CANNES

Spoilt with a luxurious year-round climate and its very own airport dedicated to tourist and business travel, Cannes has become one of the trendiest destinations in Europe. Each year, red carpets are rolled out to welcome hundreds of celebrities to the famous International Cannes Film Festival. This is one of Cannes main attractions for high clientele however, it also draws in a lot of tourism for the seaside resort as tourists set out on celebrity spotting. Aside from the glitz and glamour of this two week event, Cannes boats a unique cosmopolitan character which appeals to many holiday makers throughout the year. Well known for its luxury boutiques and palace hotels, La Croisette promenade is a beautiful place to shop, stop for a drink or even just take a stroll. As you walk along this beach lined seafront, you will notice that Cannes shines to impress with wealth and glamour. Although this is not all this destination has to offer, as the city has not forgotten it Provençal roots. 

Waiting to be explored above the walkways of Cannes lies the beautiful, medieval quarter of Le Suquet. Rich in history, gothic architecture, charm and tranquillity, Le Suquet offers a contrasting scene to the rest of the city and is perfect for those who want to discover the secrets of Cannes past, while taking in the stunning views over the bay. If planning on exploring the old town, a good starting point is from Vieux Port located in the heart of Cannes opposite the Palais des Festivals. For those early risers, head over to Allées de la Liberté on the North side of the port where the street is lined with the flower market, Marché aux Fleurs. For many, listening to the hum of supercars, gazing on superyachts, celebrity spotting, boutique shopping, old town wandering and exploring the Lérins Islands are all popular highlights of visiting Cannes. With so much to offer, it is easy to appreciate why this destination is so popular.

LE SUQUET

Allés de la Liberté in Vieux Port is a good starting point for those wanting to explore the old town of Cannes. If you do not mind a walk, admire the great views of the bay as you wind your way up rue St-Antoine. Alternatively, there is also a train that runs up the hill if you would prefer to save your energy in the hot Cote d’Azur sun. The oldest part of this town is the 12th century Chateau de la Castre, which was built by local monks to defend the medieval community from Saracen invasions and piracy. Today, this castle houses a fascinating museum displaying ancient artefacts and artwork from all over the Mediterranean. Gradually a city developed around this castle where you can now see the Notre Dame de l’Esperance, a 17th century gothic church with a striking bell tower offering stunning views over the bay. Outside the church, there is a pretty garden and Baroque square where visitors can stroll or take a seat in one of the cafes for lunch. Every July, this square is also brought to life with the Nuits Musicales du Suquet. With plenty of boutiques hidden down quaint coble alleys, it is no surprise Le Suquet is so popular with fashion photographers. If you are looking for true Southern French cuisine, head to the old town restaurants where you will find all the locals and be welcomed with friendly French hospitality. Le Suquet represents the oldest part of the city.

LA CROISETTE

La Croisette is Cannes boulevard of luxury boutiques and palace hotels. Stretching along the sea front, this is one of the most recognisable features and is great for those who want to indulge in some high-class shopping. Although it caters for the rich and famous, anyone can stop for a drink in one of the beachfront cafes or enjoy a leisurely stroll under the palm trees.

Vieux Port

Situated next to the Palais des Festivals on the western end of La Croisette and to the east below the Old Town, Vieux Port is an idyllic highlight in the heart of the city. During September, this port is also brought to life with the Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show, Salon de l'Automobile and Firework Festival. Attracting car and yacht enthusiasts, it certainly is a prestigious month for the port.

PALAIS DES FESTIVALS

Famous for hosting the Cannes Film Festival, every year this venue at the western end of La Croisette rolls out red carpets and welcomes hundreds of international celebrities. If you are looking to spot some stars, this is the place to be during this two week event. With visitors only able to enter on guided tours, stop off at the tourist office where you can make a booking and start the celebrity hand trail with Meryl Streep.

Castle of La Croix des Gardes

Positioned just a few minutes from the port of Cannes and the Palais des Festivals, this exclusive 20th century property stands 700 feet above the Mediterranean, offering spectacular panoramic views over the bay of Cannes. With more than 13,000 square feet of living space, it is the largest estate in the area with an estimated asking price of $53.5 million.

La Malmaison

Formerly the games and tea room of Cannes' grandest hotel of the 1860's, this building was demolished and rebuilt in the 1960's. Located a few blocks along La Croisette, this seaside pavilion offers an intimate setting with ideal sized rooms ensuring the best light for displaying these prestigious collections. Although closed on Mondays, it is open on other days throughout the week, with times varying according to season.

Thermes Marins de Cannes

If you are looking for relaxation, pamper yourself with a Spa treatment at the Thermes Marins de Cannes. Part of the Radisson Blu hotel, this Thelassotherapy Spa is located on the west side of Vieux Port. After a relaxing afternoon, head to Restaurant 360 where you can take in the stunning views as the sun goes down.