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"The Zenith of Luxury"

Cannes Tourism

Cannes is a city located on Cote d'Azur or more commonly the French Riviera known for its luxury shops and hotels and the distinctive annual Cannes Film Festival apart from which the city also has a lot of natural beauty to offer making your trip worthwhile.

Originally a fishing village, Cannes now sparkles with glamour and luxury, be it the numerous boutiques, couture shops, the elegant Belle €poque hotels or superstars and celebrities making it the social hub of Europe. The city bustles with life in the month of May when its the host of the annual Cannes Film Festival and hereby, the best place for fans to be busy celebrity spotting. With the beautiful Mediterranean climate and blessed with scenic beauty, boulevards lined with palm trees, Cannes never ceases to mesmerize its visitors. The harbours, the bay, the churches, and the architectural beauty of La Susquet make Cannes's a traveler's paradise.

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Shopping in Cannes

Cannes is known for its luxury boutiques, couture shops and designer fashion and is hence, the ultimate place to make the best use of your credit card. The shops in Cannes are located between La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes. One can also visit the vibrant marketplace Rue Meynadier and taste varying types of cheese and quality wines. For souvenirs, head to the monastery on Ste Honorat. Shops are usually open from Monday to Saturday.

Currency in Cannes

All international Credit Cards are accpeted at almost every place in Cannes.Not many purchases are made by in hand cash.

Nightlife in Cannes

Cannes has a lavish night life and is the only French town to have three casinos: Casino Palm Beach, Casino Barriere and Casino Barrire Les Princes. The centre of attraction is found on Rue Commandant Andr_ and surrounding little streets. The region between La Croisette and the Rue dêAntibes is known as Carr_ dêOr (Golden Square) with numerous bars and clubs to offer. Night clubs stay open until 7am but bars must close at 5:30 am. One should head towards the La Chunga or Le Square Dansant ( to name a few) in order to kickstart an amazing night.

History of Cannes

Cannes once used to be a small fishing village.The city was knows as Canua in 10th century and was the site of Liguarian port and then became a Roman outpost. The city was controlled by monks from Lerins island for hundreds of years till around 1530s when Cannes became independent. The British and the Spanish tried gaining control but their attempts were unsuccessful. By the 18th century, the town attracted English aristocracy to build their winter residences and by the end of the 19th century, railways, streetcars, luxury establishments were all present in Cannes. Luxury hotels came around in the 20th century and since then Cannes has never looked back. The city council had the idea of starting an international film festival shortly before World War II and now that very film festival has brought Cannes on the world map.

Language of Cannes

The language commonly spoken is French and tourists can use words such as Monsieur, Madame or Madmoiselle, Bonjour etc. for greeting/starting a conversation. The younger crowd is more apporchable for interacting in English.

Cannes Customs

Cannes is a city of luxury,therefore, some theatres and restaurants require appropriate apparels. People in Cannes are very polite towards tourists and the virtue of patience is much appreciated here. Tipping is not mandatory in France because you already get charged for service on your bill, however leaving a nominal tip is a decent gesture.

Religion of Cannes

The religion in Cannes is predominantly Roman Catholic

Daily Budget for Cannes

One can travel on the lowest budget of 50 Euros which includes decent food and public transportation upto a luxury budget of 200 euros which includes high end dining, entertainment, alcohol and private transport.

Exchanging Money in Cannes

There are numerous places and services such as Travelex, Azurenne De Change, etc. to get your currency exchanged in Cannes, one should take note of the commission being charged. ATMs can be easily found.

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How to Reach Cannes

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Cannes is accessible by all means of transport: by air, by car, by train and by boat and is well connected to neighbouring cities

How to reach Cannes by flight

There are two ways to get to Cannes by air, one of which is the Nice International Airport located just 25 kilometres from the city and the other being Cannes Mandelieu Airport. The latter is a small and excellent airport catering to small aircrafts and private jets whereas the former is well connected to major destinations and serves the entire tourist platform of French C»te dêAzur.

How to reach Cannes by road

The city is connected to the wide network of European roadways, it is linked to Paris by the A8 Esterel Motorways which can be covered in an 8 hour motor ride, the same road provides access to the city of Nice and Monaco as well. Taxi services are available and most convenient but are quite expensive (costing around EUR 80).

How to reach Cannes by train

Getting to Cannes by train is the second most popular mode of transport after air. Cannes is located on the Marseille-Nice railway and is served by three types of international trains, namely, Trains Bleus, the TEE (Trans-Europe Express) and the TGV (high speed trains), it is easily accessible from the cities of Paris, Marseille, Basel, Milan, Venice and Rome, Brussels.

How to reach Cannes by bus

Travelling by bus to Cannes is a reliable and efficient alternative and comes with the added advantage of enjoying stunning views on the way. You can take the bus number 210 form Nice to Cannes which is a direct bus service between the two cities with no stops in between.

How to reach Cannes by waterways

Ferries come form the cities of Calvi and Bastia in Corsica to Nice and take passengers to Cannes, the ferry trips are longer but the scenery is worth admiration. Apart from ferries, boats can be taken to travel from any point to another on the French Riviera.

Local transport in Cannes

Getting around Cannes is easy and going on foot is the fastest mode of transport(allowing you the time to explore more which you might miss in a car or a bus). Buses are the only form of public transport in Canne. The bus network is efficient with buses plying at a frequency of fifteen minutes. Taxis can also be taken on the streets or booked by a phone call to Taxis de Cannes. There are numerous car rental services available to choose form depending on your budget.

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What are the places near Cannes?

The top places near to Cannes are Corsica which is 234 km from Cannes, Paris which is located 690 km from Cannes, Bordeaux which is located 622 km from Cannes, Milan which is located 273 km from Cannes, Geneva which is located 302 km from Cannes

What are the top hotels in Cannes?

There are 4253 in Cannes which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Cannes are Festival Residence Apartments, Residence Le Minerve, Appartement l'Age d'Or, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom sea view Apartments, 1 Bedroom Notre Dame, La Turquoise. You can see all the hotels in Cannes here

What is the best way to reach Cannes?

Cannes is accessible by all means of transport: by air, by car, by train and by boat and is well connected to neighbouring cities
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What is the local food in Cannes?

Cannes is not a budget destination and it becomes quite a pricey affair to eat out. Fresh produce from the city with sea food products baked in olive oil along with a glass of Rose Wine makes a typical plate from Cannes. Most of the restaurants are lined up along the waterfront are really expensive. The best dining areas are in Rue Meynadier and in the back streets of Rue de Antibes. The French cuisine doesn't include vegetarian or vegan options and most of the items on the menu are classified as fish or meat.
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What is the best time to visit Cannes?

Cannes experiences a Mediterranean climate being Riviera town, the summers are sunny, hot and dry whereas the winters are mild and the overall verdict for best time depends on the kind of trip one is looking forward to. The months from April to October are full of activities. Summer attracts tourists from all over the world to enjoy beaches and the month of May is host to Cannes Film Festival making it the busiest place to be , make sure that you book at least six months in advance if your planning a visit during this time and the place gets extra ordinarily expensive. The months from November to March are calm and quiet, with the peak season closing, the rates drop and tourists can grab cheaper deals on almost everything, giving them more opportunities to explore and longer duration of stay.
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