Welcome to Cannes
The mild Mediterranean climate brings lush palm tree line boulevards and long balmy nights in the summer, along with perfect cycling, running and sailing conditions over the winter months.
Basking in the sun, Cannes is a city that the rich and famous have been coming to for over 150 years; it simply sparkles with glamour, whilst the grandeur of the coastal promenade (La Croisette) and the belle epoque buildings reflect it's aristocratic history. The prestigious Cannes Film Festival of Cannes takes place annually in May and has been an important event for Cannes since it began in 1946. Drawing famous movie stars from around the world to the glittering red-carpet gala, has earned the city an international reputation for promoting cinema and the art of filmmaking.
Today, Cannes is still home to the internationally wealthy who provide a ready & willing clientèle to the numerous designer boutiques, swanky bars and lavish hotels. Behind the glitz however, there is a softer side to Cannes - the district of Le Suquet is the heart of the old town and is filled with little lanes, ancient buildings and the old harbour (home to traditional fishing boats and luxury yachts).
The old town of Cannes, Le Suquet dates back to the 10th century when it was a little fishing village serving the castle of Cannes (home to the abbots of Lerins). Charming little streets lead on to picturesque squares and at the top of the hill lies the ruined 12th century castle (now host to the Museum of La Castre - containing ethnographic artefacts from Oceania & Asia). The view from the top affords La Criosette, the beach and the sparkling sea. Plenty of restaurants line the main streets of San Antoine & Rue du Suquet, a perfect place to escape the heat of the beach and enjoy a long leisurely lunch.
For foodies, Meynadier Street is an absolute must. This pedestrianized street will have your senses buzzing as you wander past enticing windows displaying the best of Provencal local produce. Wine, olive oil, honey, meats, cheeses, breads and exquisite macaroons are just a few of the delights you will see in some of the longest established delis of Cannes. There are also a few clothes boutiques and bookshops along this enchanting road on the way out of the Suquet area.