So you’ve visited the busy streets of Nice (Part 1) and the historical seaside town of Antibes (Part 2), but now you’re aching to get done up and experience the glamour and luxury of Cannes. As with any cities in the French Riviera, Cannes is best accessed by train, and is located just south of Antibes.
Cannes Film Festival
If you’re planning a trip to the French Riviera, you may consider timing with some world-class events that occur in the area. Every May, the world’s most famous film – The Cannes Film Festival – attracts A-list celebrities and directors from around the world to turn this city into a star-studded attraction. If you’re up for it, consider keeping Nice or another nearby city as your home base, since accommodations in Cannes will run you a pretty penny during this time. But hey, it’ll be worth it when you run into George Clooney or Naomi Watts in the lobby of the InterContinental Carlton Cannes. More hotels to see celebrities.
The Red Carpet
A sure-fire way to see celebrities, is at the red-carpet outside the Palais des Festivals before screenings. But, the caveat is – you have to get there early! That means standing for 3 or more hours before they start to arrive. And, if you’ve ever been in a mob, you’ll understand when I say, if you’re slightly claustrophobic, it’s not for you. Still, it’s worth foot sacrifice for your own photos, autographs and maybe a hand touch from your favourite celebrity.
Promenade de la Croisette
A centre of tourist activity, this 3 km long sea-side catwalk is lined with boutiques, luxury hotels and casinos. This area has the smallest beach space, with the most expensive beach-side restaurants and is typically crowded during festival season.
“The promenade of La Croisette is one of the most appreciated jewels of the city of Cannes. Linking the beach and the city, the Croisette is considered an attractive promenade par excellence” – written in 1943, unknown.
If you were looking for sand beaches in the French Rivera, then you’ve found it in Cannes! The bright blue, yellow and red colourful umbrellas lined up and down the beach will attract any sun worshiper.
Cannes beach coastline spans 7.5 kms and can be divided into 5 beach zones: Gazagnaire, the furthest east; Port Canto near the port of the same name; La Croisette near the Palais; Boulevard de Midi west of the town centre; La Bocca in a residential neighborhood furthest west. Many beaches are private especially in La Croisette area and can cost up to €30 for a day’s use (including sunbed and shade). View map of Cannes beaches.