Roll out the red carpet – the 68th Cannes Film Festival is in full swing!
As part of our red carpet series, and to celebrate the return of Europe’s most prestigious film festival, we take a look at 10 of our favourite things about the stunning city of Cannes.
Cannes is a foodie’s paradise, teeming with fine dining restaurants, boutique bistros and charming beach-side cafes. Expect to find a blend of classic Provençal cuisine alongside Mediterranean fayre – with fresh fish and French classics taking centre stage. With regards to price, we tend to stick to the rule that the further away from the coast you go, the better value you will receive. Beware of coastal cafes charging you triple the price for their location privileges!
Cannes sits on the Côte d’Azur (The French Riviera) a simply stunning section of Mediterranean coastline characterised by miles of wonderful yellow sandy beaches. Cannes boasts nearly 5 miles of beautiful, well-maintained beaches, and the city invests hundreds of thousands of euros each year to keep them looking their best! On a bright sunny day, the sand on the Cannes beaches glistens like gold and is very inviting for a bare-foot stroll.
Cannes is home to some of the most exclusive luxury hotels on the French Riviera – many of which boast their own private beaches. Landmark luxury hotels include the Carlton, Majestic, Martinez and JW Marriot, which offer stunning views out across the Mediterranean, and are always popular with the stars during festival season.
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Cannes has a rich history as an exclusive resort town – it’s been attracting Europe’s elite since the end of the 18thcentury, and is still a popular summer destination for the rich and famous.
During the festival, the town is packed with red carpet stars from across the world of film, media and fashion, and you could easily spend the day strolling down La Croisette looking out for famous faces! If you miss the festival, you can always head down the Allee des Stars, and see the handprints of some of Hollywood’s most celebrated stars.
Cannes is a beautiful city – a grown up, sophisticated destination resort with character and style in abundance. Take a walk through La Suquet (the old town), with its narrow cobbled streets and old world charm – it’s a real contrast to the grandeur of the 19th century villas and the glitz, glamour and luxury of La Croisette.
Cannes has a rich history and heritage, and a wealth of cultural attractions that are definitely worth a visit – if you can prize yourself away from the stunning beaches that is!
In addition to the excellent Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Provence, there are also lots of smaller museums dedicated to everything from maritime history and the sea to photography and perfume.
Whilst the Film Festival is the jewel in Cannes’ cultural crown, the city is a real centre for the creative performance sectors, and plays host to a number of smaller arts, music, television and theatre festivals throughout the year.
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, summer temperatures regularly top 30°C and average around 25°C, making for great sunbathing and swimming weather. During the evenings, the breeze from the Mediterranean keeps things comfortably cool.
The hustle and bustle of Cannes’ three covered food markets are something to behold. Packed with stalls selling everything from freshly caught fish and locally sourced meat to wine, charcuterie and the best in seasonal fruit and veg, they are definitely worth a visit.
10. The Marina
With high end shopping, motorboats and water-sports, the Marina is at the vibrant heart of Cannes. If you want to dream about what it’s like to live the high life, then wandering round the marina on an evening looking at all the yachts is one of the best ways to do it!
From Cannes to Carpetright
The Cannes Festival is invitation only, so unless you’re very well connected or a Hollywood star, you’ll have to be content with watching the festival reports on the television.