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The most Instagrammable spots in Cannes

Here is a selection of the most Instagrammable places in Cannes. It’s a journey composed of ultra photogenic places that deserve a photo stop and that will surely seduce followers and instagrammers. Of course there are many others… It’s up to you to reveal them.


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The Suquet

from the old port

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In its early days, Cannes was a simple fishing village. The Old Port and its Quai Saint-Pierre, inaugurated in 1838, are an emblematic place in the Cannes landscape. The inhabitants meet there to celebrate the summer. Located at the foot of the historic district, this place allows you to photograph the whole of the old town, its colourful facades, its castle and sometimes even the old dinghies in the port.

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slpcannes: “At sunset because the light is exceptional.”

Gilles Traverso: “More at sunset, with clouds and reflections.”

monsport06: “This spot is ideal in the morning, when the soft light illuminates the Suquet and the water is oily and makes a mirror. It’s also good at dusk when the lights are on.”

The turquoise waters

between the Lérins Islands

In an idyllic setting of unspoilt nature, these two islands in the Mediterranean offer a unique collection of flora and fauna as well as a singular history mixing the mysteries of the Iron Mask with the tranquillity of Cistercian monks. The turquoise waters that surround them are of great beauty!

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slpcannes: “The best time is between 11am and 2pm as the sun is at its peak and the light blue background between the islands is best.

Gilles Traverso: “For the islands, take the first boat, there are fewer people. The morning light and the calmness of the water bring out the paradisiacal side and the limpidity of the sea.”

monsport06: “Choose a sunny day, get some height if possible or go on or in the water.”

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The alley of the Monastery of Saint-Honorat Island

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Just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of Cannes, the Saint-Honorat Island awaits you for an extraordinary experience. Calm and beauty, nature and spirituality, this jewel in the bay of Cannes lives to the peaceful rhythm of the Cistercian community, renowned since the Middle Ages.

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slpcannes: “It’s a magical place, spring is the best time to take pictures of this alley because everything is in bloom.”

Gilles Traverso: “Very early in the morning, when the soft light adds to the peacefulness of the place.”

monsport06: “From spring on, the flowers make this place very photogenic. Best in the late afternoon to have the light at your back and softer.”

The Croisette

The mythical Croisette promenade runs for three kilometres along the bay of Cannes, from the Palais des Festivals to the Pointe Croisette. Since the 19th century, this part of the coastline has been famous for its chic walkers and beautiful villas. It became definitely famous thanks to the Cannes Festival. Today, the villas have mostly given way to luxury buildings, palaces and luxury shops. The Croisette can be photographed from all angles.

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slpcannes: “Sunsets on the Croisette make for beautiful photos, if you combine them with the palaces and the famous palm trees.”

Gilles Traverso: “During the day, don’t hesitate to play with the facades of the palaces and the reflections on the luxury cars.”

monsport06: “Early in the morning you will have good light and few people.

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The Suquet

and its picturesque streets

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The Suquet is the cradle of the city, the oldest district where Provencal charm and village authenticity come together. Its colourful facades and narrow cobbled streets give it a warm and picturesque Provencal air. Photogenic, they light up in June, July and August with their bougainvillea and flowering balconies.

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slpcannes: “I recommend the stairs of the tower between June and July because there is an exceptional bougainvillea.”

Gilles Traverso: “In the morning, to bring out the old stones, the contrast between the ochre and a metallic blue sky.”

monsport06: “The wisteria under the Museum of World Explorations in spring is superb. Then the flowers and bougainvillea take over and it’s a treat. The façade on rue Coste Corail and the bougainvillea on rue Traverse de la Tour are sumptuous in summer.”

The famous steps of the Palais des Festivals

Known worldwide for hosting the Cannes Film Festival in May, the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes has become one of the world’s most famous convention and event centres. All visitors flock to take pictures on its famous red carpet and 24 steps.

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slpcannes: “It’s the most popular photo for photographers because it’s mythical, you can photograph it all year round.”

Gilles Traverso: “All day long, the hardest thing is to avoid other people’s photos.”

monsport06: “Coming there early in the morning to have the steps to yourself and time to think about your composition.”

The view from the Place de la Castre

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Located on the heights of the old Cannes (The Suquet district), in the remains of the former monks’ castle, the Place de la Castre and its museum overlook the Croisette, the bay and the Lérins islands. The square offers a sumptuous view at nightfall with the evening lighting.

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slpcannes: “A must-see for us photographers, the best moments are in the morning at sunrise and sunset as the lights are reflected on the sea with the port and the Palais des Festivals in the foreground.”

Gilles Traverso: “In the late afternoon, at sunset, the shades of the sky and sea change.”

monsport06 : “For the most motivated, it is a good spot for sunrises. Otherwise prefer the late afternoon (not too late either otherwise the Suquet is in the shade :)) for a good light exposure on the city.”

The traditional Forville market

Located at the foot of the Suquet hill, the Forville market is the real popular and historic heart of Cannes. It welcomes market gardeners, fishermen and other local producers, and invites visitors on a gourmet journey. Many terraces surround it. The atmosphere is friendly and warm.

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slpcannes: “At noon because the sunlight and the shadows go well together.”

Gilles Traverso: “In the morning, very early for the arrival of the fishermen who set up their shoals.”

monsport06: “This view with the market and the Suquet behind, from the rue Louis Blanc is very nice in the early morning.”

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The Pointe Croisette

The spot for sunrises and sunsets

The Pointe Croisette is a favourite spot for sunrises and sunsets with a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Esterel massif and Sainte-Marguerite Island.

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slpcannes: “The Pointe Croisette is a place to go in winter when the weather is bad, it is a place where the winter atmosphere lends itself best to photography.”

Gilles Traverso: “In the morning for a general view of the harbour.”

monsport06 : “The pontoons on the east side will make the happiness of the early risers for the sunrise. The Pointe Croisette harbour to the west is great for sunsets.

Rue Meynadier

Built in 1752, rue Meynadier is the popular and historic shopping street of Cannes. It is also the largest pedestrian street in the city. It has some of the best gourmet addresses.

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slpcannes: “I enjoy the light of this street the most at the end of the day because the sunlight illuminates all the facades.”

Gilles Traverso: “More in the middle of the morning to capture the atmosphere of this historic street.”

monsport06: “This colourful and lively street will be a photographer’s delight. Remember to look up! The small alleys will make interesting patterns to open up to the blue sky.”

The beaches of Cannes

On the shores of one of the most beautiful bays in the world, between the Estérel and the Lérins Islands, the beaches of Cannes offer eight kilometres of fine sand. The Cannes coastline includes public beaches from La Bocca to Mouré Rouge and private beaches from Boulevard Jean Hibert to La Croisette.

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slpcannes: “Whatever the beach, it’s in the morning that we take the most beautiful photos; the sea becomes a magnificent blue.

Gilles Traverso: “For the beaches at the eastern end of the Croisette, at sunset, but early in the morning for the softness of the Mouré Rouge beaches.”

monsport06: “No need to demonstrate the interest of taking superb photos on the beaches of Cannes. The sunsets are of course superb and are my favourite moments to take beautiful pictures.”

The Allées de la Liberté

The Allées de la Liberté are emblematic of Cannes. Lined with plane trees, they form a space conducive to strolling. Brocante every weekend, pétanque games under the sun, bandstand, flower market every Monday, and carousel contribute to the gentle way of life of the place.

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slpcannes: “The alleys and the rue Félix Faure, it’s in the late afternoon that you should go there because you can appreciate the façades and their Provencal colours even more.”

Gilles Traverso: “In the morning to admire a mixture of bargain hunters and boulistes.”

monsport06: “Of course at sunset, you can take some very nice photos with a beautiful pink sky in the background, but it’s also the lively late afternoons that interest me in these Allées.”

The vineyard of Saint-Honorat Island

The 8 hectares of vineyards on the Saint-Honorat Island are cultivated by the monks of the Abbey of Lérins. They produce this wine in an ancestral way. A tasting in the vineyards of Cannes, in the middle of the olive trees, is an experience that leaves a memorable souvenir.

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slpcannes: “One of the most beautiful islands, doing it during the day is nice but at sunrise, it’s where you’ll find the most beautiful colours.”

Gilles Traverso: “The earliest, at sunrise, in the vineyards, the light is extraordinary.”

monsport06: “The most beautiful views of the vineyard are from the top of the fort. For the drone lovers, be careful, it’s forbidden on the island; both taking off and flying over it. It’s a superb place that delights all landscape and heritage photographers.”

Bonus : The Croix des Gardes

in the mimosa season

With its 80 hectares of forest, the Croix des Gardes park is the real green lung of the city. It offers walkers a 360-degree panoramic view and various viewpoints (5 belvederes) over the Bay of Cannes, its islands, the Estérel massif and finally the Préalpes d’Azur. In winter, when the mimosas bloom, the park takes on a unique bright yellow colour.

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slpcannes: “If you are allergic to mimosas, I would not recommend it between February and early April. But the view in some places is exceptional.

Gilles Traverso: “In the afternoon to highlight this still wild place, with a view of Cannes in the background.”

monsport06: “Sunrises and sunsets, mimosas, lots of possibilities here. I like to go just after the rain when the air is clear and the sky is still cloudy with sunny spells.”

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The route