Located on the French Riviera, Cannes transformed from a simple fishing village to become a luxurious, exclusive seaside town that attracts the fame and the rich. Popular celebrities can be seen walking or taking a coffee anywhere around the town, and even though the lifestyle of Cannes may be too expensive to experience, there are still alternatives that are perfect for the norms of tourists. Here are the top 10 places that you can go whether for a casual stroll or a fancy diner.
Nestling in the crescent of the Gulf of Napoule, Cannes’ sunlight shines through the swaying palm leaves that line up across the white sand. Over its ocean, a similar line of luxury yachts sailing on the pristine water of Riviera, while big names and popular faces can be seen in resorts, hotels, and restaurants, casually having a great time. Home to many prestigious events and festivals, such as the Cannes Film Festival, this city is the equivalent of a fancy, chic “resort” of France. Let’s take a look that the top 10 places to visit in Cannes.
This is where you should start your journey when visiting Cannes, with over 2km walking distance full of planted-palm trees, private beaches, and high-class resorts and hotels, namely InterContinental Carlton Cannes. This ambitious boulevard is perfect for people-watching, a great view of the ocean, and high-end shopping. It is extremely crowded with celebrities during the Film Festival.
Once you have your fill of the luxury, modern lifestyle, be sure to wander to the west of Cannes’ harbor, where you will find the old culture of a fishing village carved to the walls of this district. With no vehicle allowed, walk through the peaceful hills, or the pleasants, painted staircases. After a while, rest in a chair in the garden near the Notre-Dame d’Esperance to enjoy the Old Charm.
Festival de Cannes
It’s the time to address the elephant in the room because even if you never have been to Cannes, or France for that matter, there is a good chance that you heard about the Cannes Film Festival. This is the big event that skyrocketed Cannes to reach its current stature, attracting hundreds of stars, billionaires, and famous people to come to Cannes. The event is held exclusively at Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, 1 Boulevard de la Croisette.
Free-access public beach
The city beaches are rimmed with sandy white sand, gorgeous views, and calming Mediterranean waters. While many beaches are private, the rest of the public beaches do not disappoint, such as Plage Macé and the Plage Zamenhof, located off the Boulevard de la Croisette. These beaches charge a small fee for use of the lounge chairs and parasols.
Forville Market is the oldest market in Cannes. Located near Rue Meynadier, the market is filled with goodies, from flowers to Mediterranean fish. And if you are interested in the world of cooking, you may even notice famous world-class chefs browsing the market for their next masterclass dishes.
Les Murs Peints
If you missed the latest Film Festival (In May each year), then visit the film tributes that have been creatively painted on the walls of Cannes’ streets. The Painted Streets are a tribute to the famous actors and actresses, as well as famous movie scenes, many made it to the Film Festivals. As it took you nothing but time, finding these peculiar paintings across the city can be rewarding.
The most expensive road out here in the city. Rue d’Antibes is a lengthy shopping artery with international high-street brands like Desigual, Lacoste, Mango, and Sephora, alongside all the French favorites such as Fnac and Devernois. The incomparably chic location will make your outing feel that little more special too. And interspersing the stores are luxury bakers and chocolatiers, for a bit of extra indulgence
Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Espérance
Built on the summit of Le Suquet, which dazzles with its dreamy views of the city, the Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Espérance is the most important church in Cannes. The late-Gothic edifice dates to the 16th century and has a notable 17th-century Madonna on the high altar.