Cannes is located on the Mediterranean coast in the south east corner of France (it is 16 mls W of Nice and its airport. 49 mls NE of St Tropez. 350 mls SE of Paris. 32 mls W of the Italian border).
Many of the grand and opulent 19th- and early 20th-century palace hotels on La Croisette seafront promenade hark back to those days, although now the resort is better known for the glitter of the film festival in May and as a popular watering hole for the international jet set. The compact town centre fans off from the 1¾-ml-long La Croisette, with the glitz and style falling away quickly so that, within just 100 yds of the luxurious Carlton Hotel, mass production in food, clothes and tourist accommodation takes over. Here, Cannes is a brash, youthful resort with traffic jams, beach balls, fast food and the traditional Mediterranean odours.
During peak season, Cannes can be very crowded; the resort’s resident population of around 70,000 doubles in July and August, and during the film festival. The town’s principal tourist assets beyond celebrity spotting are its beautiful beach, some enchanting winding streets in the old town and a harbour packed with gleaming luxury yachts.
Cannes suits all market categories, from upmarket to backpackers, with a range of amenities to match.
Cannes offers plentiful water sports, but not much swimming: bathers here are more concerned with posing and people-watching. For public beaches, Midi and La Bocca to the west of the town are small, family friendly and free of charge.
The nightlife here offers several casinos and a wide selection of discos, bars and eateries; a particular buzz around La Croisette, Rue du Dr Monod and Rue St Antoine, and many venues stay open late into the evening; other entertainment focuses on the chic bars of the big hotels; variety of cinemas, offering special film seasons; bowling.