Visit Cannes - Best of Cannes

Cannes wasn’t always a hub of glamorous people, luxury shopping, cruises and cinema. All that happened in the second half of the 20th century. Before that it was mainly a fishing village with a beautiful harbour, a busy port and two mysterious, monk ruled islands out to the sea. These monks ruled Cannes for a long time. Its known an incredible amount of conflict in its history; the bloody battle of Othos and Vitellus in 69 AD, brutal Saracen attacks on the Lerins Islands in 891, and Spanish-British-French clashes in the 18th century.

With the advent of railways in the 19th century, and the establishments of projects like the Boulevard Carnot, the rue d'Antibes and the Carlton Hotel on the Promenade de la Croisette, the town quickly came to be known as a luxury winter retreat. The first film festival was only held after WWII. Now it’s one of the top tourist destinations in the world, a unique blend of intimate local ownership around Le Suquet, morbid history on the islands, and the glitz of celebrities everywhere else.

The city of Cannes has come a long way since its fishing village days. Now it’s the prime destination for the world’s rich and famous for its gleaming yachts, beautiful bodies, luxury shopping and of course, the film festival. But Cannes’ real charm lies elsewhere – on the mystic Lerin Islands, on the food-scent laden Rue d’Antibes and the old world atmosphere of Le Suquet. Move away from the glitzy promenade, and you’ll find the true heart of Cannes.

Cannes Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Cannes tips for your visit

  • Eat all you can at the many restaurants of Le Suquet.
  • Shop till you drop.
  • Visit the islands.
  • See the Palais des Festival.
  • Don’t be as formal as would be in the rest of France.
  • Handshake is more appropriate first time than cheek kissing.
  • Don’t behave abberantly.

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Facts and Stats for Cannes*

  • Pollution Statistics in Cannes

    Know the pollution level of Cannes before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 39.58 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 20.83 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 35 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 29.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 27.78 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 54.17 (Moderate)
  • Cannes: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Cannes for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cannes.

    • Burglary and Theft 33.33 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 29.17 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 20.83 (Low)
    • Drug offense 20.83 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.67 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 29.17 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 41.67 (Moderate)
  • Living in Cannes - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Cannes is 173.15 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 74.58 (High)
    • Climate Index 94.34 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 40.3 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.25 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 86.86 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 69.44 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.01 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 103.3 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Cannes

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cannes

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.33 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.01 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 45.16 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 83.31 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 106.97 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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