City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Cannes

Perhaps one of the best-known cities in France, Cannes is also one of the world's busiest and most famous tourist destinations, in large part, for the annual Cannes Film Festival. The Mediterranean resort is also renowned for a multitude of luxury shops, fancy restaurants, prestigious hotels, a castle and lovely parks. The local beaches, choice of outdoor activities, island tours, and a surplus of attractions have been the draw for tourists here for years. Take this orientation walk and see some of most popular attractions of Cannes.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: France » Cannes (See other walking tours in Cannes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: Helen
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Le Suquet

1) Le Suquet

The beautiful old town of Cannes is le Suquet which is built on the site of a Roman military camp. The buildings have features of medieval style and rich in their architectural design. The town is very beautiful and attractive because it is the highest point in Cannes where lies the remains of the fortified tower and the 12th century Chapel of St. Anne. Tourists have a great opportunity to see and admire the beach of La Croisette, its restaurants and cafes.
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Notre Dame d'Esperance

2) Notre Dame d'Esperance (must see)

Located on top of Suquet Hill in old Cannes, this church is not only a sight to be seen, it also offers a fabulous view of the city and the bay. The church was built in the 14th and 15th centuries, featuring a Provencial Gothic style with wood paneling. Besides the architectural features, the church also contains a great collection of 19th century paintings, including a fresco by George Roux portraying the baptism of Christ.
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Musee de la Castre

3) Musee de la Castre (must see)

Musee de la Castre is located on the hills of Suquet, in a medieval castle built in the 12th century by Lerins monks. The museum started with the private collection of Baron Lycklama, donated to the city in 1877. Today it strives to promote world art and showcases an impressive collection of artifacts from all around the world. Chapel of St. Anne (a 12th century tower) is part of the museum and displays an outstanding collection of musical instruments, as well as offering an incredible view of the city of Cannes.

Operation hours: September, April - June: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm (until 9 pm on Wednesday);
October - March: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm;
July - August: Monday - Sunday 10 am - 7 pm.
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Tour du Masque

4) Tour du Masque (must see)

This 12th century tower, located in the old town, takes its name from the famed 12th century Man in the Iron Mask. It is said that he spent his last days in the tower after escaping the Bastille on Sainte-Marguerite island, and that his ghost haunts the tower to this day.
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Old Port

5) Old Port

Below the hill of the old town, to the east, lies Old Port, also known as Vieux Port. A true playground for the rich and famous, it is usually packed with hundreds of big, beautiful yachts. Access is free and if you are lucky you may even get invited onto one of these floating mansions.
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Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

6) Palais des Festivals et des Congrès (must see)

The first Palais des Festivals et des Congrès was built in 1949 to host the Cannes Film Festival. The original building was located on the boulevard of Promenade de la Croisette on the present site of the JW Marriott Cannes. In response to the growing success of the Festival and the advent of the first business conventions the City of Cannes decided to build a new Palais in 1979.

The new building, designed by the architects Bennett & Druet and constructed on the site of the municipal Casino, opened in December 1982 and expanded in 1999 with the construction of the Espace Riviera, a new space of 10,000 square meters. Today, the Palais des Festivals has an overall space capacity of 25,000 square meters for exhibitions, which is used for exhibitions, as well as numerous rooms and 18 auditoriums. It hosted the 4th and 6th Eurovision Song Contests in 1959 and 1961.

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Notre Dame de Bon Voyage

7) Notre Dame de Bon Voyage (must see)

Just in front of the Palais des Festivals, on Merimee Square, stands the largest and most valuable church in Cannes. It was built in 1865 in place of an older church by the same name and designed by Vianay Laurent in a faux Gothic style. The main entrance and portal above it, designed by ceramist and artist Roger Capron, makes the church truly unique.
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La Croisette

8) La Croisette (must see)

La Croisette is the main tourist attraction in Cannes known for its picturesque beaches studded with world-class resorts, restaurants, cafes and boutiques. La Croisette is bordered by a beautiful sandy beach and beyond the beach is the twinkling blue Mediterranean, with its elegant yachts moored in the bay. In May, film celebrities from around add more glamour to the expensive private beaches of La Croisette, offering great place for people watching.
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La Malmaison

9) La Malmaison (must see)

Built in 1863 as part of the Grand Hotel by architects Vianey and Blondel, this is the last remaining part of the original ensemble. In 1945 it hosted the first painting exhibition organized by Aimé Maeght, opened as an exhibition area in 1983 and was renovated in 1993. La Malmaison now hosts exhibitions of contemporary art, often displaying the works of Matisse, Ozenfant and Picasso. The museum's beautiful garden is often used for exhibitions and is a sight well worth seeing.
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Galerie du Carlton

10) Galerie du Carlton (must see)

Galerie du Carlton both sells and acquires artwork, regularly showcasing such artists as Renoir, Chagall, Matisse and Picasso. Paintings are not the only things you will find here, it displays sculptures and glassware as well. Galerie du Carlton is located next to the Carlton Hotel.
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Eglise Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Michel-Archangel

11) Eglise Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Michel-Archangel (must see)

Built in 1894 by Russian aristocrats living in Cannes to meet the spiritual needs of the Orthodox community, Eglise Orthodoxe Russe St-Michel-Archangel stands out in Cannes. It has a distinctive look thanks to its blue onion-shaped dome, three prominent gold crosses and an overall classic Russian design.
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Square Du 8 Mai 1945

12) Square Du 8 Mai 1945

Square overlooking the harbor Pierre Canto and offering a magnificent view of the bay of Cannes, this garden is baptized since 1972 "square of 8-May-1945"
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Walking Tours in Cannes, France

Create Your Own Walk in Cannes

Create Your Own Walk in Cannes

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cannes is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Buildings of Cannes Walking Tour

Religious Buildings of Cannes Walking Tour

Cannes is not particularly famous for its religious side, however it does feature a good number of beautiful churches with impressive architecture. Take this self-guided tour to discover some of the most notable religious places in town.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Le Suquet, Cannes - The Old Town

Le Suquet, Cannes - The Old Town

Initially a Roman camp, Le Suquet is Cannes' old town quarter and the original site of the city. With its medieval buildings and a castle on top of the hill, it offers an incredible contrast to the glamor of La Croisette. Take this tour to experience a bit of Provencial history.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Walk the Catwalk: A Stroll Down the French Riviera

Walk the Catwalk: A Stroll Down the French Riviera

Cannes is best known as the home of the Cannes Film Festival, but it is also the home of the French Riviera. Formally known as Boulevard de La Croisette, it stretches along the Mediterranean shore, with sandy beaches on one side and magnificent hotels, nightclubs and exquisite shops on the other. Take the following tour and experience the catwalk for yourself.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
French Riviera Shopping Tour

French Riviera Shopping Tour

The French Riviera is filled with luxury stores catering to the rich and famous. Primarily concentrated on La Croisette, these stores are true eye-candy for anyone appreciative of style and beauty. Take this tour to enjoy the way of luxury firsthand.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km