Lisa Mackinnon, Senior City Break Specialist

"Once a small fishing village, Cannes is now a glamorous seaside town. Although its nightlife and expensive restaurants give Cannes a feel of exclusivity, it does have alternatives to suit all budgets. Tourists can check out the beauty and architecture of the old quarter, Le Suquet, with its cobbled streets and breathtaking views. Alternatively, sit at a street side table and enjoy the favoured hobby of people watching and admiring the many Ferraris and Porsches cruising past."

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 high-end 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 high end boutiques and lavish hotels laying claim to privately owned beachfronts. 

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Picturesque setting
  • Beachfront attractions
  • Luxury short breaks


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!

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Cannes designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Cannes hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 91,077
Languages French
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

Why not take a trip to the Lerins Islands, it's only 15 minutes by boat from Cannes.

Distance from airports
Mandelieu 5 km
Nice Côte d'Azur 26 km
Railway stations
Gare de Cannes