Steeped in luxury, glitz and glamour, Cannes has always been associated as a gateway and a holiday retreat for the rich and the famous. Residing on the French Riviera, this picturesque and exquisite city today paints a wealthy picture compared to the small fishing village it once used to be. This resort town is truly a paradise for it boasts of sun-kissed golden beaches, sparkling crystal-clear waters, sprawling and opulent yachts, beautiful villas, stylish boulevards, fashionable chic boutiques sporting designer labels and fine dining.
Come May, the streets are a bustling maze of A-list celebrities, film-makers from all over the globe, fashionistas, world-famous designers, elite guests, paparazzi and media. The Festival de Cannes (Film Festival) is one of the most well-known and acclaimed events in the planet. A lot of the glamour associated with Cannes is due to the international recognition and attention this festival receives. Palais des Festivals et des Congresis is the venue for the legendary film festival where famous stars sparkle in fashionable gowns and dapper tuxedos while taking the red carpet by storm. The impressive structure has been the home for several global events such as the G20 Summit, the international music trade show MIDEM, and the MIPTV (International Television Programme Market). Be sure to capture memorable snapshots on the steps leading to the entrance of the iconic building.
Stroll down the elegant Boulevard de la Croisette to marvel at the grand villas and high-end boutiques. Popular for being one of the most stylish neighborhood in the French Riviera, this palm-tree lined street is a major tourist hub brimming with chic designer outlets, classy Belle Epoque hotels and upscale restaurants. Relax and lounge around on the soft sandy beach while witnessing the magnificent sunset.
Move beyond the fashionable and the trendy to experience and soak up the cultural heritage of the city by heading over to Le Suquet (Old Town). Wander around the narrow winding pathways to come across delightful treasures such as ancient churches like Eglise Paroissiale Saint Joseph? and Notre Dame d'Esperance, 11th-century Tour du Mont Chevalier watchtower offering breathtaking shots of the beach and the bay until Lerins Islands and the Musee de la Castre (Castre Museum) that resides in a medieval castle and showcases an exquisite collection of 19th century Riviera landscape art, musical instruments & ethnographic items.
Only a 15-miunute boat ride away, history buffs can take a trip to St Marguerite Island to learn more about the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask who was imprisoned in a cell at the Fort of St Marguerite during the 17th century. Another island that is worth visiting is the St Honorat Island, inhabited by a small community of Cistercian monk. These monks spend their time by offering their daily prayers as well as producing sparkling red and white wines. The old Viex Port is also a good place to taste delicious wine and admire the heady mix of luxury yachts and tiny fishing boats. Nearby is Allees des Stars, a pavement adorned with hand prints of famous celebrities who have visited the town.
Shopping in glorious in Cannes for it is one of the most fashionable retreats in the globe with it's endless upscale boutiques sporting designer labels and international brands. Get your retail therapy started with a plethora of high-end outlets including the likes of Chanel, Dior and Gucci in La Croisette. Those with sweet tooth should stroll around Rue d'Antibes for the confiseries, chocolatiers and delicatessens are based in this locality. Sporting a market vibe, rue Meynadier is a bustling shopping district offering goods in reasonable rates. Located at the west end of rue Meynardiers, be sure to head over to Marche Forville for it offers the choicest fruits, vegetables and different types of French cheese.
Elegant and classy fine dining in upscale restaurants or a quick bite in a quaint cafe are both possible for eating options are plenty in this magnificent city. Even though Cannes is known to cater to the rich and the famous with it's best luxury hotels and sprawling villas, it does have it's share of budget and cheap accommodations and modest apartments for the penny pinchers as well.
Cannes experiences Mediterranean climate. The best time to visit Cannes is during Spring and Autumn for the temperatures are relatively pleasant.