A modest fishing village that has become a star in the eyes of the whole world: it is the success story of ! Cannesunder the spotlight during the famous Festival, Cannes offers many tourist attractions all year round. People come here on pilgrimage to greet the Croisette, the Palais des festivals or the Chemin des étoiles and remain charmed by its historic district and its Old Port, its Provençal way of life and its seaside pleasures. What's more, the city shines in an exceptional natural setting, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and the Lerins Islands offshore, while its hinterland boasts sumptuous landscapes and authentic high perched villages.
N° 1- La Croisette
The simple evocation of the Croisette lets our imaginations sail towards the glamorous and magical clichés of the Festival deCannes... And yet, in 1850, it was only a simple path in the middle of the dunes! Today, this 2 km walk along the coast runs from the Palais des Festivals to Palm Beach. It is bordered by magnificent Belle Époque buildings, luxurious boutiques and famous palaces such as the Martinez, the Carlton or the Majestic. It is a pleasure to stroll around, Italian ice cream in hand, and to enjoy this historical setting and the beaches.
N° 2- Le Suquet
Classified as a historical monument, the Suquet district is the cradle of the city, which was initially built on the side of a hill to dominate the sea. Ramparts and keep remind us of its medieval origins as well as its intertwining of steep alleys. The atmosphere is far from the strass and glitter, we find Provence with small restaurants, squares and old stones. We will also visit the Castre Museum, the square tower and the church, but above all, we will enjoy the magnificent view of the bay.
N° 3- The Old Port
By the sea and at the foot of the Suquet, the Vieux Port has preserved its picturesque setting and the masts of its rigging and pleasure boats. The view is breathtaking on the Lérins islands facing it, it is a place where you can stroll and enjoy a seafood platter in one of the restaurants along its quays. It is sometimes animated by contests, sometimes no regattas like the famous Royal Regattas organised by the Yacht Club, the oldest association in Cannes which celebrated its 150th anniversary.
N° 4- The Lérins Islands
The Lérins islands offer a splendid natural setting, a few minutes by boat from the bay ofCannes. Sainte-Marguerite, the largest, is known for its fort that would have housed the Iron Mask; today we enjoy visiting the Museum of the Sea, discovering the aquariums of Méditerranoscope and contemplating the migratory birds by the Batéguier pond. Its colleague, Saint-Honorat, houses the monastery of Lérins and its monks who produce wine and liquor Lérina. You can visit five listed monuments: the monastery tower, the Saint-Sauveur chapel, the Trinité chapel and the two Napoleonic ball furnaces.
N° 5- La Villa Rothschild
Located in the Croix-des-Gardes district, Villa Rothschild is a marvel of neoclassical style and a listed historical monument. Its buildings are occupied by the municipal media library ofCannes, so you can enjoy the beauty of its interiors. Graced with plant species of Mediterranean, tropical and Asian origin, its English gardens have an incredible charm. It is pleasant to walk in this natural setting composed of palm trees, bamboos, blue cedar, magnolia and ginkgo biloba.
N° 6- The Forville market
At the foot of the Suquet hill, the large market hall of Forville hosts a typical Provencal market, from Tuesday to Sunday from 7am to 5.30pm. Its stalls feature regional products, a real delight for the taste buds and pupils. Olive oil, local fruits and vegetables, flowers, aromatic herbs, fresh fish, aniseed cookies... this is the place to come if you are in need of inspiration for dinner! Every Monday, the hall welcomes antique dealers and antique dealers for the great pleasure of the hunters.
N° 7- The Palais des Festivals and the Chemin des étoiles
Immortalized by photographers from all over the world, the Palais des Festivals may seem a little outdated without its red carpet! Yet it is one of the most emblematic and lively buildings in the city: about fifty events are organized throughout the year. Opposite him, on the Pompidou esplanade, is the path of the stars, our French Walk of Fame. You will see the hand casts and signatures of more than 300 celebrities of the 7th Art, French and international actors and directors.
N° 8- The beaches
Cannes is so well known for its beautiful architecture that one would almost forget that it is bordered by 7 km of beaches between the Esterel and the Lérins islands. Some are private, others public and all have the Blue Flag label for bathing water quality. In summer, it is a festival of entertainment that brightens up these golden expanses. Beach Volley, catamaran outings, paddle, diving, parachuting, children's areas... it is the perfect destination for families. Many events are organized in the evening such as the Electronic Beaches.
N° 9- Mougins
Between sea and mountains, the Cannes hinterland is magnificent and its small perched villages just as charming. Mougins is one of our favourites because it has kept all the picturesque medieval charm in the alleys of its old quarter. Fountains, statues, churches and chapels: all this old-fashioned décor is now delighted by the many flowers and plant species scattered all over the place. Picasso spent the last years of his life there, so the village maintains this artistic heritage at the Museum of Classical Art and in many art galleries. It should also be noted that this gastronomic village has excellent restaurants.
N° 10- Le Col du Cap Roux
Since thenCannes, the Esterel cornice has been one of the most beautiful pallets in the region, with the blue of the sea, the green of the vegetation and the red of the Esterel. The Cap Roux massif is absolutely spectacular with its rocky cliffs that plunge into the sea at an altitude of 453 metres. Plan a short hike to the pass to admire its magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and Cannes. Note that as you pass you will cross the cave of the Sainte-Baume where the hermit Saint Honorat lived.