Cannes (Cote d'Azur)

56°
55° - January
54° - February
58° - March
61° - April
68° - May
74° - June
80° - July
81° - August
76° - September
68° - October
61° - November
56° - December
Dec avg
$157
Avg Hotel
$1,031
Est. Airfare

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Description

Like the plain girl from grade school who blossomed into a stunning beauty, Cannes transformed from a small fishing village into an upscale, lavish seaside escape. Famous for its high-end vibe, Cannes actually offers visitors on tighter budgets a dream of a vacation, as well. Shopping in Old Town with a view of castle ruins, people watching at an old cafe off of a cobble stone road, or lounging at a private beach in the warm sun by day and watching as fireworks light up the water by night are just a few of the activities that'll have you pinching yourself to be sure you're not dreaming. And your stories won't be the only thing you go home with. The shopping in Cannes is not for the fashionably-faint-of-heart. If the names Chanel, Dior, Guvvi, Gaultier don't leave you drooling, maybe you'll have your shopping itch satisfied by beautiful bookshops or delicious chocolatiers and delicatessens. While we're on the subject of food, we have to mention the incredible fresh, home-grown and home-caught assortment of dishes offered throughout Cannes. And while the food is delicious, the atmosphere is unbelievable-moonlit, romantic, and with picturesque views of either the riverfront or of the city itself.
Photo Credit: Atout France Robert Palomba
Photo Credit: Atout France Robert Palomba
Photo Credit: Atout France Emmanuel Valentin
Photo Credit: Atout France Emmanuel Valentin
Photo Credit: Atout France Emmanuel Valentin
Photo Credit: Atout France Robert Palomba
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Photo Credit: Atout France R Cast
Photo Credit: Atout France R Cast
Photo Credit: Atout France R Cast
  • Villas of Distinction

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    Enjoy beach, sunshine, parties and people !

    09/29/13
    Thanks to the great landscapes and sunshine this city is always dynamic and beautiful to discover: in summer as in winter. It's so different according to the season and always in movement. Knew for its great Movie Festival and huge parties, it's one of the France' jewelry. That's where you get the feeling being in holidays at any time, even if working. Where frenchies are great to you and relaxed. Where international travelers as French from all over the country go to have great time with sunshine.
    Aurore

    Cannes: Just one stop of many on the Cote d'Azur.

    09/27/13
    Although it's one of my favorites on my Jauntaroo list, I rate the Cote d'Azur much more highly than the actual city of Cannes. The Cote d'Azur gets five stars from me, while the city of Cannes get three. The Cote d'Azur, or French Riviera, is home to many known and well-worth-the-visit towns, and Cannes happens to be one of them. Cannes is expensive, so if you have a lot of money to spend, go enjoy yourself. You'll spend 20 euros to smoke one round of shisha, for example. In terms of lodging, for the budget traveler, you may want to find an Airbnb stay so you can be centrally located, but not spend a ton of money on a hotel room.

    I have been to France three times, lived there once, and just led a tour there this summer. I went to Cannes with my husband after the tour finished, and we had to search for a bargain. That's not to say we weren't happy to have gone there (my 2nd time, his 1st) but if I were to do it again, I would probably have stayed in a smaller, centrally-located town like Antibes, and done Cannes for a day trip.

    When you go to the French Riviera, you have to decide why you are going. If you want to party hard, spend a lot of money, and rub elbows with the wealthy, then Cannes should be your home destination, by all means. If you are interested in really sight-seeing and getting to know the Cote d'Azur, I would recommend Cannes to be a one or two day stop.

    Here is my recommendation if you'd like to see the Cote d'Azur, and of course, you must at some point in your life! When you're there, rent a car, and see the following: St. Tropez, Cannes, Juan-les-Pins/Antibes, Monaco, and Nice. It will be a vacation to remember! Just remember, in the months of July and August, all of the Parisians and rest of Europe flock to the south of France. I would probably recommend going after the chaos ends, if you can, like in September.
    Nicolette

    CANNES YOU DIG IT ????

    09/24/13
    Introduction : Cannes , one of the many jewels on the French Riviera also known as the Cote D’Azur, is a very busy tourist destination also very famous for its film festival which is known to be at par with the Academy Awards also known as the Oscars . As it attracts many of the movie actors from across the world, Cannes has its miniature version of the 5th Avenue in New York.

    Getting There:
    By Air – Nice Cote d’Azur airport is the closest to Cannes and it connects Cannes from almost all European cities. Nice – Dubai is a new route that is gaining popularity among travelers.
    By Bus – In France Inland transit is controlled by the SNCF (French Railways) so it’s rare to find buses among regions but if you are travelling internationally Eurolines connects you to Nice from many metropolitans in Europe
    By Train – Cannes has its own railway station and as the French Railways is one of the most developed networks its connects all of France from Cannes.

    Sights and sounds: Historic city of Cannes (Le Suquet) , the Lerins Islands , The Carlton , the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire and many other Museums , the Lavish Villas along the coast and obviously a walk on the Croisette (along the coast line).

    Don’t Miss: A memorable pic on the steps of the Palais des Festivals. Watch a play or a movie at one of the many movie theatres next to the Palais des Festivals (can be expensive compared to rest of France).
    Catch up on a tea at the Carlton restaurant to enjoy the lovely architecture and the top class service (the tea is served with some mouthwatering macarons). Ride from Cannes to Juan les Pins, Antibes , Nice and Monaco , you wouldn’t regret the ride with the mountains on one side and the sea on the other.

    Important Events : Cannes Film Festival in May , Marineland (the biggest aquarium in Europe) at Antibes has many aquatic events in summer.
    Marion and Chris

    CANNES YOU DIG IT ????

    09/24/13
    Introduction : Cannes , one of the many jewels on the French Riviera also known as the Cote D’Azur, is a very busy tourist destination also very famous for its film festival which is known to be at par with the Academy Awards also known as the Oscars . As it attracts many of the movie actors from across the world, Cannes has its miniature version of the 5th Avenue in New York.

    Getting There:
    By Air – Nice Cote d’Azur airport is the closest to Cannes and it connects Cannes from almost all European cities. Nice – Dubai is a new route that is gaining popularity among travelers.
    By Bus – In France Inland transit is controlled by the SNCF (French Railways) so it’s rare to find buses among regions but if you are travelling internationally Eurolines connects you to Nice from many metropolitans in Europe
    By Train – Cannes has its own railway station and as the French Railways is one of the most developed networks its connects all of France from Cannes.

    Sights and sounds: Historic city of Cannes (Le Suquet) , the Lerins Islands , The Carlton , the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire and many other Museums , the Lavish Villas along the coast and obviously a walk on the Croisette (along the coast line).

    Don’t Miss: A memorable pic on the steps of the Palais des Festivals. Watch a play or a movie at one of the many movie theatres next to the Palais des Festivals (can be expensive compared to rest of France).
    Catch up on a tea at the Carlton restaurant to enjoy the lovely architecture and the top class service (the tea is served with some mouthwatering macarons). Ride from Cannes to Juan les Pins, Antibes , Nice and Monaco , you wouldn’t regret the ride with the mountains on one side and the sea on the other.

    Important Events : Cannes Film Festival in May , Marineland (the biggest aquarium in Europe) at Antibes has many aquatic events in summer.
    Marion and Chris

    Villa Domergue

    The Villa Domergue is one of Cannes' hidden treasures. The house and grounds were designed by the artist Jean-Gabriel Domergue. His wife, Odette, was a well known sculptress in her own right and examples of her work are to be found in the garden.
    Cost: entrance 3.40
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    Bellini Chapel

    Built in 1880 it originally belonged to Princess Kara-Georgevich of Serbia, but later became the studio of painter Emmanuel Bellini. His daughter Lucette, also a painter, continues to show visitors around the chapel, which contains several canvasses by Bellini and Lucette.
    Cost: Free
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    La Castre Museum

    While you are up there visit La Castre Museum (free first Sunday of every month) where, besides an art gallery featuring views by painters of Cannes, you can walk amongst ancient artifacts of the classical world.
    Cost: Free first Sunday of every month
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    Planning Tip

    Another great destination in Cote d'Azur and on Jauntaroo is Nice. It's only 20 miles or 30 minutes away.

    Language

    French

    Currency

    [EUR] Euro

    Airports

    Mandelieu Airport [CEQ]
    Cote D'Azur Airport [NCE]