Sport in Cannes
Home not just only to the world famous Cannes Film Festival, but also fifth division side AS Cannes, who play at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin. Cannes last played in Ligue 1 in the 1997-1998 season, and has seen the making of French internationals Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira, Johan Micoud, Gaël Clichy, Sébastien Frey and Jonathan Zebina.
The annual French Riviera Marathon (November) also finishes in Cannes, with showjumping’s Global Champions Tour (June) also holding an event in the town.
What to do in Cannes
Cannes is famed for its sandy beaches, although the majority are fee paying. The historic quarter is Le Suquet, with steep alleyways and wonderful views of the Baie de Cannes from the top of the hill.
20 minutes away by boat, the islands of Îles de Lerins is made up of Île Sainte-Marguerite (where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned in the 17th century) and Île Saint-Honorat (home to Cistercian monks).
Where to stay in Cannes
Travelling to Cannes
Airport – Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is the closest airport to Cannes, being located approximately 24km west. The airport is the third busiest in France, offering flights to a number of different destinations.
Train – Gare de Cannes offers regular services to major French cities such as Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris and Toulouse, as well as Monaco, Genoa (Italy) and Milan (Italy).