The International Film Festival is at the end of May, and everyone who is anyone, or wants to be anyone, is in Cannes. If you are planning a holiday to this luxurious French city in May, be sure to book your flights to Cannes well in advance as prices increase and flights book up fast. Many of the festival’s activities are closed to most visitors lining up along “the bunker” to watch the parade of celebrities.
Summer is also very busy when students as well as celebrities comes to play and the accommodation prices and flights to Cannes are inflated.
Cannes is hectic year-round except for the month of November, which is very quiet. For milder weather and fewer crowds, April to May (except the end of May) and October are good times to visit and benefit from cheap flights to Cannes. Business travellers also frequent the area in the off season.
The jewel in the already glittering crown of the Cote D’Azur, Cannes is a luxury resort that attracts movie stars and the high society – and those wishing to spot them. A top resort since the 19th century, when the British aristocracy first started holidaying here, to this day Cannes is the first spot travellers want to see when visiting the French Riviera. Its landscape is beautiful: the beachfront and promenade are in typically classy French style. And due to its location at the very foot of France, the weather remains hot here throughout the year. But the main reason most tourists book flights to Cannes is because of its annual film festival, and the accompanying stars who arrive and holiday here.
Away from the festival, there is still plenty to see and do in the city. Most tourists arriving in Cannes want to visit the sandy beaches, promenade through the town’s streets and take in some shopping. The restaurants here are also impressive and the nightclubs and bars stay open until the early hours.
Between the Mediterranean and the mountains, Cannes has a hot, dry climate. Spring and autumn are warm with temperatures in the mid and upper teens Celsius. Summer can be uncomfortable with temperatures reaching 32 degrees from June to September. Winter is mild with high temperatures about 15 degrees or so. When it rains, it rains a lot but not for long.
Cannes is a walking city and is best explored on foot. Buses can either be structured and expensive or informal and irregular. Tourists often take bus 8, as it runs along the coast toward La Croisette while stopping at the major attractions. If you’ve done your research, you can flag down an Elo Bus; just know that it has no permanent stops. You can also take advantage of Cannes’ gorgeous seaside scenery by taking a boat up and down the coast or weave through some of the islands. There are shuttle buses between Sainte Marguerite and Saint Honorat and many tourists rent canoes or yachts. If you’re splurging, you can rent an entire crew to set off on a bigger boat…
Flights to Cannes are served by two airports, Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (NCE) situated 15 miles (24 km) from Cannes and Cannes – Mandelieu Airport (CEQ), which is located 3 miles (5 km) west of Cannes.