Iconic Cannes:
10 Must Visit Places

Cannes is not just a destination for the movie literati during its famous film festival in May. This coastal city offers a delightful blend of sun-soaked beaches, cultural treasures, and delectable cuisine. Whether you’re a cinephile, a sun seeker, or a history buff, Cannes has something for everyone. Here are 10 places you should visit when you find yourself in this sparkling jewel of the French Riviera.

La Promenade de la Croisette

Begin your journey along the iconic La Croisette. This palm-lined boulevard stretches alongside the Mediterranean Sea, offering breathtaking views and a vibrant atmosphere. Take a leisurely stroll, indulge in some shopping at luxury boutiques like Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton and more, or simply enjoy the people-watching. (Our favourite, amongst others, is to take a coffee break at Armani Café, or on the Carlton Terrace.) La Croisette is the heart of Cannes’ social scene.

Île Saint-Honorat, Lérins Islands

Île Saint-Honorat, the smaller of the two Lérins islands, is known for its monastery and vineyards. Enjoy a peaceful day surrounded by nature, history, and the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. The monks ask that you please take your rubbish with you when you leave the island. For a fabulous lunch, reserve with La Tonnelle when it’s open.

Rue d’Antibes

Unleash your inner shopaholic on Rue d’Antibes, Cannes’ bustling shopping street. From high-end fashion to quirky boutiques, this avenue is a paradise for those seeking a unique shopping experience. Treat yourself to a chic ensemble (at Massimo Dutti, Zara, Gerard Darel), or find the perfect souvenir to remember your Cannes adventure at Fragonard. End your shopping day with a coffee at Bungalow.

Palais des Festivals

Home to the renowned Cannes Film Festival, the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes is a must-visit for cinephiles. Pose on the famous red carpet staircase, imagine yourself attending a star-studded premiere (even winning the coveted Palme d’Or), and soak in the cinematic history that permeates the air.

Le Suquet (Old Town)

Discover the charm of Cannes’ historic district, Le Suquet. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets, explore the medieval castle, and revel in the cozy ambiance of local cafés and restaurants. The panoramic view from the top of the hill is a picture-perfect moment, especially at sunset.

Musée de la Castre

Dive into Cannes’ cultural heritage at the Musée de la Castre. Housed in a medieval castle, this museum showcases an eclectic collection of artifacts, including ancient musical instruments, Mediterranean antiquities, and contemporary art. The panoramic terrace offers breathtaking views of Cannes and the surrounding area.

Marché Forville

Indulge your taste buds at the lively Marché Forville. This bustling market is a feast for the senses, with stalls brimming with fresh produce, local cheeses, and aromatic spices. Grab a baguette, some cheese, and a bottle of wine for a delightful picnic on the beach.

Vieux Port (Old Port):

Embrace the maritime charm of Cannes at Vieux Port. Watch the yachts (including superyachts) and fishing boats bob gently in the harbour, dine at seafood restaurants, or take a boat trip to explore the stunning coastline from a different perspective.

Île Sainte-Marguerite, Lérins Islands:

For a tranquil escape, take a short boat ride to Île Sainte-Marguerite. This island paradise offers beaches, dense forests, and the mysterious Fort Royal, where the infamous Man in the Iron Mask (l’homme au masque de fer) was once imprisoned. It’s a perfect retreat for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Tucked away on the side of the fort is the famous beach and Restaurant La Guérite, a favourite summer destination for the jet set (where Elton John and Jon Bon Jovi have been known to surprise diners with an impromptu serenade).

Culinary Delights

Cannes is a haven for food enthusiasts. Indulge in Mediterranean cuisine at beachfront restaurants like La Môme and the recently re-opened Carlton, savour delectable French pastries, and sip on a glass of local wine. From seafood platters to classic Provencal dishes, the culinary scene in Cannes is sure to leave your taste buds delighted.

    Cannes, with its sun-kissed beaches, cinematic history, and vibrant culture, is a destination that captivates visitors from around the world. Whether you’re exploring the cobblestone streets of Le Suquet, rubbing shoulders with celebrities on La Croisette, or indulging in the local delicacies, Cannes offers a truly enchanting experience. So, pack your sunglasses, embrace the glamour, and get ready to discover the magic of this French Riviera gem.

    Jenni Baxter
    Jenni Baxter
    Jenni is a co-founder and editor of Riviera Traveller. She has been based in Antibes for over 10 years, and has been visiting the Côte d’Azur since she was a student. As a celebrity journalist for international magazines, she has watched hundreds of movies at the Cannes Film Festival, interviewed stars at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc and watched the Monaco Grand Prix from all the key angles. Jenni has also lived in South Africa, London and Australia... and co-wrote The Expat Confessions. She is happiest paddle boarding on the Med with her 3 daughters, or sipping rooibos in the African bush. Contact

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