Visiting Cannes

Cannes is the “star” of the French Riviera, famous for the Annual International Film Festival, the prestigious hotels, fashion boutiques & the golden beaches create an all year round attraction for the tourist or business person. What ever you’re looking for Cannes will provide you with an unforgettable experience!

The city of Cannes is centered around the old port with its luxury yachts nestling next to traditional fishing boats. The famous “Croisette” is the boulevard and the beach that extends around the bay to the east of the port. Cannes, the Croisette and the Palais des Festival play host to a number of world renound festivals and congress throughout the year such as the  Cannes Lions, ILTM and not least of all the world famous Cannes Film Festival in May. The congress range from Property Expos, Marketing, TV, Media and the Cannes Lions or MIPIM in 2012

There is no better way to sample to delights of Cannes than to take a gentle stroll down the Croisette, you can take a break at one of the many cafes or restaurants that offer the chance to enjoy a drink or some lunch and watch the diverse populace enjoying Cannes’ main attraction – La Croisette.

Out around the point at the west side of the port, the Boulevard Jean Hibert runs along the coast to the west, with even more fine sandy beaches, cafes and restaurants. For the shoppers rue d’Antibes offers all your heart’s desire, it is the main street running east-west through the center of the city, with a huge selection of world renowned brands as well as the exclusive boutiques from the catwalks of the fashion world. Running off rue d’Antibes is an abundance of little side streets offering the weary shopper a wide choice of options from a ‘pick-me-up’ cocktail to a relaxing glass of wine or an amble around a fine selection of boutiques or art galleries.

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* Old town— The usual narrow winding streets filled with restaurants and souvenir shops. The view from the castle ruins at the top is excellent.

* Covered Market— For a spectacular eating and viewing food experience, no other market in Cannes beats this for scale and variety. The market itself is at the west end of rue Meynardiers, one of the Cote’s best gourmand streets.

* Palais des Festivals— Down La Croisette is the famous Palais des Festivals, where stars of the silver screen gather and watch films screened during the festival. Irresistible not to pose for a photograph on the 22 steps leading up to the entrance. The next major conference is Cannes Lions in June 2012

* Port— Admire the yachts of the rich and possibly famous – though true mega-yachts will be found at the International Yacht Club down the coast in Antibes.

* La Croisette— Cannes catwalk beside the sea, it is the center of the city’s tourist activity and known for its luxury hotels and boutique shops.

* Beaches— There are some private beaches and cost up to €30 for a day’s use (including sunbed and shade). The public beaches are great, and are found at the far east and west of town. If you want a quieter beach, a better option is to go to the Îles de Lérins, see below. At night the beaches can be tranquil, but watch out for spectacular fireworks displays (see posters/ask at tourist info) in the bay, get to the beach early to get a good spot!

* Iles de Lérins— Two islands in the bay that are definitely worth visiting. The smaller is Ste Honorat, which has a monastery and ruined castle. The monks sell monastery-made food/drink products like wine which make unique souvenirs. The larger island is Ste Marguerite which also has a castle, shops, bars, and restaurants. Find a quiet cove, some shade from palm trees, and a cheap snorkel before you swim around the rocky coves. A return ticket to either island is €11 with ferries departing every hour roughly from 7 in the morning until about 5:30 at night – ask for a timetable. The timetable and information is also available in a brochure kept in most hotel lobby