Hotels in Cannes
Enjoy a unique experience in Cannes
The elegant, charming and festive town of Cannes is an unmissable seaside destination on the Côte d’Azur. It attracts a diverse range of visitors, from regulars who come back every year to tourists who are discovering the famous town for the first time. It is world renowned for its International Film Festival, and this cosmopolitan city knows how to flaunt its charms. Cannes was first popular with high society in the 19th century, and it has retained its authentic character, somewhere between a traditional Mediterranean atmosphere and a more modern feel. Couples will love the Cannes good life which lends itself readily to a stay full of romance. For a family holiday, adults and children alike can enjoy the seaside and water sports, at the same time enjoying the extravagant luxury of La Croisette. Groups of friends can make the most of their leisure time, enjoy new cultural discoveries and revel in the bustling nightlife. Staying at the Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso Cannes, you will be able to make the most of the relaxation on offer in the thalassotherapy spa and well-being centre. Ideally situated in the heart of the city, opposite the old port, you can explore Cannes, with its famous sights and places of interest, at your leisure, and enjoy the beach and water sports too.
For your stay at the Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso Cannes, you will be welcomed into a luxurious establishment dedicated to relaxation. You have access to the thermal baths and 2,700 m² of fitness equipment with a team of professionals at your disposal for care and treatments. To top it off, the Le 360 panoramic restaurant gives you the opportunity to sample local and international specialities with an unbeatable view of the town. At the heart of the home of thalassotherapy, Le Bio offers healthy meals which are the perfect accompaniment to your fitness programme.
A 19th-century boom
Cannes was built in the Middle Ages, and remained a small, modest town for a long time. However, in the 19th century, the Lord Chancellor moved here, attracted by the countryside of the Côte d’Azur and its wonderful warm climate. Following his lead, some of the English and French aristocracy started to move to Cannes’s warmer climes in the winter; you can still see their amazing villas today. Cannes’s popularity steadily increased, and it continued to develop around the business of seaside tourism with a prestigious clientele. In the 20th century, the creation of the Cannes Film Festival brought a whole new dimension, and international standing, to the city.
A varied heritage
The most famous image of Cannes is undoubtedly that of La Croisette and its famous steps which the film stars ascend during the Film Festival. However, the town is also home to a rich heritage which goes far beyond the clichéd images that many people imagine when they think of Cannes. Some of the must-see sights include Le Suquet, the name given to the old town, and its distinctive streets, the Lérins Isles and their fortified monastery, the Sea Museum and the Villa Domergue. Of course, La Croisette is still a special place for a stroll to experience the glitz and glamour of Cannes, particularly at sunset.
A city in the heart of the Côte d’Azur
Cannes has many assets which have made it one of the most popular seaside resorts for its wealthy clientele, one of which is the year-round warm weather. Its little ports, large bay opening out onto the Mediterranean, and the islands off the coast create a picture-postcard- scene where you can daydream and relax. Cannes is also a major city rich in activities and attractions, and is easily accessible by road and rail. The A8 motorway runs to the west of the town, and the D6007 runs along the seafront connecting you with other famous Côte d’Azur towns, such as Antibes, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Nice. Cannes train station is served by local and regional trains and the national express network of TGV trains.
La Croisette is Cannes’s famous promenade which runs along the seafront, and is a must-visit for your strolls around the centre of town. Running alongside the beach and bordered by pine trees, this pedestrianised boulevard offers beautiful views of the sea and the grand luxury hotels which form an integral part of the town’s fame. Locals, tourists and celebrities mingle in a friendly atmosphere. Finish your trip with a visit to Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, which you will recognise from its famous red-carpeted steps.
The Lérins Isles
A jewel in the crown of Cannes’s natural heritage, the Lérins Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands, Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat, and three small islets. Sainte-Marguerite is home to a royal fort, where the Man in the Iron Mask was supposedly imprisoned in the 17th century. Saint-Honorat is famous for its magnificent fortified monastery, which has fantastic views of the sea and the Esterel Massif on the other side. You can get to the Lérins Isles by ferry in about 20 minutes.
La Castre Museum
La Castre is one of France’s rare museums of primitive art and contains important collections from the Himalayas, Pre-Colombian America and Oceania. You will also see Mediterranean antiques and world music instruments. The building housing the museum makes the trip worthwhile in itself – it is built into the remains of the medieval castle of the monks of Lérins, at the summit of the hill in Le Suquet. The watchtower has 109 steps, and from the top you can appreciate the amazing panorama of the surroundings.
The old port and le Suquet
Once you have visited La Castre museum, make the most of your trip and visit Le Suquet, the old town with its picturesque streets. The rue Saint-Antoine is the main shopping street and there are also restaurants and terraces. You will find the old port on your way down to the seafront, where you can enjoy a walk and see the luxury yachts moored there. You can visit Forville too on your way, and discover the large covered market with its local products, including fresh fish and flowers.
Cannes offers a very large choice of restaurants and bars, and there are plenty of Mediterranean, Provençal and international specialities on the menu. Along La Croisette you will find big-name hotels, and don’t forget to enjoy a meal in the Radisson Blu 360 restaurant with its panoramic terrace. The rue Saint-Antoine, at the heart of the old town, is full of cosy little restaurants in picturesque settings. Lots of Mediterranean brasseries are located all along the beach, so you can indulge yourself before or after some sunbathing!
The Film Festival is undoubtedly the most famous and popular event in Cannes. It usually takes place in the second half of May and welcomes all of cinema’s biggest names. This is also a great occasion for fans to discover films in preview and to meet stars, directors, critics and other specialists of the big screen. There are lots of other events going on around the Festival, including parties and evening receptions, although they are usually reserved for the professionals. Other events take place throughout the year too: the NRJ Music Awards in January, the International Game Festival in February, the Yachting Festival in September and Gastronoma in the autumn.
A night out in Cannes
With the terraces, wine bars, pubs and cocktail bars, there is everything you could wish for on a night out in Cannes. You will come across lots of bars and bistros in the centre of town, between the rue Macé and the rue du Commandant Vidal, behind La Croisette. Some of these places turn into discos in the evening and at the weekends, attracting a young, diverse crowd. Other good nightspots include the clubs close to the Palais des Festivals, at the western end of La Croisette. The nightlife in le Suquet is less busy than in the centre of town, but great for those who want a quieter drink in an authentic setting.
A stay in Cannes is the perfect time to discover the Côte d’Azur, its main towns and cities and the surrounding unspoilt countryside. Antibes is one of the region’s main destinations. In this fortified town which dominates the seafront, you will be able to visit Vauban Port and the Carré Fort. It is also home to a Picasso museum located in the Chateau Grimaldi. Children and adults alike will love Marineland marine life park. On the other side of the cape is Juan-les-Pins, a seaside resort with fine sandy beaches, nightclubs and casinos.
Nice is a friendly, modern city which is an unmissable destination on your Côte d’Azur trip. It is just a 45-minute drive from Cannes on the A8 motorway, and is home to a very important cultural heritage. You will love wandering around the streets of the old town, taking a stroll down the famous Promenade des Anglais, enjoying the smells and tastes of the market on the Cours Saleya, and of course visiting the Marc Chagall Museum and the Matisse Museum. If you are visiting the Côte d’Azur in February, make sure to catch the Nice Carnival, which is where the heart of the action is at the weekend.
The luxurious and elegant Principality of Monaco is a must-visit place during your stay in Cannes. Just an hour’s drive away from Cannes, you can enjoy discovering its natural rock formations and luxury villas which have made the reputation of this small principality. During your visit, take a stroll on the Rocher des Grimaldi, then stop to admire the Prince’s Palace before going to the Oceanographic Museum. When you go to Monte-Carlo, you will see the town’s prestigious cathedral, and its gardens, terraces and palaces which are witness to the wealth of the town during the Belle Époque.
Castellane and the Verdon Regional Park
Far from the crowds and bustle of the Côte d’Azur, come and unwind in the heart of unspoilt nature preserved in the Verdon Regional Park. This is the ideal place for countryside walks, and you also have the opportunity to go rafting or canoe-kayaking on the River Verdon. From Cannes, take the Route Napoleon in the direction of Grasse, then continue towards Digne. In 1 hour 40 minutes, you come into Castellane, a small but charming Provençal town. From there, take the path which starts behind the church which takes you to the Notre-Dame-du-Roc chapel in around 30 minutes.