The Best of Cannes

Having spent a lot of time in Cannes since my earliest childhood, I have a special relation with this famous city of the French Riviera. Everybody knows about its glamorous Film Festival, but beyond the glitzy image Cannes is an authentic Provençal town with a lot to see and do.

The iconic view of yachts and the Suquet, Cannes
The iconic view of yachts and the Suquet hill

Climb the Suquet Hill

A few stairs to reach a nice lookout of the city.

Cannes from the Suquet
Cannes from the Suquet hill

 

Relax on the Beaches

Everyone knows about the Croisette, but for a real cannois experience head to the more quiet (and more beautiful) beaches of Cannes-la-Bocca.

Palm trees in the sand near la Croisette, Cannes
Palm trees in the sand near la Croisette

 

Moure Rouge beach in Cannes-la-Bocca
Moure Rouge beach in Cannes-la-Bocca

 

Have a Feast of Seafood

Chez Astoux  is the place to go for the most fresh seafood in town.

Seafood from Astoux, Cannes
Seafood from Astoux

 

Live Like a Local

Visit the small food shops of Meynadier street and the Forville market for your groceries (who said we need supermarkets…?). If you are not on a mood to cook, have lunch at the hidden Bistrot du Quatre.

Forville market in Cannes
Forville market

 

Meynadier street in Cannes
Meynadier street

 

Escape Winter

Indulged by Mediterranean climate, winter in Cannes is warm and sunny (bye-bye scarves and gloves!). Wintertime also means less crowds and snow in the nearby mountains. Add to that odorous orange trees, bright mimosa flowers, blooming almond trees, and visiting during the crushing summer heat becomes total non-sense!

Cannes and the Alps
Cannes and the snow-capped Alps

 

Mimosa flowers in Cannes
Mimosa flowers

 

Almond trees in bloom, Cannes
Almond trees in bloom

 

Orange trees in Cannes
Orange trees

 

Pay Attention to Details

Cannes is the international city of the cinema. In fact, from bus stops to street art, cinema is subtly present everywhere…

Marylin in Cannes
Marylin

 

Window in Cannes
A window, Provençal style

 

Spend the Night in a Palace…

…or charter a yacht. For the glam experience, you know.

The famous Carlton hotel in Cannes
The famous Carlton hotel

 

Yachts, a common sight (Cannes)
Yachts, a common sight

 

Venture Beyond the City Limits

The densely populated French Riviera stretches all the way from St-Tropez to Menton, meaning there is plenty of things to do. Different places along the coastline are easily reached by train (board a TER that stops at every station). Nature-lovers can visit the Estérel and its beautiful red rocks (west of Cannes), or take the very picturesque train des pignes from Nice towards the mountains. If you are more into cities spend a day Monaco, one of the world’s smallest countries (and the most bling-bling one for sure).

Estérel's red rocks
Estérel’s red rocks

 

Pierre Cardin's Palais Bulles, near the Estérel
Pierre Cardin’s Palais Bulles, near the Estérel

 

Panorama of Monaco
Panorama of Monaco

Wether you enjoy a luxurious lifestyle or a more laid-back approach, Cannes has something for you. Come in May during the Film Festival and stay in a high-end palace for the glam experience, or visit during the calm winter months to explore this authentic Provençal town and its surroundings in depth. Either way one thing is sure: you will love it!

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