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Discover the Cannes Film Festival and where to stay on the French Riviera

How well do you really know Cannes? Now is the time to discover our complete guide and enjoy all that Cannes has to offer.

With warmer weather on its way, are you looking for the perfect destination for your next adventure in the South of France? Then why not visit Cannes? With numerous events like the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the International Games Festival and the French Riviera Marathon, the town abounds with things to do and beautiful sights just waiting to be discovered.

Walk along La Croisette, the waterfront promenade, discover the old town, known as Le Suquet, or take a boat trip to the Lérins Islands to admire Cannes in all its glory.  Follow the guide!

Cannes Tourist Office

With the help of the Cannes Tourist Office and the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, we have written this article to help make your next visit to Cannes an unforgettable experience. The hotel selection has been put together by trivago Magazine.
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Cannes and its film festival

For more than 70 years, the film world has chosen Cannes as the location for the most important event dedicated to the silver screen: the Cannes Film Festival. This global celebration takes place at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, where the stars climb the iconic steps on the red carpet and the films are screened in the auditoriums.

Over the course of 12 days, this major appointment for the film industry transforms the rhythm of La Croisette and brings happiness to cinema lovers.  The worldwide gathering attracts a total of 4,600 journalists from all around the world, who congregate in and around the iconic venue.

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The industry marketplace known as the Marché du Film also takes place during the festival, with over 1,500 screenings and some 10,500 participants.  It is the world’s leading business marketplace: an opportunity for industry figures to meet, exchange ideas and negotiate, offering products and services genuinely tailored to their needs.

Well-being and the great outdoors in Cannes

Just 700 metres from the Pointe Croisette neighbourhood, the Lérins Islands, known in ancient times as Lero and Lerina, are lapped by the turquoise waters of the Bay of Cannes. The islands cultivate a lifestyle where nature, spirituality, heritage and winemaking all blend together.

The Lérins Islands offer a chance to escape from the town into the natural world, as well as considerable historical, cultural and environmental attractions. Walkers looking on from La Croisette are irresistibly drawn to the islands, with their promise of escape and the open sea. They also occupy a special place in the collective memory, as one of the starting points of the town’s history. To visit the archipelago, all you need to do is take the fifteen-minute ferry from Laubeuf quay in the western part of the old port.

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The islands are being considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Gourmet treats: enjoy the finer things of life in Cannes

With bistrots, brasseries, concept restaurants and Michelin-starred eateries, the culinary arts are indisputably part of the town’s heritage.  Gastronomy is one of its major attractions, and everyone should be sure to visit its magical establishments and enjoy the local specialities.

Cannes is a source of creativity for artists and chefs, who skilfully reinvent traditional recipes. The cuisine is essentially based on local food, like the catch brought in by the town’s fishermen or produce from small producers and market gardeners in the lower Siagne Valley. Here, the town council has been investing for many years in an ambitious project to encourage organic or responsible farmers in an area of around 48 hectares.

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Since it was established, the gourmet restaurant La Palme d’Or, located on the first floor of the Hotel Martinez, has been one of the leading lights of the French culinary arts, with two Michelin stars and four Gault & Millau toques to its name. In an enchanting setting on the Bay of Cannes, chef Christian Sinicropi serves up a feast for the senses that is always daring and always inventive. The ‘e = sc2’ tableware at La Palme d’Or is designed by the chef and produced by his wife, Catherine.

Choosing a hotel for your stay in Cannes

To ensure that you make the absolute most of your stay, we have put together a selection of the five best hotels in Cannes. Are you looking for a luxury spa hotel to get away from it all? A charming hotel where you can relax after long days exploring the town? Or a four-star hotel located right in the centre? Whatever it might be, your ideal hotel is waiting for you!