Cannes was a sleepy fishing village that turned into a luxury resort on the French Riviera. Once a year it becomes the center of world cinematography.
Cannes is located about 30 km from Nice towards Saint-Tropez. The city does not offer many monuments and museums, but it is a luxury resort of the French Riviera. Tourists from all over the world come here to walk along the seaside boulevard and relax on a sandy beach in the city center. Once a year Cannes is visited by real crowds of guests who want to shine in the splendor of Hollywood stars. All thanks to the famous Cannes Film Festival.
Cannes – a luxurious resort on the French Riviera
Formerly Cannes was a small fishing village. The transformation into a luxurious Mediterranean resort began the Scottish lord Henry Brougham in the first half of the 19th century. He settled in the village and began to praise her values among his friends. English and Russian aristocrats quickly began to come to Cannes and build their magnificent villas here. Lord Brougham’s monument can be seen in the city center, next to the Mc Donald’s restaurant.
Nowadays, the city has two different faces. During the year it is a pleasant and peaceful seaside resort, and in May it becomes the capital of the film.
What to see in Cannes?
There are not many attractions in the city, but several places are definitely worth visiting:
- Promenade de la Croisette (Boulevard de la Croisette) – this seaside promenade is 2 km long and a walk along it allows you to observe life in Cannes. Along the way, you’ll see luxury hotels and sunbathers on the sandy beach. It’s worth taking a seat on one of the iconic blue chairs!
- Palais des Festivals – this building is the center of the Cannes Film Festival. The famous stairs with a red carpet can be photographed throughout the year. Near the palace, there is a small pavement avenue of handprints of famous stars and film producers.
- Old Town (le Suquet) – the small Old Town is located on a small hill just behind the Old Port. From above you can admire the beautiful panorama of the city and visit the city museum.
- Old Port – in the Old Port, luxury yachts and small fishing boats are moored. It’s the perfect place for photos with a nice background. From the port, ferries leave for the nearby Lerins Islands, which are worth a visit.
- Sandy beach – the beach in the city is sandy, but most of it is occupied by private restaurants and luxury hotels. However, you can find some space for yourself.
- The Lérins Islands – two islands visible from the shore of Cannes are a true paradise on earth! They are densely covered with lush vegetation, and walking routes on the islands allow for close contact with nature. the largest of the islands – the island of St. Margaret also houses an abandoned town with a fort where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned. The smaller island is owned by the Benedictines who produce their wine and oil there. Ferries are available for both islands at a price of around €14 per trip. The trip to the chosen island takes only approx. 15-20 minutes.
It is best to visit Cannes during the Film Festival in May. The city is experiencing a real invasion of tourists, but it exudes the unique atmosphere of an international resort.
Hotels in Cannes
There are several luxury hotels in Cannes. Film stars are staying in them during the Film Festival. Therefore, if your budget permits, it is worth staying at these hotels:
- InterContinental Carlton
- Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic
- Hotel Martinez
- Radisson Blue
- Five Seas Hotel
In the city you will also find tourist class hotels. I will soon describe them in a separate article.
How to get to Cannes?
The easiest way to get to Cannes is by a regional TER train from Nice (Gare SNCF Nice Ville). The journey takes about 40 minutes and costs about €7,50 one way. It takes much longer to travel by bus number 200 from Nice – almost 2 hours. However, it is much cheaper, because a one-way ticket costs only €1,50.
The train and bus stations are located next to each other in the city center.