Situated in the breathtaking surrounds of the coastal paradise on the French Riviera, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, running from June 18th-25th attracts a global audience of the biggest players in the communications, advertising and marketing industries.
“Creativity matters for business, for change, for good.”
The tagline for the event sets a theme for world famous keynote speakers from the world’s top ad agencies, production houses, global tech and social media giants and the who’s who of world famous brands. Not to mention the rich and famous…
In the past speakers have included some of the world’s most famous celebs, from Gwyneth Paltrow, Will Smith and Simon Pegg to Oliver Stone and Iggy Pop. Pretty much the only event on the calendar that rivals the Cannes Lions is the Cannes Film Festival.
For a first timer at this prestigious red carpet corporate event, it can be a little intimidating and awe inspiring at the same time, so we’ve put together a practically perfect city guide to help you find your feet quickly should you be lucky enough to receive an invite or want to plan the ultimate glamorous city break. Or if you’re booking for a colleague, download it here to pass on the tips.
Getting from the Airport to your Hotel or Venue
Cannes is easily reached by two nearby airports – Nice International Airport and the smaller Cannes-Mandelieu Airport. While the latter is only 6km away from the centre of Cannes, it tends to be used mostly for small flights or private aircraft, and most visitors will head to Nice. As Nice International is the main airport covering the south of France, it is large and well serviced – you’ll find easy connections to Cannes from here.
Many Cannes hotels and venues will offer shuttle transport from Nice International. The airport is 40 minutes from Cannes by road, and you can jump in a taxi, organise a transfer prior to travelling, or hire a car.
Carey is the global leader in chauffeured services and provide reliable car services for many major events in Cannes. Their experienced, bilingual drivers know the area very well, and they can provide a wide range of luxury cars and mini buses.
Trains are your other option – and during the peak season months of July and August, can often be much faster and convenient than travelling by road. Trains from Nice are about 20 minutes away, but you will need to catch a taxi from the airport to the station first.
When in ‘Rome’…
Of course, if you want to do it in the style befitting the backdrop, you can hire a helicopter from Nice airport to Cannes from €160 per person. Contact Azurhelico for details.
While the most efficient way to get around Cannes is by car, particularly for business visitors heading to the Palais des Festivals, or any of the other major hotels in town for trade shows and events, if you’re enjoying some downtime and would like to experience the spirit of Cannes, there’s no better way to take it all in than going around on foot.
Far easier than trying to navigate the one-way system in the city centre, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with a leisurely stroll. And if you have time to venture out to the glorious coastline, you can hire a boat – from speed boats to luxurious private yachts. This truly is a city to indulge your senses.
Canne can. It’s as simple as that. It’s the city of glitz and glamour and no corporate event here is low key. When the business of the day is finished, you simply must take advantage of the city and explore the lively evening entertainment.
Palm Beach Casino is a popular trade venue, and is also one of the foremost casinos in the region, while Casino Croissette is located close to the Palais des Festivals.
Beyond the city’s buzzing casino nightlife, you can also find some great spots to enjoy a drink or meal too. One of the most illustrious spots is Le Park 45 – definitely a stunning location when you’re looking to create an impression with an important client.
But for great fare in a relaxed and enjoyable space, head to one of the many smaller bistros around Cannes – fresh food and locally sourced ingredients ensure you’ll always enjoy a stunning meal. Try the Bistro Gourmand for a great city centre meal.
If you’re on the hunt for a wi-fi connection to go with your espresso, you might be better off staying close to your hotel or a big chain café or restaurant – smaller local venues are unlikely to offer wi-fi services. Instead, relish the opportunity to switch off for a second, and soak up the atmosphere.
Health and Fitness
Want to stay on top of your fitness goals while you’re away on business? Cannes has a wide array of gyms, exercise studios and spas, offering everything from intense, powerful workouts to relaxation sessions to help you unwind. For hardcore powerlifters, the aptly named Soft Gym is located right in Cannes city centre, and has an enormous range of equipment – visitors can purchase a day pass if they’re passing through. If swimming is your thing, try the Cannes Centre Aquatique Grand Bleu, or the Pierre de Coubertin pool, which is located close to the airport.
Many hotels will also offer their own fitness suites, so it’s worth inquiring what is available prior to your planned visit.
As you might expect, Cannes is synonymous with luxury shopping – and there is no shortage of fantastic designer boutiques to stroll through and spend in. So much so that it has its own dedicated festival of shopping – visit in April and you may be able to catch it.
Most of the shops within Cannes are located within the centre, and are found in a small, compact area where you can get around easily on foot – La Croisette is the prime location for your big designer labels, while Rue d’Antibes is perfect for discovering High Street finds.
Fancy Something a Bit Different?
Cannes is an absolutely glorious city to visit, with plenty of glamour and sophistication wherever you turn – but there are also plenty of hidden gems to discover, off the beaten track. For incredibly delicious fresh food, try the Forville Market, which runs every day apart from Mondays. While the city is busy with tourists all year round, head away from the coast to find some of the best bars and restaurants in town.
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