Experience the Cannes Film Festival

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Coming to Cannes during the Film Festival? Here are some suggestions for what to do!

1. Check out the opening and closing ceremonies for the film festival. Try to catch a glimpse of the stars and experience the spectacle first hand. Head to Mistral, which is close enough to the Palais des Festivales to spy on the parade of celebrities. Cannes is a glamorous place and this is the perfect way to soak up the event!

2. Take advantage of the sandy beaches. Cannes is in the heart of the French Riviera, on the Mediterranean coast of France. Don't forget to take advantage of the hot sun and crystal blue waters while strolling down the Boulevard de la Croisette or checking out Plages de la Bocca, Plages du Midi, Plage du Casino, and Plage Gazagnaire. For a private experience, head to L’Ecrin and be tamed by the soothing Cannois waves over a chilled glass of rosé. 

4. Cannes is a great destination for relaxation. Visit the Thermes Marins de Cannes, the only thalassotherapy (seawater therapy) center on the bay of Cannes. It forms part of the Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel, which includes a rooftop bar that boasts a panoramic view of the Bay of Cannes.

5. Eat the food! Cannes, like everywhere in France, is known for its gastronomy. Since it is also host to a major entertainment event yearly, Cannes is filled with amazing restaurants and local favorites. For lighter fare, seek out local tapenade or ratatouille and when sampling seafood, and of course the southern specialty bouillabaisse is a must. For the ultimate restaurant experience, head to Restaurant Mantel, which
establishes an intimate and congenial dining experience. The menu adopts the première selection of the season, from nearby Marché Forville, into exquisite plates, homemade breads and patisseries. For a two-star experience, indulge in the menu at La Pame d’Or at Hotel Martinez, which is as famous as it is VIP-filled.

6. If you're feeling lucky, try out the casino in the Palais des Festivals. It's right in the heart of the action and bound to be filled with celebrities.

7. Be a star! You're in Cannes with the rich & famous. Appreciate the art of cinema alongside the French "art de vivre" and you're bound to have a great time.

Rendez-vous in Cannes

A stunning "World Village"

Cannes enjoys an international reputation. It has welcomed the great and good of this world for nearly two centuries. It is also home to the most famous film festival. But what do we really know about the city? It’s not all frivolity - an obsession with red carpets and evening gowns. It has a more serious side too – busy with business events for a large portion of the year. It has a reputation for being modern, cosmopolitan, and a fashion trend setter which is undoubtedly true! But it has also lovingly preserved its roots and its traditions, an authenticity that can be enjoyed by the visitors that slip away from the Croisette to savour the picturesque charm of a Mediterranean city. We think of it as timeless, with its palace hotels from the last century, its chic districts, its tranquil bay and its islands where time has stood still. But there’s more to it than meets the eye! Inventive, audacious, responsive, dynamic, Cannes constantly reinvents itself. Each new season brings a crop of new features: charming hotels, cultural trips… So, like Socrates, it’s best to come here with an open mind: “The only thing I know for certain is that I know nothing”. You are cordially invited to stroll around and explore our lovely city with new eyes.

Do not miss

  • The Suquet and the Old Port : the hill of the "Suquet" is where Cannes began. We suggest you start your tour of Cannes with the old town. You can reach it from various angles, taking steeply sloping narrow streets, crisscrossed with picturesque flights of winding steps where the pedestrian is king. Visit the ramparts, the Musée de la Castre, the
    square tower and the church. Admire the view over the city, the port, the
    Croisette, the Iles de Lérins and a substantial portion of the Bay of Cannes, Forville market with its rows of food shops (butchers, fishmongers, bakers, cheese merchants, etc). The old port unfurls below the Suquet. The oldest section, "Quai St Pierre", dates from 1838 and accommodates old sailing ships as well as speedboats. In September, sailboats set out from the harbor for the Royal Regattas.
  • Rue Meynadier : Rue Meynadier is a
    pedestrian street leading out of the old town of the Suquet. It is full of
    wonderful food shops like the famous cheese shop Cénéri, the delicatessen
    Ernest, the delights of Jean-luc Pélé, Provencal specialities - and a host of colourful
  • Palais des Festivals et des Congrès : the history of the
    "Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes" is closely linked to
    that of the Cannes Film Festival. An initial building was constructed on the
    Croisette to host this leading event in 1947, where JW Marriott currently
    stands. In light of the increasing success of the Film Festival, and the
    emergence of business tourism - notably with the first MIPTV conference back in
    1965 - the city of Cannes decided to construct a new Conference Centre in 1979,
    on the site of the Municipal Casino. In total, the Palais des Festivals now has
    44,000 m² of exhibition space and 15 auditoriums. Each year, it hosts over 50
    international trade events and 300,000 delegates, making Cannes the second most
    popular business tourism destination in France. A world first: After becoming
    the first European congress centre to receive triple certification, the Palais
    des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes continued its commitment in 2012 by
    signing up to the ISO 26000 voluntary standard for Corporate Social
    Responsibility, thereby confirming its target level of excellence.
  • Star-studded pavement : film directors, actors and other
    international celebrities from the 7th Art now leave a print of their hands and
    their signature on the Allée des Étoiles du Cinéma, for posterity, like in Los
    Angeles at the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Over 300 hand prints
    have been made so far, to the delight of movie fans and visitors. Admire them
    in front of Palais des Festivals on Esplanade Pompidou and in the parks.
  • La Croisette : in 1850, the Croisette was nothing more than a path running
    parallel to the sea across sand dunes. The Croisette is now an avenue renowned
    for its prestigious shops and the luxury hotels that have established Cannes'
    history, including the Carlton, the Grand
    Hyatt Martinez, and
    the Majestic.
  • Markets : the cool of early morning is the perfect time to take a look
    around Forville market. The fragrance of thyme, verbena and basil fills the
    air. The market sellers sing out the virtues of local produce in their lilting
    accent: tomatoes, olive oil, freshly-caught fish, tasty aniseed biscuits… A
    stroll around Forville market is like exploring the whole of Provence, taking a
    delicious journey steeped in the atmosphere of the South.
  • Rue d’Antibes : rue d’Antibes, the former imperial royal road linking Toulon to
    Antibes, is the ultimate shopping street! To attract the 19th century English colonists,
    many shops, such as chemists, greengrocers and tailors adopted a Franco-English
    style. Today, all the major international High Street names are to be found on
    Rue d'Antibes. You can also admire its architectural environment, with
    buildings from the 19th century, beautiful doors bearing the initials of their
    first owners, ironwork, and sculptures by Pellegrini dating from 1883 at no.
    101 as well as the former Cannes theatre with its facades decorated with masks.
  • Lérins Islands : a short boat ride from the Croisette, opposite Cannes Bay,
    the Lérins Islands are a welcoming sight. Enjoying an unspoilt natural setting,
    these beauty spots in the Mediterranean offer visitors a unique combination of
    flora and fauna as well as an unusual history that includes the mysteries of
    the Man in the Iron Mask and the calm of Cistercian monks. There is a lot to
    explore and the boat is waiting: come on board!


  • Cannes
    Muséums : 
    le musée de la Castre, la Malmaison, le musée
    de la mer et l'espace Miramar.
  • Casinos
  • Shopping: Fashion boutiques, perfumeries, jewellers, florists, haute-couture
    boutiques, confectionery, tea rooms, beauty institutes, home decoration shop:
    La Croisette, Rue d’Antibes, rue Meynadier, rue Hoche, rue Commandant André and
    la Bocca are waiting for you!
  • Well-Being : Thermal Cures, Thalassotherapy, or Spa…this is the time to indulge? Cannes is a natural well-being destination thanks to its mild
    climate, the sunshine, the beauty of the landscape and its location on the
    Mediterranean. The sea being a living and beneficial element, Cannes offers you
    to test these specific treatments, rich in trace elements, to restore your
    energy, your muscle tone, peace, and calmness. You will also discover various
    ways to revitalize your body or simply to relax. Fresh water treatments,
    massages, sauna or hamman, you are sure to find the good treatment to suit you!
  • Golf Courses: Whether you are a beginner or experienced player, you can try the
    most beautiful 18-hole courses around Cannes. There are 10 golf courses only a
    few kilometers away from La Croisette so you can enjoy playing as much as you
    like in beautiful natural surroundings… A
    golf week is planned twice a year with special rates.

Getting there

  • By car : A8
    motorway exit no 42 (Mougins-Cannes) or 41 (Mandelieu-Cannes la Bocca).
  • By air : Nice
    Côte d’Azur Airport, 30km from Cannes. Express Autoroute coach n° 210 between
  • By train: From abroad Tel.: +33 (0) 892 35 35 35

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This article originally appeared in Luxury Link Magazine

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