Cannes is a bustling town set along the coast and fringed by the turquoise Mediterranean sea. Famous for its world renowned annual Film Festival, Cannes offers visitors a year round wealth of culture and sunshine drenched beaches.

About Cannes

Cannes – Cannes is the definitive Riviera resort, a real place of fantasy. Immaculate hotels, exclusive beaches, glamorous yachts, designer boutiques and the odd celebrity. The flip side is that it’s also possible to bathe for free on superb sandy beaches, pick up a bargain on the markets or eat sumptuously for less than you would in an average British restaurant.

 

Boulevard de la Croisette this beautiful broad promenade runs all the way from the Vieux Port to the Cap de la Croisette, with little blue chairs along much of the way where you can watch the world go by. The seafront is the home of some palatial hotels such as the ‘Carlton Intercontinental’ and the more modern ‘Martinez’. After dinner in the apartment, or at one of the numerous restaurants in the area, La Croisette is perfect for a stroll to enjoy the ambience of this great town.

   

Rue d’Antibes and the streets surrounding it are home to the South of France’s most extensive array of luxury shops, names such as Luis Vuitton, Bulgari, Cartier and Pierre Cardin. It is around here also that the famous Cannes nightlife is centred. That having been said the western edge of the Rue d’Antibes houses many budget shops and even in the designer shops it is often possible to pick up a bargain particularly towards the end of a season.

Cannes Restaurants are many and varied and getting a meal even into the early hours should not present a problem. Of course there are gourmet restaurants, but a wide range of more easily affordable restaurants abound and finding a restaurant or café that serves good food to suit any budget will prove easy.

 

Free Beaches are extensive to the west of Le Suquet along the boulevard du Midi, with plenty of kiosks selling snacks, drinks and ice creams. The kids will be happy to spend their whole holidays in Cannes here!

Le Suquet is the old own, named after the hill on which it stands. In the 11th Century it became the property of the monks of the Iles des Lerins and a castle built by them in 1088, still stands. Originally the home of the city’s poorer residents it has become increasingly chic, although still less overtly trendy than the streets behind La Croisette.

Iles de Lerins are a 15 minute ferry ride from Cannes and a haven from the hurly burly of daily life in Cannes. Boats for both islands (St-Marguerite & St-Honorat) leave from the Quai des Iles at the end of the Quai Max-Laubeuf and run frequently, particularly during the summer months.

Further afield

Cannes is an ideal base for exploring the Côte d’Azur. There’s no need for a car and with Cannes railway station only five minutes away, it’s easy to travel up and down the Riviera. There are regular buses up to Grasse, Mougins and the hills behind the town and you can even take the boat to Saint-Tropez. In the winter you can easily reach the fabulous ski resorts of Isola 2000 and Auron.

Winter Skiing

Just 90 minutes from the Mediterranean, Isola 2000 and Auron in the Parc National du Mercantour are the 100% snow and sun resorts! With a long season, the skiing here is a treat for all adrenaline junkies, boasting a half pipe, snow park, obstacles, boardercross, and more…

120 Km of slopes
43 slopes: 4 black, 11 red, 21 blue and 7 green
22 aerial lifts: 2 cable-cars, 9 chair lift, 10 ski lifts and 1 conveyor belt.

To get there either hire a care and drive, or take a train to Nice and a €1 bus from there up to Isola 2000 or Auron. Beach to snow in just 1.5 hrs!

 

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