Cannes Town, France

Cannes Vieux Port super yachts and super cars, French Riviera, France

Super yachts and super cars in the Vieux Port of Cannes town.

Super yachts dock near the casino in Cannes town and anyone can wander in wonder at the jaw-dropping glitz. Those who enjoy this harmless pastime should also head for Monaco’s Port Hercule, Antibes Port or Nice Port. Ferries to the Lérins Islands stop on the other (west) side of the port at Quai Laubeuf.

A picture-map of the old port area of Cannes, France

A pictorial map of central Cannes with narrow west side beaches out of the picture on the left and Boulevard de la Croisette out of the picture to the right.

Cannes town: main streets

Rue d’Antibes

Rue d'Antibes, Cannes, France

Less glitzy externally Rue d’Antibes is the fashion shopping street in Cannes, if you ignore the branded silliness along part of  La Croisette.

At the top (east) end Rue d’Antibes has a good value, conveniently located underground car park called Lamy where we parked to see the 10pm fireworks, having failed to find a train on our previous visit.

Rue Felix Faure

Rue Felix Faure on Cannes liberation day, August 24, and a procession of WW2 American vehicles are driven victoriously around Cannes by French collectors.

Rue Felix Faure on Cannes liberation day, August 24, and a procession of WW2 American vehicles are driven victoriously around Cannes by French collectors. This was immediately outside the delightful little 3-screen Cinema des Arcades which shows English language movies.

Cannes centre view, Rue Felix Faure, France

Rue Felix Faure with remote-controlled boat pond, McDonalds on the left, Les Arcades cinema behind the statue and boule courts adjacent.

At the west end of Rue d’Antibes the name changes to Rue Felix Faure and embraces attractions such as boule courts, bandstand and an occasional market; reasonably priced restaurants including a McDonalds; a small triplex cinema called Les Arcades showing movies in VO (Version Originale, i. e. English in most cases); visit Le Vieux Port where the real – though smallish – super yachts hang their bollards and tourists can gawp at the extravagance or catch a ferry to the Lérins Islands, just 15 minutes away; the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall); walk up to the best, panoramic viewpoint in the town, Le Suquet hill, a must do. And don’t forget the incredible fireworks during July-August.

Cannes town Bus Station

Cannes Bus Station mural, French Riviera, France

The station is just west of the port, near Le Suquet hill, and the magnificent mural is well worth  a visit!

Cannes town Festival Hall

Cannes Festival Hall, France

Cannes’ Festival Hall – Palais des Festivals et des Congrés – out of season.

Well, we had to include this overblown modernist horror squatting at the start of Blvd de la Croisette between the old port of the best beaches. Tourists just have to have their photos taken on the red carpet.

Away from the coast the city is barely interesting, a hugga-mugga of tortuous streets and hideous apartment buildings but does offer some inexpensive eateries and occasional flashes of style. The most stylish area away from the shore is Le Suquet hill, where the serpentine streets of the Old Town host a mass of little cafés and restaurants and the view at the top is panoramic.