The city of Cannes in France may be best known for the prestigious film festival it hosts every year, but the breathtaking beauty of the coast alone is enough reason to visit this world-class destiantion. Set on the French Riviera along the Mediterranean coastline, it enjoys mild winters and twelve hours of sunshine during summer. An opulent city frequented by the rich and famous, Cannes has luxury resorts, fine restaurants, exquisite villas, upmarket shopping centers and, of course, captivating beaches.
For first time visitors, Boulevard de la Croisette is a good destination to get a feel of the city. This palm-lined street serves as the center of activity in Cannes and is home to historic landmarks such as the International Carlton Cannes Hotel, impressive luxury villas, upscale boutiques, and a beachfront promenade that affords a view of the gulf and Lerins Islands. Another must-see destination is Le Suquet or Old Town, which represents the old fishing village of Cannes. It houses the church Eglise du Suquet, an 11th century watchtower called Tour du Mont Chevalier, and Rue Meynadier, the town’s main shopping street. Notre-Dame de l'Espérance, one of the most important churches in the city, also deserves a visit with its centuries-old high altar, antique statues, Gothic vaulting, and old cemetery.
A visit to one of Cannes’ many pristine beaches ranks at the top of almost every vacationer’s list. Aside from the fine, sunny weather, the beaches here feature calming views of the Mediterranean Sea—perfect for rounding out the experience of a seaside luxury vacation. In particular, Plage de la Casino, La Bocca Beach, and Mouré Rouge Beach are accessible free of charge to the public. For those who wish to explore Cannes’ rich cultural heritage, visit one of its picturesque museums, such as La Malmaison Museum and Chapelle Bellini.
A welcoming host, Cannes often serves as a venue for many conferences and festivals. Set your holiday on a summer evening in July and August and marvel at the sights brought by Festival d'Art Pyrotechnique or listen to concerts for the Nuits Musicales du Suquet. Plan your holiday as early as today and book any of the fine luxury rentals at Villaway to make the most out of your stay.