Cannes Tourism

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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.
More about Cannes

Facts and Stats for Cannes*

  • Pollution Statistics in Cannes

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

    • Air Pollution 40 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 33.33 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 31.25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 31.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 56.25 (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 30 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 15 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 20 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 55 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 35 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 45 (Moderate)
  • Living in Cannes - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Cannes is 151.4 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 71.56 (High)
    • Climate Index 94.34 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 39.71 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 45.5 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 93.41 (High)
    • Health Care Index 74.07 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.67 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 77.81 (Moderate)
    • 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 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.66 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 43.43 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 86.86 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 98.7 USD

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

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