With a Mediterranean climate and sleek reputation, Cannes is a great place to visit. This city, on the glittering French Riviera, has shopping on the Rue d’Antibes, churches such as Notre-Dame d’Esperance, beaches including la Plage du Midi and cruising on the Croisette — here’s our guide.
In September, the Cannes Yachting Festival provides a chance to admire the latest boats and luxury yachts on sale. If you can’t afford the down payment on a vessel, don’t worry – put on your least crumpled clothes and play out your tycoon fantasies by visiting all the sleekest sailing machines regardless. This is the place for shipbuilders to show off their grands designs, so the festival attracts an international crowd with about 50% of the attendees coming from overseas. It takes place in two locations: the Vieux Port (the Old Port) and the Port Pierre Canto. Some of the yachts are available to charter after the festival, so keep your favourites in mind in case you should come into a little money – say, €500,000. Don‘t worry, that includes your crew.
Of course, Cannes is home to the coolest and most illustrious international film festival, Cannes Film Festival, which celebrates both art-house and mainstream cinema. Cannes comes alive every May when the most celebrated names in the film world descend on the city. Although the festival takes place all over town in every theatre, cinema and hotel, the main concentration is on the city’s most swanky street, La Croisette. Look out for world-famous actors, ultra-rich yacht-owners and some excellent films.
When you see pictures of stars on the red carpet in Cannes during the film festival, they’re almost always standing in front of the Lumière Theatre at the Palais. This is the Cannes Film Festival’s true home and has no less than 18 cinema screens when the festival is in full swing in May.
While the Carlton Hotel might be the most well-known place to stay in Cannes among out-of-towners, the Hotel Barrière Le Majestic is just as iconic among the locals. The hotel is right on La Croisette and has its own private beach. It also hosts lots of events (particularly in the summer months), like funky club nights, and is a good place to watch the Bastille Day fireworks in July. Fans of Robert De Niro may recognise the hotel entrance from the 1998 thriller Ronin.