Most of Cannes’ main attractions are located on and around the Boulevard de la Croisette, which runs along the coast. Chic hotels, bars, and casinos sit side by side, along with luxury designer boutiques.
|The Boulevard de la Croisette runs along the coast.
You’ll also find some more affordable malls around Rue D’Antibes, as well as small, independent shops in the city’s old town. As is the case with most cities, the further from the center you get, the more affordable prices become.
On your walk along the coast, you’ll pass the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès (Festival and Congress Center): the venue of the world-famous Cannes Film Festival, which takes place every May. During this month, the city is always full of celebrities and fans alike, who take to the red carpet to celebrate the best recent releases.
The Boulevard de la Croisette is lined with a mixture of private (and therefore pricey), and public beaches, where you can enjoy the sun, or take a dip in the sea. The promenade ends at Le Vieux Port (Old Harbor), where the old town, Le Suquet, begins. Most of this area’s buildings, including its beautiful old fort, are located on top of a hill. The climb will only take you a couple minutes and is well worth it for the views of the city and coastline from the top.
|Le Suquet (Old Town) offers a great view over Cannes' harbor.|
Boats leave from the old harbor to Île Sainte-Marguerite every half an hour, and the journey only takes 15 minutes. The island might be small (only about three kilometers in length, and less than one in breadth), but is worth a visit for its quaint restaurants and old fortress prison, Fort Royal. The island is also home to unmissable natural beauty, such as eucalyptus and pine trees, as well breathtaking bays.
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