Welcome to Cannes
Cannes' 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, this 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 of La Croisette and the Belle Epoque buildings reflect its aristocratic history.
Today, Cannes is still home to the internationally wealthy who provide a ready and willing clientèle to the city's numerous designer boutiques, swanky bars and lavish hotels. Plenty of gourmet restaurants with terraces spilling onto the pavements line the streets of Cannes, while its waterfront promenade is dotted with private beaches and swanky beach clubs serving delicious cocktails under the sun. No wonder Cannes has become the playground of the rich and famous.
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 an old harbour that is home to both traditional fishing boats and luxury yachts. Here, charming little streets lead on to picturesque squares. At the top of the hill lies a ruined 12th-century castle now host to the Museum of La Castre, affording panoramic views over La Croisette, the beach and the sparkling sea.
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You will not be short of entertainment in this beautiful French Riviera town, especially during the summer. Perhaps the best known of all the events is the highly glamorous Cannes Film Festival – certainly worth a day trip to the city just to see which celebrities you can spot. There are also markets, international fairs and plenty of cultural and musical festivals.
What to see & do in Cannes
Head out onto the beach and venture into the sparkling blue waters to enjoy a whole range of watersports or, to experience more of the coast along Cannes, hire a yacht or book a boat trip to the islands of Saint Honorat and Sainte Marguerite. There are also plenty of sporting activities on dry land such as exploring on bike or foot. Shopping is also a popular option, either at the local markets or the designer boutique shops.
There is a wealth of places to visit in Cannes, from top-class art museums to the remains of ancient chapels and famous vineyards. Thanks to its varied history, you will find reminders of the prehistoric times, the Romans and even the English throughout the region, from expensive villas and amazing architecture to ruins, churches and art. Cannes is also blessed with fabulous scenery, from the coastline of the French Riviera to the rolling hills inland.