierre. If you wish to take a sailing holiday in Cannes it is best to go during the summer when the weather is at its finest.

Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Cannes

There is a scuba-diving centre in Cannes and scuba diving is a popular activity in the French Riviera. The richness of marine life with clear waters and a handful of wrecks, draws divers to the Mediterranean coast. Good weather is important in order to benefit from the best scuba diving conditions, and the best time to go scuba diving in the French Riviera is beetwen June and September, when the average water temperature is 18° to 25°C at the water's surface. Be aware that because of the Mistral wind, some diving in Cannes could be cancelled without previous notice.

Hiking Activity Holiday in Cannes

As a hiking destination, Cannes is not your best option. Cannes is better suited for strolling the Croisette along the beaches than real hiking. However there are some possibilities not too far away. The GR 51 (Balcony of the Cote d'Azur) passes on the other side of Mandelieu La Napoule, 10 km west of the centre of Cannes. The GR 51 goes north, through Auribeau-sur-Siagne (10 km from Cannes) and on to Grasse and points east. To the west, the GR 51 crosses Provence all the way to Marseille.

Shopping Holiday in Cannes

If you decide to take a shopping holiday to Cannes you will no doubt be visiting the area between La Croisette and rue d'Antibes. It is a distance that is easily covered on foot.

La Croisette is lined with a wide array of international designer shops such as Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Rue d'Antibes is best for confiseries, chocolatiers and delicatessens. Rue Meynadier is a bustling and busy shopping street in Cannes, and has a market atmosphere and bargain prices. Marché Forville (Forville Market) is situated between the town hall and the railway tracks, and here you will find locally grown flowers, fruit and vegetables. The fish on sale are from that day's catch. And nearby is the colourful flower market, on allées de la Liberté. Forville Market is open Tuesday to Sunday 0700-1300. Standard shopping hours in Cannes are Monday to Saturday 1000-1200 and 1430-1930. In high season, many shops do not close for lunch.

Sales tax when shopping in Cannes varies between 5.5% (food) to 19.6% (luxury goods). Visitors from outside the European Union can claim a refund upon departure for each purchase over €175. Shopkeepers who have signed a ‘Cannes Prestige' charter will reimburse VAT, and will accept payment in the most commonly used currencies. They will also have at least one assistant who speaks fluent English.

Well-being and Spa

Well-being and Spa in Cannes

Cannes is an ideal destination for a spa holiday. You will love the relaxing atmosphere that the South of France has to offer, and there is a wide range of luxury spas to choose from in the area. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bask in five-star luxury, with the added advantages of staying in a hotel in Cannes, close to the Mediterranean Sea, yet surrounded by the peaceful and tranquil countryside of Provence. Some of the treats you might expect to find at a spa in Cannes includes a range of treatments using Eastern ingredients such as rhassoul, soap and orange blossom oil, or Asian rituals with green tea and ginger. Slimming and anti-aging treatments at Cannes spas are likely to use the latest technology such as ultrasound or pulsed light. Prices will vary according to the type of spa you choose to go for, but they are likely to be expensive. Shop around to find the best deal to suit you. Day spas in Cannes are also available.

Wine Tasting Holiday in Cannes

As France is one of largest wine producing countries in the world, a wine-tasting holiday to Cannes is certainly a good idea. However, it is not located one of the more well-known wine regions of France (these include Bordeaux, Champagne and Chablis.) But France as a whole is renowned for its excellent quality of wines. This is because it is home to hundreds of beautiful vineyards and wineries, making it the ultimate destination for wine tasting holidays. Thousands of wine lovers from across the world travel to France every year, and are rewarded with a memorable wine tasting experience. If you were to choose to embark on a wine tasting tour of the whole of France, you will taste a wide variety of wines, and you would also get the opportunity to meet the winemakers and learn about the culture and the processes involved in wine making. But Cannes on its own is perhaps not the ideal wine-tasting destination when compared to some of its neighbouring regions.