Cannes Landmarks and Monuments
(Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France)
Tourists will find many historical landmarks, buildings, monuments and places of interest are located in Le Suquet, the old town district of Cannes. Boat trips to religious monuments situated on the nearby islands of Lérins are also worth including in any visitor's itinerary.
A walk around the island will take hardly any time at all and visitors can spend the rest of the time until the next boat back to Cannes exploring the fort, chapel and cloisters, or just soaking up the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful island. Cannes' most worthy landmarks are explained in more detail below.
Address: Rade de Cannes, Cannes, France, FR
This is a favourite place for both visitors to Cannes and locals, and is a notable local landmark. Created during the 19th century, this popular promenade runs for several kilometres and is bordered by the clear blue Mediterranean and Lérins Islands on the one side and palm trees and grand hotels on the other. There can't be a more appealing spot to simply watch the world go by.
Open hours: daily
Abbaye Notre Dame de Lérins
Address: Ile Saint Honorat, BP 157, Cannes, F-06406, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 9299 5400
Located on Ile Saint Honorat, the 3rd-century Abbaye Notre Dame de Lérins is thought to be one of the oldest Christian monasteries in existence today. Its peaceful island setting, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Cannes life, gives the monastery a real feeling of tranquillity. An order of Cistercian monks still lives here today. Whilst some parts of the monastery are closed to the general public, the abbey church remains open for members of the public who wish to join Mass and prayer services. The second of the two Lérins Islands is Ile Sainte Marguerite. Both islands can be accessed by boats which depart from Cannes regularly throughout the day.
Open hours: daily, for Mass and prayer services
Notre Dame d'Esperance
Address: Place de la Castre, Cannes, F-06400, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 9339 1749
This 17th-century Provencal Gothic church is best noted for its fine wood panelling and a collection of 19th-century paintings. Situated on top of Le Suquet Hill, it's worth taking some time to admire the wonderful views of Cannes and its bay. Saint Notre Dame d'Esperence is traditionally called upon by local fishermen to heal the sick.
Open hours: daily, summer - 09:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 19:00; winter - 09:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:30
St. Michel Archange Church
Built in the Russian tradition at the end of the 19th century, St. Michel Archange Church has a traditional onion dome and a rather magnificent tile roof.
Open hours: daily
Le Grand Jas Cemetery
It's worth taking a stroll around Le Grand Jas, which is reputed to be the largest cemetery in the South of France. As well as some ornate stonework, visitors may also spot the mausoleums of some well-known former Cannes' inhabitants, including Louis Pasteur and Picasso's first wife, Olga Khoklova.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 19:00