City Orientation Walk, Cannes (Self Guided)

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
Author: Helen
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.
Musée de la Castre

2) Musée de la Castre (must see)

The Castre Museum is a beautiful museum that is situated in the 12th century chapel of St Anne atop. It displays 19th century paintings by local artists depicting beautiful images of the country. The Castre Museum also has a good collection of different musical instruments, some sections on ethnography, sculptures and decorative arts. The museum includes antiquities from the Pacific islands, Southeast Asia, South America, and Mayan civilizations.
Notre Dame d'Esperance

3) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 0.6 km
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: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 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: 0.8 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: 1.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Cannes for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Cannes has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cannes, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.