Cannes Travel Summary

The French Riviera is synonymous with glamour and wealth – and when it comes to prestige, Cannes is the crown jewel.   Home to the famous Cannes Film Festival, the city comes to life with film stars each year for the event. But you don’t have to be a big-shot to feel like a star here. Head to Palm Beach to take a dip and bask in the sunshine. Stroll down the famous mile-long La Croisette and take in the views of the marina.

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The Cannes Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Cannes:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

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1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town

You will probably of heard of all the glitz and glamour of Cannes through the famous Cannes Film festival.  This famous resort certainly does not disappoint with its private beaches, marinas filled with luxury yachts, stylish boulevards, elegant Belle Époque hotels, fashionable restaurants and you can see why it is an ideal destination for the an international film festival.

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Leafy palm trees grace the beautiful Boulevard de la Croisette along with all the top fashion boutiques and fantastically kept hotels and their grounds.   In the 19th century Cannes became a prized holiday destination for the aristocracy, who came to relax and take in the seaside air on the French Riviera. The city’s villas flourished, characterised by the elegant Belle-Époque style, as well as Baroque, Classic and Art Deco styles, villas that are today listed as historical monuments: Villa Rothschild (now the city library), Villa Romée and Villa Domergue.

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Art and history lovers will love the the Musée de la Castre, located on the heights of the old city, in the former medieval castle. Collections of primitive art pieces and Mediterranean antiquities are exhibited here, along with 19th-century paintings. Take advantage of your visit to the museum to stroll through the Le Suquet district, the oldest in the city, and immerse yourself in the pleasant atmosphere of its picturesque little lanes with their unique charm.

Cannes Mondrian

2. What to See

 

La Croisette:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • La Croisette is where smartest Belle Époque hotels and fashionable restaurants many of which have their own private beaches
  • Watch Cannes’ chicest residents walking their dogs, jogging, or just sitting down and having a chat on one of the chairs lining the route
  • La Croisette is also lined with famous international designer brands including Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Valentino and Cartier
  • Plenty of bars and restaurants can be found along both sides – beach clubs on the beach, and swanky eateries on the shopping side

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La Croix-des-Gardes:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The largest remaining estate on the Cote D’Azur, this legendary Belle Époque property is an homage to the glory days of the French Riviera. With unparalleled 360-degree views, the Lérins Islands and the Mediterranean Sea, and the snowy mountains, this property embodies the enduring romance of the Cote D’Azur
  • Situated high above Cannes on the lush Crois des Gardes hill, the property became infamous in 1955 as the set of Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief”, starring megastars Grace Kelly and Cary Grant
  • The iconic scene in the film showcases the drive up the winding mountain road that leads to the Château de la Croix des Gardes, passing through 25 acres of French formal gardens, filled with eucalyptus and cypress trees, dwarf palms, cacti, and lavender shrubs

 

Le Vieux Port:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Le Vieux Port (old port) in Cannes is a picturesque port for fishing boats & yachts situated at westerly end of La Croisette

Le Suquet:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Le Suquet is the name given to the Old Town area of Cannes, and this picturesque neighbourhood is a must-see
  • In addition to the historic architecture found throughout Le Suquet, part of its charm is accredited to the fact that the Old Town is traffic-free, giving pedestrians ample space to explore Le Suquet’s courtyards, narrow staircases, and old city walls
  • Le Suquet is easily walkable from central Cannes; enjoy a leisurely climb through the steep, winding streets or alternatively take the petit train that runs up the hill
  • Once at the top, history is at your fingertips as you wander the cobbled lanes and take in the beautiful gothic architecture. This district is perfect for those who want to discover the secrets of Cannespast whilst soaking up stunning views over the bay
  • The oldest parts of the quarter, such as the Chateau de la Castre castle, were built by local monks and date back to the 12th century AD
  • At the very top of the historic hill, you find the gothic Notre Dame de l’Esperance church. It was built in the style of a fortress during the 16th-17th century AD when the narrow, meandering streets of Le Suquet were home to local fishermen

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