The first people noticing the glorious bay and sandy beaches of Cannes were the British and French nobles who started to build their summer residences in the early 1830’s back when the city was only known for being a tiny fishing village. Since then, the small city in the south of France started to become a „meeting place for the Wealthy and Beautiful“. Today, Cannes is mostly known for the annual Cannes Film Festival which was first held in September 1946. Cannes enjoys a Mediterranean climate through the whole year and is the 6th largest city on the Côte d’Azur with around 74,285 inhabitants.
|City Tax||EUR 1.80|
|Climate in winter||max. 15°|
|Electricity||220-240 V AC|
|Banks||09:00-12:00 & 14:00-17:00|
|Time Zone||CET (GMT+1)|
Banks, Credit Cards & ATM’s
The banks in Cannes are generally open from Monday to Friday between 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00. There are a few branches that open on Saturday as well between 09:00-12:00.
Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. American Express is mostly accepted at higher-end establishments only.
Most ATMs are located in the city center and around Cannes Gare (SNCF). There is no ATM at the hotel venue.
Churches, Synagogues, Mosques
In Cannes all religions are allowed and practiced by many citizens. Please contact your hotel concierge for current times of services or nearby churches.
There is a city tax in Cannes, also known as tourist tax, to be paid at the end of your stay directly at the hotel. The local tax is EUR 1.80 per person per day.
Due to its location at the Cote d´Azure, Cannes enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 18ºC with warm summers and fairly mild winters, rarely below 10ºC. There is only light rainfall throughout the year with a maximum of 9 days of rain per month – mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring.
The official currency in France is Euro (€). You can exchange your currency in exchange offices (the vast majority of banks do not do exchange money). When you are exchanging your currency, you need your passport or official ID card. If you do not have it with you, the bank may refuse to exchange your currency.
Standard electrical voltage in Cannes is 220-240 V AC, 50 Hz. In France the power sockets are type E, it also works with plug C and plug F if it has an additional pinhole. Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor for the two-pin sockets in use in France. Adapters are available in hardware stores (i.e. in the city centre at DARTY, MONOPRIX).
There are different museums in Cannes. For prices and opening hours please refer to the hotel reception or any tourist information. Some museums and galleries are closed on Monday.
Some of the best-known places in Cannes are the streets on the French Riviera “La Croisette” and “Rue d’Antibes”. In close proximity is the old town, Le Suquet, the original fishing village in Cannes, which is located on a hillside area and has a beautiful view of the bay. On the hill you can find an 11th century old watchtower, Tour du Mont Chevalier and the Notre-Dame de l’Espérance, an 16th century church and a panoramic view over the city and the bay. Other well-known attractions of Cannes are the islands of Lérins (2 islands located 15 min boat trip in the bay). On St. Marguerite you can visit the Royal Fort (that was the prison for 11 years of the famous Man in the iron mask) and on St. Honorat, the famous monastery, and the “Monastere Fortifié” that was built in the 11th century. Both islands have paths and hiking roads and offer beautiful “nature” parenthesis.
The city buses (Palm Bus) have a wide network all over the city. The bus services in Cannes start around 07:00 and on the Express lines around 06:00 and end around 20:00. Then follows the night bus service, which ends around 02:00-03:00. There are 5 night buses combining several day lines. You can consult and plan your trip within the city, from a starting point to your destination, on the Palm Bus website.
For the current time schedule, please visit this website.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Most restaurants, pubs and bars are located on the shore or in close proximity and offer a beautiful view and atmosphere for the visitors. The restaurants are normally open for lunch from 12:00 to 15:00 and/or for dinner from 19:00 to 23:00. Some may open for breakfast as well, from 08:00 to 10:00. Bars and nightclubs usually open from 20:00 until 05:00.
Safety Tips / Pick-pockets
As in each tourist hotspot – we recommend carrying your wallets in closed/zipped bags and keeping an eye on your bag when standing/walking in crowded areas, packed bus stations, etc. Do not carry all cash money, credit card and ID documents all together in one bag/pocket. Don’t put phones, cameras etc. on tables at cafés and keep your belongings always on your lap. Be wary of strangers approaching or touching you and do not play any street games.
The main emergency numbers are:
European Emergency call: 112
Police: 17 (Local Police)
Fire Department: 18
Cannes is a small city with a rather compact center where the shopping areas are located. The long main street Rue d‘Antibes and La Croisette are the best known places to shop in town. Most shops are open between 10:00 to 19:00 from Monday to Saturday. Some of them also open on Sunday.
Sale: Winter sales begin generally in the second week of January and go on for approx. 5 weeks.
Taxes and Tipping
VAT (TVA in France) is always included in the price presented to the customers/guests in shops, hotels, restaurants and other service providers. Non-EU citizens can claim back their VAT when leaving the country. Refunds are only available for goods that you are carrying with you on your way out, and when the total bill exceeds EUR 175.00 in one purchase in the same shop on the same day. To claim the refunds, make sure to obtain a TVA receipt from the shop and present it to the VAT Refund desk at the airport.
Tipping is not mandatory, but a small gratuity (5-10%) is expected in restaurants if good service is received.
For more detailed instructions, please visit this website.
Phone: +33 4 93 992 727
Cannes is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET), i.e. one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).
All foreign visitors entering France must possess valid passports. For citizen from the European Union Member countries, a valid identity card is sufficient.
Please check the current Visa requirements with the nearest French consulate/embassy in your country before your departure to France.