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Cannes wasn't always renowned. Within the fifth century, a little community of monks found their method to the encompassing Lerin Islands and established a monastery. For 100s of years, anglers and mariners were the only real occupants from the small Riviera town. In early twentieth century, Cannes would be a place where French families found escape from work for some time to savor the temperate weather and delightful scenery. Gradually Hollywood got to know about the place, and it hasn't been left alone since. With fame comes the infamous. Those who have visited the Cannes Film Festival complain about the bloated prices in May during the annual film festival hosted here.
Cannes has maintained its charm, and when you visit throughout every other season you'll be enchanted with this small beachside community included in the coves. Plan your vacation round the festival, and you will never stop loving the place.
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships pier within the bay outdoors from the Port of Cannes. Ferry motorboats transport you against the bay towards the actual port itself, with road links towards the relaxation from the city.Trains travel between Cannes and Antibes, Nice, along with other spots across the French Riviera. In Cannes itself, taxis would be the preferred approach to transportation, even though you will have the ability to cover lots of ground by walking.  Tenders arrive at a terrific location within easy walking distance of everything you'll want to see: shops, restaurants and the historic center of town. You'll find restrooms at the tender dock.
Local Interests
The tourist office in Cannes is a superb starting point. Visit for maps and pamphlets together with recommended itineraries. Promenade p la Croisette is how Cannes starts. Along this road are gaudy hotels, exclusive restaurants, and haughty boutiques. Odds are that you'll be investing most your time and effort in Cannes near this street.
Obviously, there's a town past the promenade. The Tour p Suquet, a tower dating back the 1300s, is a great landmark. Near to the tower may be the Musée p la. This museum includes a great exhibit on ancient Mediterranean cultures. Additionally, there is a whole wing dedicated to artwork in the 1800s.
Two times an hour or so, ferryboats ply from Cannes towards the Îles p Lérins. This assortment of islands includes a wealthy history. Île St-Honorat is better noted for its ancient but still-operating monastery, the Abbaye p St-Honorat. Vacationers visiting for reasons of prayer and meditation are welcomed on the limited basis. Should you rather commune with character, head towards the island's west coast, which is included in pine forests and beaches.
Île Ste-Marguerite is how the now famous Guy within the Iron Mask was jailed in 1698. Nobody knows who the guy was, or what he did to infuriate King Louis XIV to this kind of extent. His cell continues to be maintained, although its most well-known inhabitant died there in 1703. On Ste-Marguerite may be the Musée p la Mer, filled with interesting items from ancient Roman and Arab cultures.
Hanging Around - Cannes is an eminently walkable city, very compact, and everything that's a must-see is located within a few blocks. It's as simple as this: Just walk to the promenade from the tender dock, turn right and you'll bump into everything on your to-do list.
The tourist information office is located on the ground floor of Palais des Festivals (1 boulevard de la Croisette), about five blocks from the tender dock. You can pick up a map and brochures there and arrange independent shore excursions. It's open daily: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. the rest of the year. There are no toilets at the tourist office.
Getting Around - If you want an alternative to walking, a neat trolley service, Le Train du Cinema, departs regularly from La Croisette, just past the film festival headquarters across from the Majestic hotel. It offers three tours: La Croisette (35 minutes) and Le Suquet (35 minutes) and a combination hour-long ride. The tours, with commentary in English and other languages, depart year-round, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Other transportation options include taxis and the city bus. The taxi stand closest to the tender dock is located next to Caffe Roma on La Croisette across from the Palais des Festivals. Taxis tend to be expensive. A 10 percent gratuity is the norm on top of the fare. The No. 8 bus, on the other hand, is quite cheap. It departs from the dock and travels the seafront until the boulevard ends at Palm Beach and its casino, the oldest casino in Cannes. The roundtrip ride takes about 40 minutes and does not include Old Town.
Cruise Passengers interested in do-it-yourself touring outside of Cannes will find two rental car agencies in the town center. Thrifty and Hertz are both located at 147 rue d'Antibes, about a 15-minute walk from the dock. Reservations can be made online. The rental agencies are closed from noon to 2 p.m. for lunch.
Things to do
Basking in the sun of the French Riviera, Cannes sparkles with glamour and exclusivity. This legendary seaside resort has all the glitz and allure of the Côte d'Azur: private beaches, marinas filled with luxury yachts, stylish boulevards, elegant Belle Epoque hotels, and fashionable restaurants. In an enchanting setting on Golfe de la Napoule bay, Cannes is blessed with a balmy Mediterranean climate. The weather is mild year-round and perfect for sunbathing by the beach from May through October. Leafy palm trees grace the streets of Cannes, and subtropical flowers flourish throughout the city, giving visitors the impression of being in paradise. The prestigious Film Festival of Cannes has been an important event since it began in 1946. Drawing famous movie stars from around the world, this annual red-carpet gala has earned an international reputation for promoting the art of filmmaking.
Don't Miss
The elegant Boulevard de la Croisette pumps with enthusiasm. If Cannes has a stage, this is it: a two-mile strip with grand hotels like the Majestic, the Carlton and the Martinez. During the film festival, when the jet set descends, the royal suite in the Majestic goes for 40,000 euros a night. Sublime, sandy beaches are attached to the hotels, but you must pay admission. Prices are listed at access points on the promenade. A small slice of public beach is located behind the Palais des Festivals. All manner of luxury brands call La Croisette home -- Cartier, Fendi, Escada, Jean Paul Gaultier, Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana, and Vuitton, among others. If you see a "Cannes Prestige" sign in the window, it signifies the promise of over-the-top service and at least one English-speaking sales associate.
Just walk uphill, and you'll reach Le Suquet, the town's historic center. The maze of about 10 narrow streets and alleyways, most of them pedestrian-only, overlooks the west end of the old port. Follow rue Saint-Antoine uphill for the best views in town. Among the sights: St. Anne's chapel, dating to the 12th century; Notre-Dame d'Esperance, a gothic church built in the 17th century; and the Castre Museum. The museum, closed Mondays, is housed in the remains of a medieval castle and features Oriental art and antiquities as well as a collection of 19th-century paintings of Cannes and the French Riviera. At the foot of Le Suquet, the famous Forville market offers a gourmet pilgrimage through the flavors of southern France. The covered market, built in 1870, is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day except Monday when it converts to an antiques market.
Cannes evolved into an internationally known resort and film capital in large measure because of Lord Henry Peter Brougham, a Grand Chancellor of England who became smitten with the tiny Riviera outpost in 1834. Brougham became a poster boy for his adopted home, leading its development and talking it up among the English aristocracy. No visit to Cannes would be complete without a look at the statue of Brougham in the Allees de la Liberte square, which is also home to a flower market, and nearby, a flea market selling everything from sterling silver and antique linens to inexpensive jewelry and movie posters.
Cannes is also a shopper's paradise. La Croisette and rue d'Antibes are where you will find the luxury boutiques and art galleries. The six-block-long rue Meynadier, which runs parallel to the port just a few streets uphill, is a colorful pedestrian-only zone with shops selling hats, clothing, wine and cheese, roasted chicken and local products like handcrafted shoes and the ubiquitous lavender sachets. Most stores accept major credit cards. (General opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Boulevard de la Croisette
One of the most fashionable streets on the French Riviera, this elegant palm-lined boulevard is the center of tourist activity in Cannes. The Boulevard de la Croisette is lined by elegant Belle Epoque hotels, such as the historic International Carlton Cannes Hotel-a wonderful example of grand French Art Nouveau architecture designed by Charles Dalmas. Visitors will also be awestruck by the beautiful villas and upscale boutiques. The boulevard extends from the new Palais des Festivals along the rade de Cannes with its splendid sandy beach. A beachfront promenade offers splendid people-watching as well as magnificent views of the gulf and the Lérins Islands in the distance of the Mediterranean Sea. The Boulevard de la Croisette ends at a yacht harbor, where the pirate ship Neptune is docked. This impressive ship was built as the backdrop for an adventure film. At the eastern section of the boulevard is the lovely Parc de la Roseraie and the idyllic Port Pierre Canto with its rows of luxury yachts docked at the harbor. Also within walking distance is another harbor, the Port de la Pointe Croisette, the departure point for regattas organized by the Yacht Club of Cannes. Water sport enthusiasts will want to continue towards the nearby Port Palm Beach where there is a sailing school.
Le Suquet (Old Town)

Perched on the slopes of Mont Chevalier above the bay, the Le Suquet district represents the original fishing village. In a picturesque hillside setting, this area offers exceptional views as well as Old World charm. Le Suquet has retained some of the ambience of centuries ago. Tourists are delighted by the traffic-free quarter with its narrow old staircases, pleasant courtyards, and interesting historic remnants, such as the city's ancient walls. At the heart of Le Suquet, the old church, Eglise du Suquet, and the 11th-century Tour du Mont Chevalier watchtower dominate the skyline. From the top of the watchtower, there is a wonderful panoramic outlook onto the beach and the bay all the way out to the Lérins Islands. Another joy of visiting Le Suquet is wandering the quaint old streets. One of the old town's main shopping streets is the Rue Meynadier. This bustling pedestrian street is renowned for its specialty gourmet boutiques. Another important commercial street a few blocks away at the edge of Le Suquet is the Rue d'Antibes. A shopping destination for French Riviera fashions, the street is lined with designer prêt-à-porter clothing boutiques.
Cannes Film Festival (Film Festival) in May
If you cruise in may One of the most glamorous events on the French Riviera, the Film Festival brings to Cannes the glitter of celebrity. This red-carpet event is definitely one of the biggest moments of the year in Cannes and one of the city's top tourist attractions. The festival draws movie stars and filmmakers from all over the world as well as crowds of fans and journalists. Originally this film festival was established to rival the Venice Film Festival. The Festival de Cannes has earned an international reputation for discovering, supporting, and promoting excellent films.
Address: Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, 1 boulevard La Croisette, Cannes Official site: http://www.festival-cannes.com/en  (Cruise lines visit Cannes in May Celebrity Cruise Line,
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is the venue of the Riviera's most glamorous red-carpet affair, the Cannes Film Festival. Designed by the architects Bennett and Druet, the building was completed in 1982 and is used for events, conferences and festivals year round. In addition to the film festival, the building also hosts the G20 Summit, the international music trade show MIDEM, and the MIPTV (International Television Programme Market) events. The Palais des Festivals has 25,000 square meters of space for exhibitions as well as numerous rooms and auditoriums equipped with sophisticated sound and lighting systems. The impressive complex of buildings features state-of-the-art technical apparatus, including sound studios, simultaneous translation arrangements, audio-visual equipment, and large projectors. There is also a restaurant on site. Since 2009, the building has been continually modernized.
Address: 1 boulevard La Croisette, Cannes Official site: http://en.palaisdesfestivals.com
Notre-Dame de l'Espérance
The most important church in Cannes, the Notre-Dame de l'Espérance was built in the 16th century and has a notable 17th-century Madonna on the high altar. There is also a wooden statue of Saint Anne that dates back to the 1500s. When entering the church, visitors are struck by the peaceful interior and the inspiring heights of its Gothic vaulting. The church also features a mix of architectural styles including a Renaissance porch, plus an organ that was installed in 1857 and has been recently renovated. There is also an old cemetery that dates back to the 16th century. During the Second World War, the church was temporarily used as a hospital. Today, the church is still a place of religious worship and is also the venue for the Suquet musical festival in July, a popular summertime event. Address: 1 Place de la Castre, Cannes
Musée de la Castre
On a hill overlooking the Bay of Cannes, the Musée de la Castre occupies a former medieval monastery that is now classified as a historic monument. Surrounded by a Mediterranean garden, the site boasts exceptional views of the coastline and sea. The Castre Museum has an excellent collection of Mediterranean antiquities, pre-Columbian primitive art, and 19th-century Provencal landscape paintings. Several small rooms feature exotic art objects from Oceania and the Himalayas. There is also an extensive collection of musical instruments from around the world. Visitors can climb to the top of the building's 12th-century tower to take in the breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Cannes and its surroundings. The museum's interior courtyard also provides a pleasant place to relax and enjoy the natural setting.
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm except on national holidays; Monday through Sunday 10am-7pm in July and August
Admission: Adults €6, youth (under 25 years) €3, groups of ten people €3 per person, free on the first Sunday of every month and for children and youth under 18 years
Guided tours: €9,20 (in English) June 15 - September 15 on Fridays at 2:30pm -- Address: Le Suquet, Cannes
Public Beaches
Cannes is famous for its fine sandy beaches with beautiful views and calm Mediterranean waters ideal for bathing. Including the nearby îles de Lérin and Estérel coastline, there are seven kilometers of beach property in Cannes. With so many options, there is something for every visitor. While many of the beaches in Cannes are private property owned by hotels, there are several beaches open to the public. These include the Macé Beach and the Zamenhof Beach, located off the Boulevard de la Croisette. These beaches charge a small fee (€4 - €7) for use of the lounge chairs and parasols. Hours are from 8:30am-6:30pm during the tourist season. Also available for public use (and free of charge) are the Plage de la Casino along the Boulevard de la Croisette, La Bocca Beach, a gorgeous beach with golden sand, and Mouré Rouge Beach near the fishing ports.
Public-Nudist Beach - Plage de la Batterie 160 Avenue du Maréchal Juin 06400 -- Enter via the stairs and  tunnel from the carpark across the road.The first beach you come to is the  busiest. Head to your left for the quieter of the two .You will need to go down some more stairs and walk along a track. There are 2 small coves to choose from.This is the only Nude Beach in Cannes and all types of people  come here; families, gay, straight  elderly. Voyeurs also frequent this.beach has no showers, toilets and bring your own food & drinks
Private Beaches
As an exclusive seaside resort town, Cannes also has upscale private beaches that require entrance fees of €12 to €18. The most well-known is Midi Plage, a beautiful private beach with a gourmet restaurant at the water's edge. The restaurant serves regional specialties such as bouillabaisse and grilled fish on a lovely terrace. Midi Plage also offers a pleasant sandy beach with reclining lounge chairs and beach umbrellas. Other private beaches in Cannes include the Belle Plage and Royal Plage, both off the Boulevard de la Croisette.
Vieux Port
Emblematic of Cannes' Mediterranean scenery, the Vieux Port (Old Port) lies below the historic Le Suquet quarter. The Vieux Port, also known as Port Cannes I, is located near the Gare Maritime (Marine Railway Station) that was built in 1957. Besides its use as a dock for yachts and other sailboats, the Vieux Port is the launching point for the Royal Regatta. North of the port are the picturesque Allées de la Liberté, narrow ancient alleys lined with shady plane trees. In the mornings the colorful Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market) is held here.
La Californie
This lovely district of Cannes exemplifies glamorous French Riviera scenery. Gorgeous vacation villas are surrounded by lush gardens and palm trees. This charming area is a wonderful place for a relaxing afternoon stroll. Drawn by its beauty, Picasso lived in this neighborhood for a short while. It's easy to understand how the exquisite buildings and vibrant landscape would inspire an artist. Also worth a visit in this neighborhood is the Eglise Russe (Russian Church) on the Boulevard Alexandre.
Chapelle Bellini
Built in 1894 by the Count Vitali, the Chapelle Bellini was once part of a Florentine-style villa and is set in a beautiful park. Identified by the arms of the Count, the chapel features an Italian Baroque design with an impressive clock tower and an interesting wooden staircase inside. The chapel was bought by the artist Emmanuel Bellini in 1953 and then used as his atelier. The Bellini Chapel is now a museum dedicated to the artist's works shown in his own studio space.
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 2pm-5pm Admission: Free entry Address: Parc Fiorentina - 67 bis, Avenue de Vallauris, Cannes
La Malmaison Museum
Housed in the Grand Hôtel built in 1863, Le Malmaison was converted to a museum in 1970. This small museum invites visitors on a wonderful discovery of contemporary art. The museum features temporary exhibits as well as grand expositions on an annual basis. Highlights include the exhibitions dedicated to Picasso, César, and Miró. Address: 47 La Croisette, Cannes - Festivals and Events
Festival d'Art Pyrotechnique (Fireworks Festival) in July and August
For several nights every summer in July and August, the Bay of Cannes lights up with its renowned Fireworks Festival. This unique international event brings together the best fireworks designers from all over the world. The festival began in 1967 and draws thousands of spectators along the beaches of Cannes. Each night of the festival offers excitement and an array of dazzling fireworks. The top pyrotechnic team receives the Vestal Prize at the end of the fireworks competition. Other prizes include the Jury Prize awarded for imagination and creativity. The audience can vote during the competition for their favorite fireworks and the winner is awarded the Prix du Public (Audience's Prize). Fireworks programs begin at 11pm and are open to the public for free viewing. Address: 1 Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes -- Official site: http://www.festival-pyrotechnique-cannes.com/en Nuits Musicales du Suquet (Musical Nights of Le Suquet) - Last Week of July
The Nuits Musicales du Suquet is an annual classical music festival that runs at the end of July. Taking advantage of the balmy Côte d'Azur weather, the event is held outside in the courtyard of the Church of Notre Dame d'Espérance. This world-class festival includes both large symphonic concerts and smaller solo performances by violinists, pianists, and vocalists. The repertoire features a varied list of classical musical pieces from Mozart to Chopin. Hours: Concerts begin at 9:15pm Admission: Adults €24 - €36, youth (under 25 years) €12, children under 10 years €10 Address: Le Suquet, Cannes
Shore Excursions
Best for First-Timers: Nothing beats a guided walking tour of Cannes, which includes the Palace des Festivals, a stroll along La Croisette, a wander into the Forville market and a walk up to Old Town. There, you will find a long tree-lined terrace offering a beautiful view of the city, the harbor, the sea and Sainte-Marguerite Island. The walking tour covers approximately three miles of uneven streets and several uphill inclines. It lasts about three hours.
Best for Romantics: The bus tour to ancient Frejus and the popular resort of Saint-Raphael includes a scenic drive along the Corniche d'Or, Golden Coast, a cliff road offering one of the most beautiful landscapes in all of the French Riviera. There are sweeping panoramic views of red rock mountains framing the brilliant blue sea. Many come to this tucked away corner of Provence to escape the summertime crowds in Cannes and Saint-Tropez in favor of relatively unspoiled natural beauty.
Best for History Buffs: Saint Paul de Vence, with intact city wall ramparts, is one of the oldest medieval villages in France -- and it's also a shopping mecca (a tasteful one) with art galleries, boutiques, artists' studios and antique shops. Built in the 16th century, the walled-in village is located on a rocky spur in the French countryside. Since the 1920's, it has been a favorite destination of artists, illustrators, writers and entertainers, and artist Marc Chagall is buried there. It's a one-hour drive from Cannes, and a half-day excursion includes a guided tour of the village and the cemetery, with free time for shopping.
Dining & Night life
The restaurants of Cannes offer many delectable menu products for probably the most discriminating palates. La Mère Besson concentrates on local Provencal quality recipes, with anything around the menu using the word Provencale connected to the finish sure to become a hit. La Mesclun , Le Maschou and Le Marais are three more magnificent French restaurants. The very best of all is La Palme d'Or within the Hotel Martinez.
The Marché Forville and the surrounding streets are unsurprisingly the best places to search for picnic supplies. For bottles of Côtes de Provence, try Cave du Marché, 5 place Marché Forville (tel. 04-93-99-60-98). It also serves up glasses of local rosé and olive crostini at tables outside. La Compagnie des Saumons, 12 place Marché Forville (tel. 04-93-68-33-20), brims with caviar, bottles of fish soup, and slabs of smoked salmon. Local cheese shop Le Fromage Gourmet, 8 rue des Halles (tel. 04-93-99-96-41), is a favorite of celebrated chef Alain Ducasse. Closer to the seafront, World Pastry Champion Jérôme Oliveira creates fairy-tale desserts in bite sizes—from flower-topped tarts to a pastel rainbow of macarons—at Intuitions by J, 22 rue Bivouac Napoléon (www.patisserie-intuitions.com; tel. 04-63-36-05-07).
Night life in Cannes is definitely a journey. Bettors will like Le Carlton Casino Club. You will have to provide proper identification, and males are required to put on sport jackets and ties. Another spot to lose your hard earned money is Casino Croisette. Once you are broke, mind to among the best spots around, Jimmy's de Régine that is situated easily within the casino itself. The Whiskey a Gogo is always brimming with party enthusiastic patrons.
Cannes includes a vibrant shopping scene. Costs are naturally inflated once the jet-set is within town in May, but all through the year you’ll find good value for money. Promenade de la Croisette is packed permanent with brand boutiques, from Yves Saint Laurent to Hermes. For additional offbeat products, take a look at some unique antiques at Marc Francl. You will find some scrumptious goodies offered at Chez Bruno.
Visit the best food market in Cannes, (except Monday) the Marche Forville, to learn why France is the gastronomic capital of the world. Local farmers of Cannes sell their goods here such as fresh vegetables, fish, cold meats, fresh pasta, cheese, and flowers. Another fact: Interested to buy vintage paintings, jewelries, and books? You’re in luck! The Forville food market becomes a flea market called Marché Brocante on Mondays where you can find all sorts of antique stuff.
Designer Shops -- Most of the big names in fashion line promenade de la Croisette, the main drag running along the sea. Among the most prestigious are Dior, 38 La Croisette (tel. 04-92-98-98-00), and Hermès, 17 La Croisette (tel. 04-93-39-08-90). The stores stretch from the Hôtel Carlton almost to the Palais des Festivals, with the top names closest to the Gray-d’Albion, 38 rue des Serbes (www.lucienbarriere.com; tel. 04-92-99-79-79), both a mall and a hotel (how convenient). Near the train station, department store Galeries Lafayette has all the big-name labels crammed into one smallish space at 6 rue du Maréchal-Foch (www.galerieslafayette.com, tel. 04-97-06-25-00). Young hipsters should try Bathroom Graffiti, 52 rue d’Antibes (tel. 04-93-39-02-32), for sexy luggage, bikinis, and designer homeware. The rue d’Antibes is also brilliant for big-brand bargains (Zara and MaxMara), as well as one-off boutiques.
Markets -- The Marché Forville, in place Marché Forville just north of the Vieux Port, is a covered stucco structure with a few arches but no walls. From Tuesday to Sunday, 7am to 1pm, it’s the fruit, vegetable, and flower market that supplies the dozens of restaurants in the area. Monday (8am–6pm) is brocante day, when the market fills with dealers selling everything from Grandmère’s dishes and bone-handled carving knives to castaways from estate sales. Tuesdays to Sundays, 8am to 12:30pm, the small Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market) takes place outdoors along the edges of the allée de la Liberté, across from the Palais des Festivals.

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