Cannes economy is largely based on Tourism. Many people travel to Cannes for the purpose
or business as well as pleasure. It hosts a lot of business fares, like the G-20 Summit held in the city in 2011.
It also has the privilege to host the known Cannes film festival every year, with the presence of many world known actors and artists.


Appearing in the history during the 2nd century BC as Aegitna, this city was just a small fishing town. After the attack of the Saracens in 891, Monks occupied the land and built their forts. The City
was then known as Cannes and only around 1530 the city became independent from Monks who
ruled the area for centuries. During the 18th century, the Spanish and British armies tried to
take over the area, but were defeated by the French army, who then ruled since
then. By 20th century, the city was modernized with luxurious hotels such as the Miramar
and the Martinez, a sports center, street cars, luxurious shops on the Promenade de la Croisette and rue d'Antibes, schools and of course the famous Palais des Festivals.

Location and size

Cannes is a French commune located in the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner
of France Known as the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur). The city covers an area of 19.62 km2 at the level of the sea and belongs to the department of the Alpes-Maritimes.


Cannes it’s a small city with a population of around 73'000 inhabitants, according to the statistics last recorded in 2008.


The spoken and written language in Cannes is French.

City tours

Walking through the City can be interesting and one can enjoy sights which are likely to be missed
during vehicle travel. Getting around Cannes by bus is very easy and it provides service not only
in the city center but also to La Bocca, Le Cannet and Mandelieu-La Napoule. Hiring a car is another good option if you want a thorough trip through the city.


Musee de la Castre: A castle in its early days which became an art museum in the 19th
century. It is located in the old town and displays excellent art work representing the
culture and heritage of Cannes, paintings of the city by local artists along with 200 musical
instruments, sculptures and decorative arts. It houses many cultural and musical exhibitions throughout the year.

The Musée d'Art et d’Histoire is an 18th century mansion which houses artifacts
from primeval times to present. The Musée de la Castre has objects from the Pacific Atolls,
Peruvian relics and Mayan pottery.


Fort of St. Marguerite: Situated in the St. Marguerite Island, has been renamed as the Musée de
la Mer (Museum of the Sea). This museum also houses discoveries from shipwrecks off the
island as old as the first century BC.


Cannes Film Festival is the biggest event for the City; it was founded in 1939 and held at the Palais des Festivals since then every year in May.

The Pan-African Film Festival is held every April, featuring films from the African continent.

The International Festival of Games features games as bridge, backgammon, chess, tarot,
and is held in the city every year in February.

Many other major business events like The International Luxury Travel Market, MIPIM,
Mipcom and MIPTV are held regularly in Cannes and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every year.

Day trip

Day trip to Monaco and Eze: One of the most famous cruise trips from Cannes is to Monaco and Eze. It is a guided tour which will take you to Eze, an ancient village with artisan shops and panoramic views.

Day trip of the French Riviera: This short tour is the perfect way to see all the French Riviera hot spots along with breath-taking views of the Mediterranean coast. The French Riviera is famous for its classy coastal towns which includes Nice and St. Tropez.

Evening Tour and Dinner in Monte Carlo:
This trip to Monaco is famous for Formula One Grand Prix circuit. A cruise from Cannes to Monte
Carlo takes you along the Corn Iche – a road that travels along the seaside cliffs providing very
scenic coastal views of the Mediterranean Sea.

For Families

Cannes with all its glitz and glamour might not be the first choice for a family-oriented trip, but there
are some fun activities which kids and other members of the family can still enjoy. For example take a 15-minute boat trip from the old port to Iles de Lerins, where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned in an old fort. Ile St. These islands are green and isolated, ideal for a
picnic and some quality family time. There are restaurants on the islands and some good places in town to buy children wear. French chains like "Les companies des petits" have lovely things at a good price, perfect for a holiday souvenir for your small ones.


Choosing what to eat in Cannes can be a bit tricky. The restaurants offer wide range of food
from all over the world, from Italian to Creole, Armenian, American, Greek, Mexican, as well as a selection of rustic French cuisine.
The best restaurants in the city include: La Villa des Lys, La Palme d'Or, le Royal Gray and the
Belle Otéro.


Cannes is very famous for its glamorous night-life. Though it can be very expensive at night, its spark and spirit it is worth every penny. All the bars and clubs can be very packed at
night so it is advised to pre-book you entrance or your privé table. Le Morrison’s Pub, Le Baoli, The Palm Beach and Charly’s are some of the most famous bars and restaurants in Cannes.


Cannes is ideal for shopping with its shops for every taste and every budget. You will
find the best designer outlets and boutiques like Chanel, Dior, Armani together with familiar chains like the Spanish Zara. Most of the shopping opportunities are located on the Rue d'Antibes and la Croisette.


Nice Côte d’Azur Airport: Located 24 km from Cannes, services close to 10 million passengers
a year. The smaller Cannes Mandelieu Airport is also nearby. Cannes Express operates a
regular Airport Shuttle service between Nice Airport and hotels/accommodations in Cannes.
Price per seat is 20 Euros.

Local Traffic

Traffic in Cannes gets really busy especially during evenings. This is the only reason why some
people prefer walking. On week ends there can be traffic jams on the roads especially during festivals and events.


TGV rail services provide access to Cannes from Nice, Marseille, Lyon, Paris and Toulouse.
Other international cities with rail connections include Brussels, Milan, Basel, Rome and


Coach Services arrive at the center of the city, near the Town Hall. Companies from
abroad include Euro lines and regional services are offered by Rapides Côte d’Azur and CTM, with
services from Nice and Grasse/Mandelieu.


Getting a taxi is pretty simple in Cannes. They can be found anywhere on the streets and booked
on the spot or even be ordered by calling Taxis de Cannes at +33 (04)929 9272. Fares are pre-
established and charged according to mileage.


Cannes enjoys long summers starting in June and ending in September. During the 12 hours long days of summer, temperatures stays between 25 to 30 °C. A pleasant Mediterranean breezes keep the evenings relatively cool.
Spring and autumn are also comparatively warm, while winters only last for the short period of 3 months from December to February.

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