Cannes entirely encapsulates the glitz and glamour of the Cote D’Azur, with its haute couture boutiques, Michelin starred eateries, multimillion mansions, six star hotels and elegantly palm-fringed sands.
The attractive marina is populated by mind-blowingly luxurious yachts all year round and Le Croisette, the city’s most famous street, is the place to indulge in some designer retail therapy, sip champagne in a chic pavement café and while away an afternoon enjoying watching the rich and famous stroll by.
With the dramatic backdrop of the Alpes Maritimes, the French adore the jewel of the Cote D’Azur, but it was a Brit who turned Cannes from a sleepy fishing village into the millionaire’s playground it is today. In 1835 Lord Henry Brougham, a British MP, decided to build a holiday home in the area and it soon became the most fashionable place to holiday on the French coast. And when the Cannes film festival was established following the war, the city’s place as a centre for all things glamorous was cemented.
How to Do Cannes
Whether you prefer to stay in a trendy boutique or a grand palace, you’ll find plenty of accommodation to choose from in Cannes. From the uber hip Hotel 3.14 to the opulent Carlton to the historic Palais des Festival, the standard of accommodation in the city is exemplary, and thats not to mention some of the luxury homes in Cannes.
Or if you simply can’t get enough off the stunning scenery and exciting cosmopolitan atmosphere of Cannes then you could consider purchasing a holiday home. You’ll find a wide range of properties available from bijoux apartments to sprawling hillside villas – and as Cannes is a popular tourist resort for Brits, Americans and Europeans, you’d end up with a great return on your investment if you decided to rent your property out to the glitterati!
Cannes is best known for its film festival but the city is certainly not shy of a celebration or two. There are lots of other events and festivals to enjoy there year round and you’ll find free live street entertainment around the marina area on most days. Every Easter weekend Cannes plays host to a Shopping Festival showcasing the best young designers and the city also hosts an annual advertising festival.
There’s always a party to find in Cannes but if you want to do it like the natives then opt for a visit to , Canne’s old quarter, where you’ll find local inhabitants relaxing with a glass of wine in candlelit cafes or feasting on seafood so fresh that it’s practically still swimming!
Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, star spotting and delicious eating, ascend the zigzag stairways and cobbled lanes of Le Suquet and visit the Musee de la Castre, a fascinating museum that incorporates ancient fortress houses, Tibetan Buddhist tablets, Indonesian shadow puppets and its main attraction, a tower dating back to the 11th century which offers panoramic views of the distant mountains, orange tiled roofs, golden beaches and azure oceans of Cannes below.