While it might be renowned for its film festival, there is more to Cannes that meets the eye. What is now one of the social hubs in all of Europe once started out as a small fishing village on the French Riviera. This expensive and glamourous seaside town has plenty to offer, and we will take you through a number of the different sights.
Dynamic and entertaining
Cannes is an entertaining and dynamic city. While it might be renowned for being the capital of cinema and playing host to some of the most renowned international event, that is not all that you can expect here. When staying in Cannes, it can be easy to reach other attractive cities by train. A few of the different options include St. Tropez, Monaco and Nice.
Îles de Lérins
If you are looking for a place worth visiting, look no further than these two islands in the bay. The smaller of the two is St. Honorat. This small island is home to a ruined castle and a monastery. Once you get here, you can get some unique souvenirs, including monastery-made food/drink products such as wine. If you want to participate in the abbey life for a few days, it is possible to enjoy a hostel stay at the Abbaye Notre Dame de Lérins.
Île Sainte-Marguerite is the larger island of the two. This island is home to restaurants, bars, shops, and a castle. You can get some shade from the palm trees, a quiet cove, and just swimming around the rocky coves for a little while. It is possible to get a ferry that travels to these islands every hour – starting at seven in the morning.
Explore the port
If you want to explore the yachts of the rich and famous, you can look around the port of Cannes. You are going to see some amazing yachts that might astound you. If you want to explore the true mega-yachts, you will have to travel to Antibes and visit the International Yacht Club.
The beaches – spectacular sands
There are more than 7 kilometers of fine sand and azure-blue waters found across the beaches in Cannes. There are some public beaches (think Mourre Rouge and La Bocca), but there are also some expensive private beaches such as La Croisette and Boulevard Jean Hibert. For those who love the sunshine (le farniente), Cannes is truly an amazing location.
La Croisette Boulevard, also known as Boulevard de la Croisette is renowned for being the living embodiment of what Cannes is. It offers glittering nightlife spots, designer shops, and luxury hotels that line this neighborhood along the curving coast. The famous sandy beaches are on the other side of the boulevard. This is truly a spectacular way to see everything that lovely Cannes has to offer.
Named after 18th century French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Fragonard is one of the most famous perfume factories in the world. You can find the rustic factory located in the heart of Old Town, dating back all the way to 1782.
Taking a tour of the factory introduces you to the various pieces of equipment and processes that are used to make and package fragrance products. It is also recommended that you visit the charming museum after the tour. Here you can find vintage vases and perfume bottles that highlight more than 3000 years of the parfumerie industry.
Palais des Festivals
The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès (the Film Festival Palace) was built in 1982, and it offers events in Cannes throughout the year. The most notable and famous is obviously the Cannes Film Festival. With 18 auditoriums and 25,000 square meters available for exhibitions, the massive complex looks intimidating enough. The original stems back from 1949, but there was a new development in 1982 to accommodate the growing popularity of the film festival. Nowadays it is a contemporary building that is home to a number of other events, including the International Television Programme Market and international music trade show MIDEM.
A luxury stay – Hotel Majestic Barriere
Cannes is already renowned for its lavish luxury and tremendous opulence – meaning that it takes a special type of hotel to stand out as a luxury option in Cannes. Yet Hotel Majestic Barriere manages to do just that. This landmark luxury hotel is a two-minute walk from the beach and overlooks the sea. The La Croisette Casino Barrière is only a four-minute walk removed as well. The rooms are lavishly decorated and truly defined, with flat-screen televisions, minibars, shower or tubs, and sea view balconies on some rooms.
Some of the other amenities include a fitness center, an outdoor pool and a private beach, and a luxury spa. There is a gourmet French restaurant onsite that has a terrace with a stylish eatery. If you want to explore Cannes with a great luxury base, this hotel offers everything that you could want.