Cannes is best known for hosting the world famous film festival that draws huge crowds every year. But that’s only one of the things that it has to offer. It has an amazing climate all year round with great beaches and plenty of great cultural sights to see. If you’ve never thought about visiting Cannes before, it might be worth heading over there next time you visit France. Here is a quick guide to make sure you get the most out of your trip.
Where to Stay
Cannes can be a pretty expensive city and if you’re staying right in the centre, it’ll cost you. Luckily, there are some great places you can stay nearby that will be a lot cheaper, while still giving you easy access to all of the sights. Mougins in France is only a 15 minute drive from Cannes but you can still find the same luxury accommodation, without the hefty price tag. There are plenty of amazing villas that come complete with a swimming pool and a beautiful view of the surrounding area. Staying just outside the centre of Cannes will make the whole trip a lot cheaper and it also gives you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the centre if you want to relax for a day or two.
There are some great shopping destinations in Cannes if you’re after a bit of retail therapy while you’re away. There are some great markets offering local produce, particularly if you’re a big seafood fan. As well as brilliant food markets, there are some quaint little antique shops and traditional potters where you can pick up some great souvenirs for the house. If you’re into your fashion, you can find some of the best clothing brands in the world like Chanel, Prada and Louis Vuitton. The best thing about it is, they’re often cheaper than you can buy them elsewhere.
Cannes is known as a center for film culture but there are also other great cultural sights to visit. The Malmaison is home to some great modern photography and art exhibitions, housed in an old 19th century mansion that was originally part of the grand hotel. For some local history, the Musee de la Castre is the place to go. It houses a great collection of weaponry, artifacts and old ceramics that were collected by local aristocrats.
Food And Drink
Pretty much anywhere you go in France you’ll find great food and drink and Cannes is no exception. There is a good local fishing industry in the area. So you can find some of the best seafood in the country in Cannes. Particular highlights include Astoux et Cie Brun and the Michelin starred La Villa Archange. If you’re looking for something a little more straightforward, Grill and Wines is a great standard restaurant serving good food with great service.
It’s always worth visiting Cannes for the film festival but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go any other time of year because it’s not just about the touristy stuff.
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