Cannes is one of the most popular towns on the Cote d’Azur. Its Mediterranean climate and its exceptional geographical location near Nice (15.5 miles), Monaco (22 miles) and Saint-Tropez (27 miles) give it this popularity among tourists.
Today, Cannes is no longer the fishing village of yesteryear, but now the capital of cinema and is known worldwide for its trade fairs but also for its prestigious luxury hotels which are frequently visited by film stars and other people of fame. Cannes is famous for the Palais des Festivals which rolls out the red carpet every year for the stars of world cinema.
Cannes is a busy town with plenty of things to do when you visit. If you are planning on visiting in May then you can visit the Cannes Film Festival, the coolest and most illustrious international film festival, which celebrates both art-house and mainstream cinema. Another festival that takes place in Cannes is its Yachting Festival. Every September, the port of Vieux Port and the Port Pierre Canto fill up with the latest boats and luxury yachts on sale, giving you the chance to admire them.
When in Cannes you must visit the swanky street of La Croisette, one of the most iconic streets in France. Dominating Cannes, it runs the length of the seafront and is dotted with designer boutiques, palm trees and casinos.
You can also visit the Musee de la Castre which is located within a medieval castle that was once home to the monks of Lerins. The museum is positioned high above the town and provides amazing views.
The warmest month of the year is August, with an average temperature of 23.3 °C. The lowest average temperatures in the year occur in January, when it is around 6.7 °C. On average there are 111.78 hours of sunshine per month.
Cannes is a 40 minute drive from Nice Airport.