Cannes : The Guide
France’s most glamorous city is internationally renowned for its International Film Festival but conceals a few secrets, even mysteries, that deserve a break during your stay. Far from rhinestones and glitter, Cannes reveals a Provencal charm that will enchant you.
From the famous Croisette to the authentic Suquet and the Man in Iron Mask island, Excellence takes you on a discovery of Cannes. Follow the guide!
Cannes is an iconic destination on the French Riviera, unveiled by Lord Brougham during the Belle Epoque. Its legendary palaces still dominate the Croisette and bear witness of the imprint left by the English aristocracy. But Cannes did not wait for Lord Brougham to build its history, as the charming medieval town of Le Suquet, which overlooks the port of Cannes, testifies. The Cistercian Abbey of the Lérins Islands enriches this history by giving it an important spiritual footprint.
In addition to the precious historical heritage, the cultural richness of Cannes is illustrated by the significant events that the city hosts: Film Festival, Lions, MIPCOM… all related to the audiovisual, music and film industry.
Cannes is also and above all a privileged seaside resort on the French Riviera: from its lively beach restaurants all year round to the magical creeks of the Lerins Islands, there are many spots to enjoy the Cannes way of life.
Choosing Cannes means choosing a destination that is both glamorous and authentic.
The winter season is punctuated by the major conferences and trade shows that take over the Palais des Festivals. The city then takes on the face of a metropolis with a very cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The International Film Festival marks the start of the summer season. Well-known to travellers who wish to enjoy the energy of Cannes nights, summer in Cannes is mainly focused on the Mediterranean. It is the ideal time to bask on the private beaches of the Croisette or to sail between the two Lerins Islands aboard a yacht.
Between the two seasons, life in Cannes is peaceful, and the sunshine is constant. For peaceful travel and to enjoy the attractions of the Côte d’Azur without the crowds, April and September would be the perfect time to visit.
Cannes is in the heart of the French Riviera. Located just thirty kilometres from the Côte d’Azur capital Nice, there are many ways to access the city of cinema.
Two airports serve Cannes, including Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport, which you can reach onboard a commercial flight. If you are travelling on a private jet, you can land directly at the Cannes-Mandelieu business aviation airport.
To get to the centre of Cannes, car rental services with or without a driver are a practical solution.
However, to save precious time, helicopters remain the perfect solution. The Quai du Large helipad, at the tip of the Old Port, offers an exclusive alternative to reach Cannes.
For those who are scared of air and road transport, the train remains an option. The Cannes train station is ideally located, just a few meters from the Palais des Festivals.
A stay in Cannes multiplies the possibilities to transform a dull day’s holiday into an exceptional moment.
Embark aboard a yacht and drop the anchor in the Lerins Islands. Take advantage of this mysterious setting to visit the royal fort on Sainte-Marguerite Island and discover the cell of the legendary man in an iron mask. Have lunch on board or at La Tonnelle, the restaurant of the brothers of the Cistercian Abbey on the neighbouring island of Saint-Honorat.
In Cannes, strolling through the Forville market and then through the medieval town of Le Suquet is another ideal morning, close to local life. You can then have lunch at the BFire, the Majestic beach restaurant run by the great chef Mauro Colagreco and relax on one of the private beaches of the Croisette.
You can also succumb to the plethora of designer boutiques and jewellers that are spread out between the Croisette and Rue d’Antibes.
The Cannes parties that take place during the International Film Festival are legendary. The largest palaces and private villas host the most popular soirées on the international scene.
Every summer, Cannes hosts the International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art. A unique opportunity to admire the most beautiful fireworks from your yacht, from the beach or your hotel room balcony.
Outside major events, the nightlife in Cannes remains rich. Enjoy rooftops such as the Roof of the Five Hotel where chef Arnaud Tabarec showcases the most exquisite Mediterranean products on his plates. After a real taste experience, you can sip a tasty cocktail on the Roof’s terrace.
To extend the night, head to the Baôli or Gotha, where the golden youth of the Côte d’Azur and the most prominent international celebrities are milling about.
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