. Who would have ever imagined that this little fishing port would one day become a world famous centre of unparalleled fame.Take a walk through Cannes and discover a forward thinking dynamic town with historic roots.Discover its little known past and trace the footsteps of these luminaries who have formed its character. From the Iles de Lerins (islands a short boat ride away) to the Old quarter of Le Suquet, Cannes has built its reputation over 2 centuries as a magnet for the privileged few.
. Located on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the French Riviera has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth.Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco or the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other less well known attractions, such as the perched villages of Eze and Gourdon, the perfumeries of Grasse and the glass blowers of Biot, the potters in Vallauris. The Riviera has been the inspiration for many well known artists such as Picasso and many of their works are on display in local museums and art galleries.One big problem that the Riviera faces is its popularity. During the summer months (July or August particularly) the Riviera is a crowded mess particularly on the strip of land between the A8 Autoroute and the coast and events such as the Film Festival drive up the prices of just about everything. On the other hand even in August the lesser known attractions such as the Gorges du Loup and Gourdon are far less chaotic.
Promenade de la Croisette
. La Croisette Boulevard, or Boulevard de la Croisette, is the heart of Cannes, with luxury hotels, designer shops, and glittering nightlife spots lining the way along the curving coast. On the other side of the boulevard reside Cannes famous sandy beaches. It extends completely along the spectacular Cannes coastline. The boulevard overlooks the impressive harbor which is home to extravagant yachts and a pirate ship built for a film.The eastern section of the boulevard extends south at the lovely Parc de la Roseraie, curves along the Port Pierre Canto and ends at the southern tip of the Pointe de la Croisette near the Port du Palm beach. On the east side of the cape lies the charming Boulevard Euge ne Gazagnaire and its lovely beach, which extends north to the Port du Moure Rouge. The Croisette is the main drag of Cannes and features many of its major attractions.The center of tourist activity is the happening Boulevard de la Croisette. It extends eastward from the Film Festival Palace along the Rade de Cannes, with its beautiful sandy beach. Stroll along the boulevard to enjoy stunning views of the gulf and the nearby offshore Lerins Islands.
. Just a few minutes by boat from Cannes, Sainte Marguerite Island is an exceptional island where nature, culture and relaxation join in total harmony. As soon as you disembark, you will be captivated by the fragrance of pine and eucalyptus, as well as the richness of cultural and leisure activities available on the island.The best way to explore the island is to follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour of the site.You will stroll by the Bateguier pond with its numerous species of migratory birds to the Point de la Convention to find unique plant species.Continue on to the Fort Royal, the former residence of the Man in the Iron Mask. The Maritime Museum is not to be missed sheltered within a fortified enclosure, it offers visitors an insight into the area history.For lovers of pure relaxation Sainte Marguerite Island really is not to be missed. Dogs are welcome on board our ferries and on Sainte Marguerite Island (on leash).
ile Saint Honorat
. The i le Saint Honorat is the second largest of the Lerins Islands, about a mile off shore from the French Riviera town of Cannes. The island is approximately 1.5 kilometers in length (East to West) and 400 meters wide.Since the fifth century, the island has been home to a community of monks.The island retains a monastery, which is home to 30 Cistercian monks, and is a popular tourist attraction offering pleasant woodland surroundings, in common with its neighbour the ile Sainte Marguerite. Points of interest include a number of disused chapels erected by monks on the island at different points in history, as well as the remains of a Napoleonic cannonball oven and a Second World War gun emplacement.
Cannes Film Festival
. The Cannes International Film Festival (French Le Festival International du Film de Cannes or just Festival de Cannes) is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. Founded in 1946, it is the most prestigious and publicised film festival in the world. The invitation only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres.The 2014 Cannes Film Festival took place between 14 25 May 2014. New Zealand film director Jane Campion was the President of the Jury. Winter Sleep, the movie of Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan won Palme dor.On 1 July 2014, co founder and former head of French pay TV operator Canal Plus Pierre Lescure is scheduled to take over as president of the festival. France also hosts its national film awards, the Cesar Awards, which are generally considered to be the French equivalent of the American Academy Awards.
InterContinental Carlton Cannes Hotel
. nterContinental Hotel Carlton Cannes, dubbed as the Hotel of stars on the French Riviera, is a legendary deluxe hotel in Cannes. Taking pride in providing refined service, this hotel has served prestigious guests for almost a century. Some of the exceptional suites are named after the most famous movie stars. The unique waterfront offers views of the Cannes bay. It is close to attractions such as the Cannes Palais des Festivals and La Croisette de Cannes. Guests can check out and shop at the the upscale and luxurious boutiques in Creanova and Intermarche.InterCon Cannes is sitauted on the famous Croisette Avenue. It is 30 minutes away from Nice International Airport.
Hotel Majestic Barrie re
. Just steps away from the Palais des Festivals, the site of the Cannes Film Festival, the Hotel Majestic Barrie re overlooks the city hub, La Croisette. Inside the Belle epoque palace, dramatic Art Deco columns dominate the neo Pompeiian lobby, while Champagne colored furnishings and polished antiques complete the interiors. The hotel newest wing comprises a host of suites, including two penthouses, one with a private pool. The addition also houses cutting edge U Spa, which offers treatments with Sisley Phyto Aromatiques. During the day, guests relax on the beach or private jetty, where there are a host of water sports. For cocktails, sunset viewing and dinner, the hotel brasserie, Fouquet Cannes, draws an equally fashionable crowd as its namesake sister on Paris Champs elysees.
. The Galerie Maeght is a gallery of modern art, in Cannes and Paris, France, and Barcelona, Spain. The gallery was founded in 1936 in Cannes. The Paris gallery was started in 1946 by Aime Maeght. The artists exhibited are mainly from France and Spain.
. Abbey of Lerins, Cistercian monastery, originally founded about 410 by St. Honoratus of Arles on a Mediterranean island opposite Cannes (now in France). It flourished in the 5th century, when it was a centre of intellectual activity. Many highly educated monks, trained elsewhere, were attracted by its spiritual discipline and became residents. Vincent of Lerins was its chief theologian, and St. Hilary and St. Caesarius of Arles were also from Lerins.
. The Brague is a river in the departement of Alpes Maritimes and the region of Provence Alpes Cote dAzur in France. The Brague takes its source near Chateauneuf Grasse and ends in the Mediterranean Sea near Antibes.Between Valbonne and Biot, a 9 km long path follows the river. Part of the Brague Valley is covered by a Park called the Parc Departemental de la Brague.The Brague is 21 km long.
. Antibes Cathedral ?s ? Roman Catholic cathedral, ?nd national monument ?f France, located ?n the town ?f Antibes ?n the French Riviera.It w?s formerly the seat ?f the Bishops ?f Antibes, later the Bishops ?f Grasse. The see w?s n?t restored ?fter the French Revolution ?nd w?s added by the Concordat ?f 1801 t? the Diocese ?f Nice.
. The Valmasque is a small river that flows through the Alpes Maritimes department of southeastern France. It flows into the Brague in Biot.B and B in Biot near Antibes on the French Riviera, 5 minutes away from the sea and the beaches, the Bastide Valmasque is a charming Bed and Breakfast surrounded by trees and overlooking the golf course. The guesthouse is ideally located, between Nice and Cannes, beneath the walls of the historical village of Biot, famous for its glass blowing and its Fernand Leger museum. Biot is geographically very central for day trips in Cote Azur and Provence.
Stade du Fort Carre
. Das Stadion wurde 1912 eingeweiht und liegt nahe dem Fort Carre. Es ist die Heimstatte des FC Antibes und wird aktuell uberwiegend fur Fubballspiele genutzt. Das Stadion bietet heute 4.000 Zuschauern Platz, vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg lag die Kapazitat bei etwa 15.000 Platzen.Wahrend der Fubball Weltmeisterschaft 1938 war es Austragungsort des Viertelfinales zwischen Schweden und Kuba, das vor 6.846 Zuschauern mit 80 (40) endete.
Palais des Festivals et des Congres
. The first Palais des Festivals et des Congres was a building built in 1949 to host the Cannes Film Festival. The original building was located on the boulevard of Promenade de la Croisette on the present site of the JW Marriott Cannes. In response to the growing success of the Festival and the advent of the first business conventions, such as the MIPTV Media Market since 1965, the City of Cannes decided to build a new Palais in 1979. The new building, designed by the architects Bennett & Druet and constructed on the site of the municipal Casino, opened in December 1982 and expanded in 1999 with the construction of the Espace Riviera, a new space of 10,000 square meters. Today, the Palais des Festivals has an overall space capacity of 25,000 square meters for exhibitions, which is used for exhibitions, as well as numerous rooms and 18 auditoriums. It hosted the 4th and 6th Eurovision Song Contests in 1959 and 1961.
Musee de la Castre
. Le musee de la Castre se situe place de la Castre, au sommet de la colline du Suquet, a Cannes, dans les vestiges du chateau medieval des moines de Lerins. Ce musee de France presente des collections appartenant a la ville de Cannes arts primitifs (ou premiers) dHimalaya Tibet, Arctique, Amerique pre colombienne, Oceanie, antiquites mediterraneennes, instruments de musique du monde dAsie, Afrique, Oceanie, Amerique, peinture de paysage du xixe sie cle avec les petits mai tres de Provence.Un premier jardin plante dessences mediterraneennes, notamment de grands pins parasols, accueille le promeneur. Il est le prelude a lentree des visiteurs du musee. Apre s la visite des collections, le visiteur parvient dans la cour interieure du musee au centre de laquelle est implantee la tour de guet de lancien chateau de Cannes. Du haut des 109 marches de cette tour medievale, un point de vue a 360degree soffre au visiteur.
. The Promenade de la Croisette is a prominent road in Cannes, France. It stretches along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea and is about 2 km long. The Croisette is known for the Palais des Festivals et des Congre, where the Cannes Film Festival (Le Festival International du Film de Cannes) is held. Many expensive shops, restaurants, and hotels (such as the Carlton, Majestic, JW Marriott Cannes, Chanel and Martinez) line the road. It goes completely along the coastline of Cannes.
Musee de la Mer
. This is quite a unique museum which is dedicated to the prison system and underwater archaeology collections. The main highlight of this museum is that it is devoted to the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask.
. This museum was originally built during the 1600s and it now houses the history of one of the oldest perfumeries of France. It also has an old factory which provides a rich history of the whole perfume making process.
. This beautiful museum is located in a 19th century mansion. It has beautiful art depictions and also contains some magnificent gardens in its premises which showcase some exquisite artwork.
Musee de la Marine
. his museum was built as a memorial to Admiral Francois Joseph Paul and it showcases almost 30 model ships.
. Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
. Golfe Juan boasts two top beach restaurants Tetou and Nanou, to the west. But these, along with others, are under threat from a law passed in 2006 which says restaurants should be demountable plus a host of other requirements.The town council has never implemented the law and is negotiating with the government to save its private beaches.If you cross (go under actually) the railway line you come to the town proper and there are lovely shops, bars and restaurants here.Do stroll along the promenade to the Camille Rayon marina. Here you find lots of restaurants and bars including the Cafe Blue which has live jazz Friday evenings. La Jonque Bleue offers an asian gastronomic tour and menus start from 18 euros and lunch from 10.50 euros.
. Pont du Loup and Tourrettes sur Loup before going on to Vence and back to Cannes, choosing your own route.Gourdon is a small village with spectacular views of both the coast and the valley. It has a ninth century chateau with museums and wonderful gardens. Tip visit the perfume shop, it holds a surprise, and from one of the food shops buy a ginger cake, yummy.Bar sur Loup again has great views and a 13th century church. The road around the village has some good restaurants.
Theoule sur Mer
. The port of Theoule was the first public pleasure boat marina in Europe. In 2012 it celebrated its 50th anniversary.The town has spent 2.6m euros to upgrade it and it looks great. The petanque lanes on the beach, near the restaurant Chez Phillipe, have also been redone.If looking for a change of beach scenery,try Theoule just three stops from Cannes on the St Raphael train, taking about 12 minutes. On leaving the station turn right down the hill a bit of a walk before turning left to Le Suveret plage and the marina. You can recognise the turning by the chain partly across the path. Here you find a lovely public beach with safe swimming and lifeguards on duty mid June to mid September.There is an excellent restaurant called Chez Philippe offering a la carte .
Valley of the Roya
. The train de merveilles from Nice is one of the most scenic railway routes in Europe. Everyday from 1 June to 30 September, and every weekend until the end of October, there is a professional guide on board. You can sit back and watch the amazing scenery as you listen all about the local history, the villages along the way and how this extraordinary railway line, including helicoidal tunnels, was built. Although you can stop off at any of the villages, it is probably worthwhile going all the way to Tende to hear the full commentary. In July and August there is a bus from Tende to Casterino, gateway to the Mercantour national park famous for its Bronze Age rock drawings. At the Tende tourist office you can pick up information and enjoy your own tour of the town and stop off for lunch. Miramonti restaurant has a train de merveilles special show your train ticket for 17
. The capital of the Cote,Nice has everything you would expect in the fifth largest city in France. The French border with Italy was originally the river Var. Napoleon III agreed to give military backing to Victor Emmanuel II, King of Sardinia, in his war against Austria.but in return for the Comte de Nice and another trifle like Savoie.
Asian Arts Museum
. Situated in the heart of Phoenix Park at 405 Promenade des Anglais, near the airport, on an artificial lake is the Asian Arts Museum. It brings Eastern culture to the south of France. Included is the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, classical artifacts from all over Asia and a wide range of modern works. The living arts dance, music and theater are displayed every month on a Friday.