May, the ideal month to stay in Cannes

Aerial view of Cannes and its old port

Located in the heart of the French Riviera, Cannes is famous for its Film Festival and its beaches, making it a must for any summer stay on the French Riviera. Cannes is decked out in its finest finery from May and is the ideal destination for a magical vacation, between sunshine, glitter, and discovery.


Cannes and its sunny days

Palais Stéphanie Beach in Cannes

Cannes enjoys a mild climate all year round, and the month of May is distinguished by temperatures that allow lunches on Cannes’ private beaches or lazing around in the sun… The rare rainy days (3 maximum in May) are quickly replaced by sunshine. Between the deckchairs on the private beaches of Cannes facing the Lerins Islands and a dip in the heated swimming pool of your hotel, your stay in Cannes quickly takes on a summery feel. The sun also encourages the first nautical pleasures. Jet-skis and other paddles already challenge each other in the bay of Cannes, while the more chilly ones opt for a day onboard a yacht, but gladly wear a bathing suit to bask in the sun before joining the Cannes parties.

Forville Market in Cannes

The sunshine also delights your taste buds as you can stroll through the markets of Cannes, such as the authentic Forville market and taste seasonal products such as strawberries, fresh peas, and savor your first cherries or your first melon. Flavors that you can find in May on the best tables in Cannes, such as La Palme d’Or at the Martinez Hotel or the Table de Lori at the Five Seas Hotel.


Prestigious events

Between Saint-Tropez and Monaco, Cannes places you in the center of the French Riviera. In May, the most prestigious events take place, and a stay in Cannes allows you to enjoy all these events.

Walking up the steps of the Cannes International Film Festival

In Saint-Tropez, the summer season is launched during the traditional Bravades, an authentic event that brings together mostly Tropezians. By chartering a yacht for the day from Cannes, you can not only attend these Bravades but also stroll through the village’s narrow streets before having lunch on your yacht or at the terrace of the mythical Sénéquier on the port of Saint-Tropez. The Bravades 2022 take place from May 16 to 18, 2022, allowing you to combine authenticity and glamour, joining Cannes to experience the madness of the Cannes International Film Festival, which rolls out its red carpet and private parties from May 17 to 28, 2022.
This period is the most prolific and attracts the international elite. An elite that gathers around the cultural and sporting events that punctuate the French Riviera in May. Indeed, motorsport occupies the whole month of May in Monaco, between the historic Grand Prix, the e-Prix and the Formula 1 Grand Prix from 26 to 29 May, enthusiasts are in for a treat. From Cannes, you can reach the principality in only 15 minutes by booking your helicopter, the easiest and fastest way to enjoy the excitement of all these events.


Palaces in the colors of the Festival

Barriere Le Majestic Hotel in Cannes and its beautiful sea view

Staying in Cannes in May allows you to discover the mythical palaces of the Croisette and the Cap d’Antibes. If some suites and rooms are privatized during the Cannes Film Festival, you will enjoy an enchanting setting, facing the sea and the Lerins Islands and benefit from the unique energy of this festive and glamorous period. The hotels live at the frantic rhythm of the festival, with private parties, exclusive cocktails and a parade of stars.


Culture, relaxation and nature on the program

You have read it, the month of May opens the season and benefits from a very present sunshine and prestigious events. The other advantage of May in Cannes and on the French Riviera is that it gives you access to the most famous places without suffering the summer crowds. Cannes is surrounded by a multitude of activities for all ages.

The golf course of the Terre Blanche Hotel in Tourettes

The opportunity to walk through the gardens of the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence or to walk the still deserted paths of the Lérins Islands and to enter the mystical cell of the man in the iron mask. It is also an opportunity to indulge in a spa session with Sunday brunch or a golf session on the green of the Domaine de Terre Blanche.

View from one of the paths of the Esterel Massif

The month of May is also ideal for exploring the paths of the Esterel massif or for enjoying it from the sky during a panoramic flight in a private helicopter.
Cannes, its Croisette and its rue d’Antibes also favor shopping. Between luxury boutiques and affordable shops, everything is within walking distance.


Whatever your desires, the Excellence Riviera teams will accompany you during your stay in Cannes and are available to book hotels, beaches, restaurants and helicopter transfers.