A hundred years ago there was a simple fishing village, so there is very little history in Cannes. But there are many modern attractions and entertainment, great hotels and “star” waterfront.
Top 10 attractions in Cannes
We offer you a brief description of the sights of Cannes with photos and hope that your dream will come true one day, and you will certainly get to this fabulous place. What to see in Cannes?
Cannes Film Festival
Everyone who knows a little bit about film knows about this festival. It takes place annually in the Palais des Festivals on the Croisette, next to the Old Port. It presents to the public the world’s best auteur films of the year.
It is interesting that previously this palace housed a casino, its architectural value – very doubtful, similar to the late Soviet style. However, the world-famous film festival does not shy away from it, and has no plans to build a new palace.
This is the most famous promenade in the world, along which once a year pass all the cinematic celebrities, and in between film festivals – the rest of the celebrities and celebrities of the world.
Earlier on the site of the Croisette there was a road built during the Roman Empire. And the Cannes waterfront began to take shape back in the 19th century. Today it goes from the Festival Palace to Palm Beach. Along it: boutiques, hotels, restaurants, cafes, casinos, etc.
Le Suquet Quarter
This part of Cannes is called the Old Town. There are several narrow, rustic streets hiding at the foot of the mountain that can be explored on the block. There is an ancient temple of Our Lady, a watchtower, a castle with a museum inside.
Also in Le Suquet there are several expensive restaurants with excellent cuisine, which will satisfy even the true gourmets. This place is a must-see in Cannes.
This port is located near Le Suquet, where fishermen used to live. Today it is the calling card of Cannes and the entire Côte d’Azur. In the port you can observe a beautiful seascape, a lot of expensive yachts are moored to the shore.
Fishing boats still leave the port today, as they did a hundred years ago, bringing back a good catch of fish and sea creatures every day. And the Old Port is world-famous for the start of the famous Royal Regatta from its moorings.
This is the main street in Cannes, the walking place of most tourists vacationing on the French Riviera. Antibes is a great place for shopping, there are expensive boutiques, trendy restaurants and coffee shops, Europe and America bohemia hangs out here.
On the street of Antibes you can easily meet a “star” of world-class show business. Although the street itself is quite ordinary in architecture. There are many such streets in seaside towns in France: facades of houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, paved sidewalks and narrow roads.
Alley of Stars
This attraction of Cannes is also famous all over the world. The alley is located near the Palace of Festivals, covered with paving tiles, in which there are square plates with the palm prints of all sorts of celebrities.
This alley can not be seen at once, it does not stand out in any way. Street vendors treat slabs with fingerprints with no respect: they put their goods on them, sit on them, etc. The palm prints of many “stars” today are in a deplorable state.
It is the most famous food market on the entire Côte d’Azur. Ordinary people come here to prepare a passing dinner, and the chefs of the highest cuisines to create another masterpiece of unimaginable value.
Indeed, you can buy the best products on Forville: fruits and vegetables, fish and meat, herbs and spices. Bargaining is recommended, but the vendors understand only in French, so before you go to Cannes, learn the language.
Museum de la Castre
The museum is located in the castle of the same name, which was built to protect Cannes from attacks by sea pirates or foreign troops. In the museum visitors will be able to see ancient archaeological finds and a large ethnographic collection.
Fans of painting will be interested to see the paintings of local artists. For the fans of the Orient there is exquisite Chinese calligraphy. There are artifacts from every corner of the world. And next to the museum there is a watchtower, also a historical monument.
You can see the museum on the outskirts of Cannes. It is located on St. Peter’s Island. Margaritas is a half-hour motorboat ride from the seashore. It used to be a royal prison, but today it is a museum with an amazing maritime collection.
Visitors will be able to see the findings of archaeologists gathered at the bottom of the sea, belonging to ancient times. Fans of the mysteries of French history and A. Dumas can see the cell where the prisoner known as the Man in the Iron Mask sat until his death.
It is one of the main attractions of Cannes and the shrine of all France, the oldest male monastery in the country. That is why many Catholic pilgrims and tourists from all over the world come here every year.
The monastery complex consists of several fortresses, watchtowers, temples and other structures. The monks who live in the monastery are engaged in gardening, growing fruit and lavender, and producing excellent monastery wine and liquor.
Video overview of the sights of Cannes
Cannes – a city in France on the Mediterranean Sea, where all the richest and most famous people rush to get. This resort is associated with the beautiful life, big capitals, fancy yachts, social parties and “yellow” scandals.