An internationally renowned destination, the luxurious town of Cannes is where a number of France’s most deluxe hotels are located. Many will be familiar with the annual Cannes Film Festival which takes place in the middle of May, and it won’t be long before you are retracing the steps of many of the world’s most famous actors. Stroll along La Croisette and the sandy coast of Cannes where the views of the beach are picturesque and there is a wonderful choice of cafes and restaurants; discover streets lined with the most famous and expensive designer shops and stores. When on holiday in Cannes take a boat trip from the yacht-lined harbour to the Lerin Islands (Les Iles de Lerins) and visit the fortress of Ile Ste Marguerite.
Top 3 Things to do in Cannes.
Boulevard de la Croissette
In Cannes, the center of tourist activity is the Boulevard de la Croisette which extends eastward from the new Palais des Festivals along the Rade de Cannes, with its fine sandy beach; from it there is a magnificent view of the gulf and the offshore Lerin Islands. The boulevard is dominated by luxury hotels - some from the Belle Epoque period - and high class shops.
In the yacht harbor lies the pirate ship Neptune, built as the backdrop for an adventure film.
The eastern section of the boulevard bends south at the fine Parc de la Roseraie, skirts the new port layout of the Port Pierre Canto and ends at the southern tip of the Pointe de la Croisette by the Port du Palm-Beach. On the east side of the peninsula the pleasant Boulevard Eugène- Gazagnaire, with its fine beach, leads north to the Port du Moure Rouge.
The Palais des Festivals
On the east side of the Old Port in Cannes, at boulevard de la Croisette 1, stands the Palais des Festivals, opened in 1982. It is an impressive complex of buildings with three large auditoriums; the most modern technical apparatus includes sound studios, simultaneous translation arrangements, audio-visual equipment and large projectors. There are 11 conference rooms, two exhibition halls (one of which has 14,000sq.m/160,745sq.ft of undivided useable space), a night-club and a restaurant. This is where the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival is held.
Vieux Port de Cannes
To the east below the Old Town of Cannes lies the Vieux Port, or Old Port, also known as Port Cannes, at its northeastern corner is the Gare Maritime (Marine Railway Station), built in 1957. To the north the port is bordered by the pretty Allées de la Liberté which are lined with plane trees. In the mornings the fine Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market) is held here. At the western end of the Allées stands the Hôtel de Ville, or Town Hall, built in 1874-76. The Rue Félix-Faure, which runs parallel on the north, and its eastern extension, the Rue d'Antibes, are the town's main shopping streets.