Its beauty once an enticing muse for Picasso and Cocteau
Backed by gentle hills and flanked to the southwest by the rugged cliffs and wild rivers of the Corniche d’Esterel, the exuberant seaside town of Cannes has become a sybaritic haven for those looking to escape in unrivalled luxury. Famed for its Fifties status as a millionaires playground and the glittering annual film festival, it still retains the charm, glamour and allure of its heyday.
Synonymous with the high life, few spots better symbolise the opulence of the South of France than La Croissette, with its boutique studded promenade that lines the shores. Bordered by contrasting beauty, on one side the glistening sea laps enchanting narrow beaches back-dropped by towering cliffs in the distance. On the other intimate restaurants, chic café-bistros and luxurious hotels lure in the crowds departing their superyachts for evenings full of extravagant revelry.
La Croissette is best viewed from the highest point of Cannes’ Old Town, Le Suquet, where the remains of the fortified tower still stand, along with the 12th century Chapel of St Anne. The warmth of the Mediterranean sun beats down on the ever brassy and vibrant streets with a fantastic choice of restaurants along the steeply winding Rue St Antoine. Explore the leafy Quartier des Anglais, see the contemporary art set in a 19th-century mansion at La Malmaison or take a trip to the nearby island of St Honorat.
There is more to Cannes than style and glamour - seeing the magnificent red hills of the Esterel mountains rising up dramatically in the distance as you approach its dazzling coastline is a scene to behold. In calm conditions, it is the perfect place to moor, swim, dive, and soak up the sun before stepping ashore to enjoy the hedonistic atmosphere of this iconic location in France.
Each year Cannes plays host to world-renowned events like the International Film Festival, Palais des Festivals, and esteemed antique shows which are held twice a year.
For a perfect day out, anchor in the shelter of the Lerins Islands, land near the Palm Beach Casino and walk in the Croisette beachfront towards the old harbour and sample some fresh seafood from any of the bistros for lunch. Spend the afternoon at the colourful Saturday market in the Bocca district and stock up on the local products including olive oil, Provencal herbs and lavender, honey and olive oil soaps, which you will find along the narrow rue Meynadier.
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