Cannes Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Cannes

The best time to visit Cannes is from March to May, before the annual film festival and the arrival of summer vacation crowds and hot weather. If you want to save as much money as possible, winter is a great time to visit the city as chilly temperatures in the mid-50s and high 30s yield significantly lower pricing for accommodations. However, you'll want to check that your chosen hotel hasn't closed up for the offseason. Fall is another quiet season in which hotel prices are lower than the spring and summer and the weather is mild, though rainfall is frequent.

Weather in Cannes

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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March-May

Spring sees average high temperatures that range from the upper 50s to the mid-70s, making for pleasant sightseeing weather. However, don't even think about vacationing in Cannes in May unless you want to wrestle with the tens of thousands of people in town for the Cannes Film Festival. If you do visit Cannes in early to mid-May, you should look to book your hotel as far in advance as possible (even several years ahead).

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June-August

Summer experiences hot temperatures into the upper 80s. Luckily, a pretty consistent breeze blows across the Mediterranean, especially in June and July, which helps visitors cool off in the summer weather. These balmy temps, along with the absence of precipitation, ushers in plenty of crowds. Since this is high season, you'll want to be prepared for inflated accommodation prices.

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September-November

In the fall, average temperatures hover in the low 60s to the low 80s, though it rains a fair amount. The summer crowds have largely dissipated, leaving beaches, casinos and clubs much quieter. You can still soak in some rays on the beach during the day, but bring layers for cooler evenings.

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December-February

This is low season in Cannes with the fewest number of tourists in town. High temperatures in the 50s and low 60s and frequent rain or snow mean you probably won't be frolicking in the Mediterranean, but you can save some euros by visiting at this time of year. 

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Popular Times to Visit Cannes

Average Tourist Volumes

Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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