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Welcome to Cannes


Once a sleepy fishing village, this fabulous ritzy resort is now the most fashionable place on the Côte d'Azur and home to the world famous Cannes Film Festival.  

To enjoy all that Cannes has to offer take a stroll along the elegant promenade, la Croisette, famed for its chic boutiques, glamour and style. At the western end of the town is Le Suquet, the old town with narrow streets leading up to the church from which there are magnificent views along the coast. During the film festival, fans can see their favourite actors, celebrities, and directors up close on the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette.

Hundreds of less exceptional international conferences take place here each year as well, making rooms hard to find and restaurants hard to book for much of the year. Cannes is busy all year long, frequented by hosts of business travellers off-season and besieged by tourists on holiday in the summer, when the long sandy beaches, glitzy nightclubs, chic shops and famous promenade are abuzz with beautiful people flaunting the latest designer wear. Despite the city's pretensions and massive over-development, Cannes is still an international city of charm and good cheer, a great holiday destination.

Cannes may come across as exclusive due to its celebrity status but there are many options to suit all types of budgets.

Information & Facts


French is the official language.


The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.


Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Antibes is a pleasant excursion a few miles east of Cannes. It has one of the best markets on the coast and an excellent Picasso museum in its ancient seafront castle, the 16th-century Château Grimaldi. Picasso was lent a room in the castle to use as a studio in 1946; several extremely prolific months followed before he moved to Vallauris, leaving all his Antibes output to what is now the Musée Picasso. Although Picasso donated other works later, most of the collection dates from this one period, including the best known work, Ulysses and his Sirens. Picasso himself is the subject of some of his paintings. There are also works here by some of Picasso's contemporaries, including Nicholas de Stael. Alongside the castle is a cathedral which dates from Medieval times; only the choir and apse survive from the original Romanesque building, the nave and magnificent facade are Baroque. Nearby is a market which is open every morning over the summer and overflows with local produce.

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