Cannes tourism and travel guide

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Visit Cannes: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Cannes has a charming town and harbour area, and is one of the most visited resorts on the Riviera

Cannes is situated in the Alpes-Maritimes department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Cannes. For detailed visitor information see the Cannes travel guide.

Attractions in Cannes

The Iles de Lérins is a peaceful group of islands to the south of Cannes: Iles de Lérins

The Ile Saint-Honorat, one of the Iles de Lerins south of Cannes, is best known for its abbey and fortress: Ile Saint-Honorat

The Ile Sainte-Marguerite is one of the Iles de Lérins on the Cote d'Azur and has a large fort with views of Cannes: Ile Sainte-Marguerite

Tourist classifications for Cannes include "ville fleurie 4*".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Cannes in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Popular places to visit nearby include Iles de Lérins at 5 km and Ile Saint-Honorat at 5 km.

Cannes, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Ile Sainte-Marguerite

Ile Sainte-Marguerite

Island at 4 km (direction south-east)

The Ile Sainte-Marguerite is one of the Iles de Lérins on the Cote d'Azur...

See Ile Sainte-Marguerite guide
Iles de Lérins

Iles de Lérins

Island at 5 km (direction south-east)

The Iles de Lérins is a peaceful group of islands to the south of...

See Iles de Lérins guide
Ile Saint-Honorat

Ile Saint-Honorat

Island at 5 km (direction south-east)

The Ile Saint-Honorat, one of the Iles de Lerins south of Cannes, is best...

See Ile Saint-Honorat guide


at 6 km (direction north-north-west)

You will want to pause several times to admire the views across Cannes Bay...

See Mougins guide
Valmasque Parc

Valmasque Parc

at 6 km (direction north-north-east)

Valmasque Parc is a tranquil park of trees and picnic areas...

See Valmasque Parc guide


at 6 km (direction west)

While lacking the attractions of the more important Riviera towns, Mandelieu-la-Napoule is well placed...

See Mandelieu-la-Napoule guide


Seaside resort at 8 km (direction west-south-west)

The resort at Theoule-sur-Mer is on the coast near Cannes, and is a cheaper...

See Theoule-sur-Mer guide


Seaside resort at 8 km (direction east-north-east)

A short distance west of Antibes, Juan-les-Pins is one of the liveliest resorts in...

See Juan-les-Pins guide


at 8 km (direction west-north-west)

The traditional Provencal town of Pegomas is ideally visited in early spring as part...

See Pegomas guide


at 10 km (direction east-north-east)

One of the most picturesque towns on the Riviera, Antibes also has a very...

See Antibes guide
Cap d\'Antibes

Cap d'Antibes

at 10 km (direction east)

The Cap d'Antibes peninsula is a tranquil region between Antibes and Juan-les-Pins, with a...

See Cap d'Antibes guide


at 10 km (direction east)

Very quiet when we visited, we found Valbonne to be an almost undiscovered small...

See Valbonne guide


at 11 km (direction north-east)

The arcacded houses around Place des Arcades are the start of your visit to...

See Biot guide


at 12 km (direction west-north-west)

Tanneron is a small village, often visited by those enjoying the leisure lake at...

See Tanneron guide

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Markets in and near Cannes

Market days in Cannes: seasonal market: Monday; weekly market: every day except Monday;

  • Cannes: market Monday - seasonal market only (0km)
  • Cannes: market every day except Monday (0km)
  • Le Cannet: market Tuesday & Sunday (3km)
  • Vallauris: market Wednesday & Sunday & Friday (4km)
  • Mandelieu-la-Napoule: market Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday (6km)
  • Mouans-Sartoux: market Tuesday & Thursday (8km)
  • Antibes: market Wednesday & every day except Monday (10km)
  • Valbonne: market Tuesday & Thursday & Friday (10km)
  • Grasse: market Wednesday & Tuesday (14km)
  • Peymeinade: market Monday (15km)

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Tourist attractions near Cannes, France

What to do at Cannes? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Cannes.


  • Marineland d'Antibes (11km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Frejus Cathedral cloisters (26km)
  • Trophy of Augustus (38km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Lerins (Cannes) (0km)
  • Eglise de St Raphaël (Saint-Raphael) (24km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Léonce (Frejus) (26km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc du château de la Napoule (6km)
  • Jardin botanique de la villa Thuret (10km)
  • Jardin de la Villa Fort de France (15km)
  • Jardin botanique (26km)
  • Le Vallon du Brec (27km)
  • Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (30km)
  • La citronneraie (47km)
  • Serre de la Madone (47km)
  • Palais Carnolès (47km)
  • Jardin Germaine l’Hardy-Denonain (50km)
  • Domaine du Rayol (62km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Grottes de Saint-Cezaire (20km)
  • Baou de Saint-Jeannet (24km)
  • Cascade de Gairaut (29km)
  • Tete de Chien (37km)
  • Barrage de Chaudanne (50km)
  • Barrage de Castillon (53km)
  • Lac de Castillon (53km)

Towns of Art and history

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc Phœnix (21km)
  • Parc zoologique de Fréjus (24km)
  • Parc zoologique du Cap Ferrat (29km)

Geography and distances

Cannes is in the south-east of France at 26 kilometres from Nice, the department capital (general information: Cannes is 690 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Cannes

Canton: Cannes

Arrondissement: Grasse

Department: Alpes-Maritimes

Region: Provence

Postcode: 0

Distance to Cannes

from Nice (prefecture): 26 km

from Paris: 690 km

from Calais: 909 km

from Nice: 27 km

from Bordeaux: 621 km

from Strasbourg: 562 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Nice airport. Coming from the UK by car the route takes about 12 hours (can be busy in summer). For driving distances to Cannes from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): La Roquette-sur-Siagne, Le Cannet, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Mougins, Theoule-sur-Mer and Vallauris.

This page in French: Visiter Cannes