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.
Climb the Suquet Hill
A few stairs to reach a nice lookout of the city.
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.
Have a Feast of Seafood
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.
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!
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…
Spend the Night in a Palace…
…or charter a yacht. For the glam experience, you know.
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).
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!