A glamorous seaside town famed for film stars, exclusive restaurants and pristine beaches, Cannes is synonymous the silver screen, with all the opulence and style that entails. Located on the French Riviera, city breaks to Cannes give you a chance to indulge in a luxurious yet sophisticated lifestyle of casinos, beaches and boutique bars.
There’s one name on each and every auteur’s lips when they finally finish their film: Cannes. The Cannes Film Festival takes over the city each year in the late spring, turning this already exclusive destination into a hive of celebrity activity. While the festival itself is invitation only, if you visit during this period you’re basically guaranteed to spot at least one famous director or actor during your stay. The rich and famous flock throughout the year to La Croisette, the legendary strip where you’ll find the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. Even when the festival isn’t happening, the Palais des Festivals is worth visiting for its informative tour through cinema history.
If you’re looking to experience the authentic side of Cannes, away from the celebrities and super-yachts, you’ll want to make your way to Vieux Port and Le Suquet. This area is teeming with shops selling delicious local produce and is a perfect starting point for gathering supplied for a picnic overlooking the bay. For a glimpse into the history of the area, the 12th-century Notre-Dame d'Esperance is an impressive church that features a number of 19th-century artworks including a fresco by George Roux.
Amongst the main attractions in Cannes are the golden beaches. There are plenty of beach areas to choose from here, from the busy public beaches to the east and west of the town, to the quieter beaches on the nearby Îles de Lérins. These two islands are definitely worth visiting during your stay, and boast a number of historical points of interest. Saint Honorat is the smaller island and is home to a monastery, while the larger Sainte Marguerite has a castle and a number of restaurants to explore.
Cannes is renowned for its designer shops and luxury boutiques. If you’re in the market for fashion, head to the area between La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes, where you’ll find Dior, Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier. If you’d rather peruse through souvenir shops, you’ll find plenty of these in the old town, along with an array of cafés, restaurants and bars.