It is a bit unfortunate that the famous city on French Riviera, Cannes comes more to the headlines before the International Film Festival held here every year. The city which has been hosting one of the most coveted events of cinema also has a lot to offer for tourists. While the Cannes film festival has definitely benefitted its tourism from the 1960s, over the years, the city is known for its luxurious offerings. If luxurious travel and fantastic nightlife attract you, then we give you some places to visit, things to do and a travel guide to Cannes ahead of Festival De Cannes 2019. Cannes 2019: What is Cannes Film Festival? Know History, Facts and Timeline of Festival de Cannes.
Cannes has a Mediterranean climate all around the year, so the weather is not too harsh in the summer and the winters are also mild. The city also has a lot to explore for travellers of different kinds- the millennials, solo travellers or couples, party enthusiasts or beach lovers. Given below is a travel guide to exploring different parts of the city.
Places to Visit and Things to do in Cannes
Stroll around the Promenade de la Croisette: A very prominent road in the city, it stretches along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea and is about 2 km long. The biggest highlight of this place is where the Cannes Film Festival takes place. But since the glamour and glitz have added here, there are many expensive shops, restaurants and hotels here. The Croisette is also listed in the cultural heritage general inventory of France.
Shop and eat at Marché Forville: Marché Forville is located very near to the La Croisette boardwalk and is a delight to walk around. This street market is best if you want to satiate your hunger in a budget. Other than fresh vegetables and fruits, you also get local produce here. On Mondays, it transforms into a flea market.
Cannes Yatching Festival: If cruises and ships sail in your interest, then make sure you visit Cannes in September for the Yatching festival. It takes place at the Vieux Port (Old Port) and you can see the luxury boats and yachts that are on sale here. The festival attracts international visitors just to watch the sleek sails.
Relive the old days at Le Suquet: While the city has so much of modernity, enjoy the old world charm in the oldest areas of Cannes. The buildings are pastel coloured and will transport you back in the 18th and 19th century.
Enjoy the city view at Notre-Dame D'Esperance: Want to enjoy the views of the city than head to this wonderful church at the top of the hills in Cannes. A mark of stunning historical architecture, it is a beautiful tourist spot to visit.
Enjoy Stunning Beaches: Cannes also has something for the beach lovers- the Plage du Midi, Plage de la Bocca and Palm beaches are favourite beach spots here. There are also many private beaches where you have to pay a fee to enjoy the beaches. But if you are up for a spendthrift trip, then you might as well give it a try. These are picturesque beachsides and one can also enjoy a round of casino at the casino parks here.
Luxurious nightlife at the clubs: Cannes is famous for its nightlife and for a partygoer, it offers some stunning nightclubs. The city has a wide variety of bars, pubs and clubs. The Baoli lounge bar is famous for celebrity arrivals, so needless to say it is on the expensive side. The Palais Club is another happening club in Cannes which has an excellent line up of international DJs.
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So the city on French Riviera has something to offer for everyone. You can choose and plan your itinerary depending on your convenience and places you want to explore. you can either explore the nearby places on foot as the weather is also pleasant. There is also an option of railways which can take to cities of Nice, Paris, and Marseille. Another option is to rent a car if you are in a group. Depending on which part of the city you are staying in, you can explore the small city.