Information & Facts
There is much to see and do in Cannes. The old town is pleasant
for strollilng and sightseeing, and the beaches fantastic for lying
in the sun. For the more active, there are a number of watersports
available, including sailing and swimming.
Popular attractions in Cannes include the Notre-Dame
d'Esperance, the Molinard perfume factory, and the Musée d'Art et
d'Histoire de Provence. It is also worthwhile to take the trip out
to the Îles de Lérins, which boast a monastery and ruins alongside
a number of shops, bars and restaurants. There are also options for
excursions to nearby Monaco and St Tropez.
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
Cannes is not a budget holiday destination, with many
restaurants, shops and hotels charging exorbitant rates. It can be
uncomfortably overcrowded when there is a festival.
The nightlife in Cannes is centred around the casino, like many
towns in the Côte d'Azur. The Palm Beach Casino and the Casino
Croisette are popular destinations after dark. There are a number
of bars and clubs that buzz nightly, however. The Palais Club is
both trendy and popular, and Whatnut's Bal-Room plays commercial
music. English-speaking venues like Morrison's and The Quay's are
popular with expats. There are also anumber of live music venues
and theatre performances, but those tend to die down outside of the
festivals which draw thousands to this otherwise rather small
Restaurants in Cannes are an often ostentatious display of fine
dining with a price tag to match. There are a number of popular
restaurants along the waterfront and in the district of Le Suquet
along the rue Meynadier. These are known for stunning views and
good people-watching, if not value for money. There tend to be
quieter and more reasonable restaurants along the backstreets. The
Michelin-starred La Palme d'Or is a good place to treat yourself,
and Roberto's has good Italian fare.
In terms of shopping, Cannes is a luxury destination with top
designer shops like Dior, Chanel, and Gucci lining the streets.
Bargain-hunters won't come away disappointed, however. Most stores
are concentrated between La Croisette and rue d'Antibes. Rue
Maynadier has a fun, market-like atmosphere and a few bargains, and
the old town is where you'll find the greatest number of tourist
shops. The monastery on Ste Honorat also has an interesting
Shopping hours in Cannes run between 10am and 7:30pm, with a
roughly two-hour break for lunch at noon in the low season.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).