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Introduction

The Bay of Cannes

The Bay of Cannes

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Cannes is a city along the French Riviera and located in the Alpes-Maritime deparment in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. It is one of the best known cities along the coast of France and the Cannes Film Festival is known all over the world. It's a luxurious place to spend your holiday but finding a decent priced accommodation is possible as well. Just walk around and be surprised by all the luxury here and soak up the atmosphere.

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Sights and Activities

  • La Suquet, the old town
  • Musée de la Castre
  • Île Sainte-Marguerite (St Marguerite Island)
  • Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence
  • Île Saint-Honorat (St Honorat Island)
  • Musée de la Marine
  • Musée de la Mer
  • Musée de la Photographie
  • Musée International de la Parfumerie
  • Cannes villas and yachts

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Events and Festivals

  • The Festival de Cannes, better known as the Filmfestival of Cannes, is one of the oldest and most prestigious filmfestivals anywhere in the world. The private festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The first festival started in 1930 and in 2012, the 65th edition will be a fact.
  • Festival d'Art Pyrotechnique - annual fireworks competition
  • Carnival on the Riviera
  • The International Festival of Games

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Weather

Cannes has a typical Mediterranean climate. Summers from June to September are warm, mostly between 28 and 32 °C during the day and around 20 °C at night. Most days are sunny and dry. Winters are wetter with temperatures around or just above 10 °C and nights well above zero. Frost and snow are rare.

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest important airport is Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur (NCE). Almost every major city in Europe has regular service to this airport, while almost every airport in the UK has service too. There are also flights to Marrakech, Casablanca, Dubai, Algiers, Malta, Tunis, Beirut and even to New York directly from Nice.
Further away but with a significant number of flights is the airport near Marseille.

By Train

Destinations include Nice (30 minutes), Grasse (25 minutes) and Marseille (two hours), as well as St-Raphaël.

By Bus

There are regular services to Nice (1,5 hours) and Nice Airport (40 minutes), as well as more places along the coastline like Antibes, Saint Tropez and Toulon and to places inland.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Alan Robert's Hotel16,RUE JEAN JAURES 06400 CANNESHotel83
Appia Hôtel6 Rue MarceauHotel86
Atlantis Hotel Cannes4, rue du 24 Aout 06400 CannesHotel82
Cannes Garden Hotel7, Rue Moliere 112, Rue d'antibesHotel-
Chanteclair12 rue ForvilleHotel89
Éthic étapes Cannes JeunessePort Du Mourre RougeHostel-
Hotel BalladinsZI de la Bastide Rouge 242 Avenue Francis TonnerHotel79
Hotel Corona55, Rue d'AntibesHotel-
Hôtel La Villa Tosca***11 rue HocheHotel89
Hotel Ligure5 Rue Jean JaurèsHotel-
Hôtel PLM3, rue HocheHotel76
Modern Waikiki Hotel11 rue des SerbesHotel90
Hotel Festival3 Rue MoliéreHotel-
Eden Paradise HotelImpasse des hameaux de beausol Golfe Juan Hotel88
Azurene Royal Hotel28 Rue du Commandant AndréHotel-
Hotel Neptune92, Avenue Francis TonnerHotel76
Résidence Maupassant8 rue de la verrerieGuesthouse-
Villa Danielle36 Avenue Maréchal GallieniAPARTMENT-
The Claremont Hotel13 Rue Du Vingt-Quatre AoûtHOTEL-
Appart Hotel Odalys Les Félibriges91-93, rue Georges ClemenceauAPARTMENT81
Hotel Amiraute17 Rue Maréchal FochHOTEL-
Hotel Bellevue47 Avenue de GrasseHOTEL81
Loft Lycklama17, rue de LycklamaApartment-
Hotel Abrial24 Boulevard de LorraineHOTEL-
Des Congrès et Festivals12 Rue TeisseireHOTEL-
Hotel Lutetia6 rue Michel AngeHOTEL-
Hotel de France85 rue d'AntibesHOTEL-
ExcelSuites Résidence93 boulevard CarnotAPARTMENT-

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Keep Connected

Internet

France is one of the best connected countries in the world, with data speed for upload/download ranked among the top 5 in the world. Most hotels and hostels would have in-house facilities to provide free internet access. Many major cities also have initiatives put in place to provide free wi-fi connection in public spaces. Alternatively there are internet cafés available in most cities/towns at a reasonable rate. Some private businesses, such as local cafés (or even the Starbuck's chain), may also provide wi-fi connectivity - keep an eye out for the signs by the shop windows/doors. Also look for the @ symbol prominently displayed, which indicates internet availability. However, with most homes now wired for the internet, cyber cafés are increasingly hard to find, especially outside the major cities.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To dial an international number from France, the IDD is 00, followed by the country code that you wish to dial, the area code and the phone number.
To call France from abroad, start with the international direct dialing (IDD) code from the country you're in, followed by French country code 33, the area code (drop the first zero in front of the area code), and the phone number. French telephone numbers are rarely given without the area code. The telephone number, including the area code, is made up of 10 digits. They are written in a set of 5 pairs of digits (i.e. 01 xx xx xx xx xx).
In France, the area code designations are: 01 - Paris Area ("Région Ile-de-France"), 02 - northwest, 03 - northeast, 04 - southeast, 05 - southwest, 06 - mobile phone providers. From 2010 onwards, 07 will also be assigned to mobile phone providers in order to cater for the surging demands for mobile phones.

Emergency numbers are 15 (medical aid), 17 (police station) and 18 (fire/rescue). You can also use the European emergency number 112 (perhaps a better choice if you don't speak French). These calls are free and accessible from virtually any phone, including locked cellphones.

France uses the GSM standard of cellular phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands) used in most of the world outside of the U.S. There are several companies (Orange, SFR, Free, Bouygues Télécom and some others MVNOs like Virgin Mobile) offering wireless service. The country is almost totally covered but you may have difficulties using your mobile phone in rural or mountainous areas. If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Then incoming calls and SMSes are free.

Post

La Poste in France is also referred to as the PTT (short for postes, télégraphes et téléphones). The mailboxes are painted bright yellow and often there is a slot for local city mail and another slot for "outside mail". Normally there is a queue in the post office, but most of the post offices have the self service machine installed which is quite easy to operate. Nowadays many of the tabac and even some of the souvenir shops also sell postage stamps. Normally an overseas postcard costs almost as much as sending a letter. Mails sent in France also have a zip code. The first two numbers represent the administrative department (e.g. in Paris' case that would be 75).

Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Apart from the basic job of mailing letters, most of the post offices do some banking activities also and some even have photocopy machines and cyber cafes for internet access.

For international package services, you might also check options with companies like DHL, UPS or TNT, which have competitive services and prices and might be faster in most cases.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 43.5508716
  • Longitude: 7.0105936

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