Thanks to a Scottish Lord, Cannes from a small fishing village has become a luxury resort on the Cote d’Azur. Today is the world capital of the world famous film festival where movie stars head in May from all over the world. This city must be visited on your summer holiday when in France on the Cote d’Azur!
Cannes during the film festival is a vibrant city that never sleeps. There are countless concerts on, movie stars stroll around the promenade and the omnipresent crowd of spectators add up to the atmosphere of the most important movie festival in the world. All in all, it definitely makes the city worth seeing when the Cannes Film Festival takes place.
Attractions in Cannes
When the festival is over, Cannes turns into a slightly different town. Le Palais des Festivals et des Congres without the red carpet and the crowd loses a bit of its charm, but still represents the grace and fameof the city. The main attraction of the city at that time is a beautiful, large sandy beach. And this is in my opinion its greatest asset! Perhaps beyond the famous Avenue of Stars with the imprints of hands of famous people you will find near the Palace of the Festival.
The beaches on the Cote d’Azur are mostly small or rocky, but in Cannes, the beach is sandy, long and wide. This is a good place for those who love to sunbath and relax by the sea. In spite of the fact that there are a lot of tourists, you can unwind and load your batteries. What is more, along the beach runs the famous promenade Croisette (Boulevard de la Croisette) rich in small, cozy cafes and snack bars. In the middle of the boulevard there is the magnificent building of the famous Carlton Hotel (InterContinental Carlton Cannes), where film stars spend the night during the festival.
Apart of the promenade, it is worth seeing Cannes’ small old town (Le Suquet) on the other side of the marina. At the remains of a medieval castle (XII century) formerly owned by the monks, the Musee de la Castre (Musée de la Castre) is located. From the top of the castle the tourists admire stunning view on the city of Cannes the waters of Napoule Bay. The castle is well visible from the marina and La Croisette promenade.
Going down from the Old Town, it is worth taking a little walk through the busy Meynadier street (Rue Meynadier) filled with shops, souvenir shops and restaurants.
The city can be walked in an hour or two. Its unusual climate can be felt mostly during the festival or other summer events. And it is not a surprise, Cannes used to be just a small fishing village. Scottish lord Henry Brougham, who spent the last 30 years of his life in Cannes, brought here the English aristocracy in the first half of the 19th century that contributed to city’s development. The monument of Henry Brougham can be found in the center just outside McDonald’s restaurant.
Near Cannes the Lerician Islands are located: St. Margaret’s Island, where the legendary Iron Mask Man lived in the Royal Citadel. Just behind it, there is the island of St. Honorata belonging to the Cistercians. These places are definitely worth seeing while staying nearby!