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Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival)

In 1939 the French government chose Cannes as the suitably sunny location for its inaugural Film Festival. From what was originally an opportunity for wealthy tourists to rub shoulders with movie stars at glittering parties, the event has grown to become probably the most prestigious film festival in the world. It is also the main annual rendezvous for all members of the movie industry. As well as screening world premieres of the year's biggest films, the festival includes master classes, tributes and exhibitions honouring stars of the silver screen past and present. Only journalists and those working in the film business are allowed to attend the event, but the presence of so many stars in town always attracts thousands of visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the rich and famous.


Date: 23 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
Venue: Palais des Festivals

Christmas Market

The weather here might be decidedly warm for Santa Claus, but Cannes does its best to bring a bit of festive cheer to the Côte d’Azur with the annual Christmas market. Stalls sell a variety of local crafts and produce, and there are plenty of performances and illuminations throughout the city.

Date: 01 December 2019 - 31 December 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: promenade Pantiéro and throughout Cannes.


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Featured Hotels


Hôtel Martinez

Situated on La Croisette, the 5-star Hôtel Martinez is one of the Riviera's grand palaces. Guests can take advantage of the private beach, swimming pool and spa while staying in the palatial apartments or well-appointed rooms. Its Michelin-starred restaurant, La Palme d'Or, has a reputation for exceptional cuisine.

Le Mistral

This 2-star hotel offers 10 rooms on three floors just a minute's walk from the Palais des Festivals and rue d'Antibes. The interior design is modern and stylish, and art works are usually on display. The rooms are soundproofed and air-conditioned and feature free Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs.

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Old-world charm and modern convenience combine to great effect at the Carlton. The hotel has 343 rooms, including 39 suites, and there are two restaurants, two bars and a health club on the premises. The grande dame of La Croisette overlooks the Mediterranean and has its own private beach.

Hôtel Alnea

A basic, comfortable hotel located only a minute's walk from the Palais des Festivals and a short stroll from the Croisette beaches. The rooms are air-conditioned and soundproofed and come with flatscreen TVs and free Wi-Fi. It's a good cheap option with great service and some colourful paint schemes.

Hôtel Le Cavendish

Formerly the home of Lord Cavendish, the British aristocrat who discovered hydrogen, this belle époque building is a charming hotel just north of the railway station. All 34 rooms are serenely elegant, but try to get one in the rotunda. And make time for the free aperitifs every evening.

Hotel Novotel Suites Cannes Centre

The Novotel offers good-value rack rates and some of the best online specials in Cannes. This swish, modern, all-suite hotel is only a 10-minute walk from the railway station but still delivers spacious rooms that all have microwaves and kettles, as well as large working spaces and flatscreen TVs.