The Ultimate Cannes Guide
7 tips to get a full-blown Cannes experience!
Perhaps it is the fantastic beach walk (Boulevard de la Croisette), the extravagant hotels or the over the top-parties that has lingered celebrities to visit this French pearl time and time again. The city that has hosted the glamorous film festival since 1946 offers plenty of things to do and see. And let us clarify something straightaway – you do not need to be a millionaire to enjoy the French Riviera. It helps, but it is not in any means necessary. We are Nodes have spent months and months in this French gem, and here are our best tips for a full-blown Cannes experience!
Baoli Beach Club
The first thing you need to learn in order to avoid confusion is that there are two Baolis in Cannes: Le Bâoli Club, a nightclub located in the end of the La Croisette, and Bâoli Beach Club, located in the heart of the La Croisette, naturally next to the beach. This is where you want to spend your lazy beach days! Bâoli Beach Club is one of Cannes top daytime hot spots, so if you are planning to spend a full day here, we suggest you go all in. Start off by renting sun beds and an umbrella (do not forget to bring sun screen), because this is going to be a long day! Order in some cooled Rosé wine and share a plate of amazing sushi or fruit salad. Bâoli Beach Club is pricy, but the atmosphere, lounge music and crowd definitely makes it worth a visit.
Bâoli Beach Yearly Highlight – Remember the Coulisses/Fete de la Musique-party
If you happen to be in Cannes in June, make sure to attend Baoli Beach’s yearly Fete de la Musique-party (previously called Remember the coulisses party), the epic beach party that kicks off the festive summer season. The fact is, We are Nodes accidentally ended up at this party a couple of years ago, and it was this specific event that made us fall in love with the city!
Address: 50 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes
Phone: +33 4 93 99 49 26
The best public beach in Cannes
Spending every day at beach clubs like Bâoli can get quite expensive, so why not take advantage of Cannes public beaches for no cost at all. However, do not make the mistake of choosing the La Croisette beach. The best public beach in Cannes is located on the other side of the Croisette Boulevard, behind the Old Town (Le Suquet) and close to the Port in Cannes. It is a 10-15 minute walk from the city center. If you have troubles finding, just ask for Radisson Blu (the hotel has got an awesome rooftop terrace, btw!) and you will find the beach in front of the hotel.
Address: Boulevard du Midi Jean Hibert
Ice coffee at Armani Caffé
Armani Caffé, located on Boulevard de la Croisette, is the perfect spot to sneak into when you want to take a break from your shopping. The Armani store has an elegant patio, partly shaded (super appreciated during hot and sweaty summer days!), where they offer food, snacks, drinks, fresh juices and hot beverages. We are Nodes recommends the iced coffee – it is to die for!
Address: 42/43 Boulevard de la Croisette
Phone: +33 04 93 99 44 05
Champagne Breakfast at Carlton Hotel
Not everyone can afford paying 7056 euro per night for the Suite Executive with ocean view at 5-star luxury hotel InterContinental Carlton Cannes. 42 euro for their Champagne breakfast is much more reasonable – and a fantastic way to experience the renowned hotel that had legendary guests like Sean Connery, Sean Penn, Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly (the hotel also offers extraordinary, but expensive, suites named after the movie stars).
The breakfast itself is nothing too remarkable, but the chilled Champagne in combination with the luxurious setting at the most prestigious hotel in Cannes makes the breakfast experience worth its price.
Fun trivia: Did you know that Carlton Hotel was the target of a massive jewel theft in 2013, where robbers came across jewels worth $136 million.
Address: 58 Boulevard la Croisette, CS 40052, Cannes
Phone: +33 (0)4 93 06 40 06
Website: Official page: http://www.intercontinental-carlton-cannes.com/
Restaurant/Breakfast info: http://www.intercontinental-carlton-cannes.com/en/your-stay-in-cannes/carlton-restaurant/
As it is most known for its glitz and glamour, it is easy to forget that Cannes also offers a lot of interesting history. A great day excursion to escape the vibrant pulse in Cannes is to take the ferry over to Ile Sainte-Marguerite (one of several islands belonging to the Iles de Lérins island group). Walk around this little island where the ‘Man in the Iron Mask’ was once held prisoner – you can even visit his actual cell at Fort Royal!
The trip from Cannes does not take more than 20 minutes and costs only a few Euros. Tickets are bought in ticket stores close to the Port. Do not forget to buy your ticket in advance, during high season the boats tend to get full.Website for ferry tickets: http://www.trans-cote-azur.co.uk/cannes-ile-sainte-marguerite.php
Gotha Club and Le Bâoli– A little party ain’t killed nobody
Where’s the party at, you wonder? It is at Gotha Club and Le Bâoli, the two biggest nightclubs in Cannes. During high seasons these hot spots are packed with famous celebrities and enthusiastic tourists from all over the world. International artists and DJ’s are performing almost every evening, so keep an eye on the event schedule (most easily done by following the club’s Facebook pages) since some nights one club is ‘the place to be’, while the other is more or less empty.
And let us be honest here; being a girl or reserving a drink table helps the nightclub experience. Most clubs charge an entrance fee which varies depending how well-known the artist performing is, and a drink costs around 20-25 euros. The clubs in Cannes are not the cheapest, but they have without doubt given us some of our craziest and best nights. There is just something special with the party vibe in Cannes.
It’s party time at Le Bâoli!
High season nights at Gotha Club.
Address Le Bâoli: Port Pierre Canto, Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes
Address Gotha Club: Place Franklin Roosevelt, 06400 Cannes
Boat life in Cannes
“You spend time on land, you live life on water”
Boat life is always fun, and there is no better way to experience the French Riviera than on water. Bring a bunch of snacks (the French’s love their classic baguettes, cheeses, Prosciuttos), wine, Champagne and other beverages (but hey, remember to drink responsibly!). Prepare the ultimate Spotify list and you are all set! There are services on the sea of course – taxi boats to take you to the adjacent beach clubs or service boats from where you can buy coffee or ice-cream.
How do you throw the perfect Yacht party? There is a saying that explains it pretty well: One’s a company, two’s a crowd and three’s a party. Meet up with likeminded people on other boats, set anchor and join (party) forces in a mutual boat party until the sun goes down!
When, or if, you have had enough of partying, swimming and tanning, it is time to head for food at Marco Polo Beach. We love love love this cozy and relaxed beach restaurant, suitable for both families and leisure travelers! The restaurant is located right next to the beach, which makes it possible to moor the boat at their pier.
We are Nodes recommends the amazing seafood risotto that still makes us drool.
Address: 47, avenue de Lerins, 06590 Théoule-sur-Mer (read more about how to get here if you do not have a boat on this page)
Phone: +33 (4) 93499659
Cannes, we will be back soon!
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Cannes is of course also featured in Yasmin’s Travel Q&A, read more here:
Travel Q&A with Yasmin from We are Nodes