Lay of the Land
The main promenade running along the beach in Cannes is La Croisette, which is lined with lavish hotels and apartments, as well as restaurants and cafés. At the eastern end of La Croisette is the Film Festival Hall, which is buzzing with celebrities and paparazzi come May. Behind the promenade is Rue d’Antibes, which has all the luxury stores and boutiques, and to the east is Rue Meynadier, another main street with a pedestrian shopping area and a covered market.
Further east from the promenade is the port, where the glittering mega-yachts dock in the summer. A 15-minute walk above the port is Le Suquet, which is Cannes’ charming old town, including the Notre Dame d’Esperance. There are incredible views from Notre Dame, but the area is primarily residential.
The best way to get to Cannes is via Nice’s international airport, which offers direct flights to/from New York and most cities in Europe. From the airport terminal, visitors can take a direct train to Cannes. Other options include driving (though the road is often clogged with traffic), high-speed powerboat or helicopter.
When to Go
Visitors arriving in April, June or early fall will enjoy the warmer weather and a quieter feel. In May, the month of the film festival, the city is packed with celebrities, media and visitors. In July and August, the yachters and jet set descend upon Cannes, giving it a more frenzied and flashy scene.