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The French Riviera, that sun-dappled stretch of the southern coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, delivers on its reputation for sophisticated relaxation, with sandy beaches and sidewalk cafes brimming with beautiful people. The resort town of Cannes certainly does the Côte d’Azur proud, with its own pristine beaches, luxury hotels, boutiques, and restaurants—many clustered on Promenade de la Croisette. The city is ideally situated for day trips around the area, including guided shore excursions. For travel to cities in the area, take a half- or full-day guided trip to see the well-known seaside destinations of nearby Nice or the independent city-state of Monaco. A continuation to the less-visited town of Èze offers commanding views over the French Riviera from its hilltop lookout. In the other direction along the coast, St. Tropez offers yet another chance to bask in the Mediterranean sun, while also visiting historic monuments such as the citadel, built in the early 17th century. Head into the hills to explore the town of Grasse—a capital of the perfume industry—where the scent of Provence lavender is in the air. Options include small-group and fully private tours for the ultimate in luxury, and yacht trips are another luxe alternative. And if it's celebrities you’re seeking, the best time for star-spotting is during the Cannes Film festival, which usually takes place in May.
All eyes turn to Cannes for the world-famous Cannes Film Festival in May, but while the chances of a celebrity sighting are high, the resulting crowds and peak prices mean that non-festival goers might want to give it a miss. After a long and hot summer, the comparatively cooler temperatures of fall tempt travelers looking to avoid the masses.
Jade was born in Cannes where she lived, laughed, and loved until she moved away after turning 20 to discover other parts of the world.
take a stroll along the famous Croisette to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Mediterranean. Heading toward Palm Beach, you can see skaters practicing their tricks.
involves lunch at San Telmo in the heart of the Rue Hoche, followed by shopping on Rue d'Antibes. Stop at Villfeu for an ice cream before going for a beer at Morrison's, Cannes’ most famous pub.
the Palais des Festivals and its red carpet. It’s always incredible to think of all the stars who’ve walked on the carpet.
visit the markets—they’re the essence of the city and Marché Foreville is a perfect example. Located on a covered square near Le Suquet, it sells many of the region's local products.
go to the Suquet, a charming and lesser-known part of the city. I love climbing to the castle in the morning for a breathtaking view of the city surrounded by the sea.
is equating Cannes with jetsetting luxury, when the town is also the cradle of Provençal traditions, home to handmade products and an active and dynamic local community.
The Cannes Film Festival is this French city’s claim to fame, along with the accompanying A-list glamour. While the festival happens yearly in May, Cannes is lively year-round, enticing starry crowds and those who like to party with the wealthy to its luxury hotels and chic beach clubs....More
Stroll west on La Croisette Boulevard to soak up sea vistas on one side and pass swanky hotels on the other. After a photo stop by Palais des Festivals, site of the Cannes Film Festival, seek out Cannes’ calmer side with an amble through Le Suquet quarter; sweeping views await....More
The seaside city isn’t big, and a day can comfortably cover Cannes’ key sights as well as some beach time. Many overnight or weekend visitors combine a stay in the city with trips to nearby Nice, Monaco, or other Cote d’Azur hotspots....More
Yes. There’s a mix of both public and private beaches in Cannes, with the latter more prevalent, as you’d expect, around La Croisette. The stretches of public beach space are impressive though, offering soft sands and amenities for free. The private beaches come with loungers, parasols, and waiter service, too....More
Skip the "es" and open up that "a" to pronounce Cannes in a way that’s acceptable to French ears and foreign tongues alike. If your Cannes comes out more like "kan" with the emphasis on the "n," you’re on the right track....More
Yes. Cannes is a celebrity hangout, and it has the price tag to match. Hotels, restaurants, private beaches, and even taxis all have big spenders in mind. For a more affordable break, consider nearby Nice or Mandelieu-la-Napoule. Both offer Côte d’Azur charm without breaking the bank....More
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