What to see in Cannes

Author: Valeria Cerutti

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Cannes Places And Charm, France

The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès was inaugurated in 1983 as the new home of the international film festival, but it represents much more: in fact, the Palais also houses the municipal casino and a modern congress center, making Cannes an extraordinary location for meetings and conventions, but also concerts and theatrical performances. Just behind the Palais des Festivals, the Théätre de la Mer, stages enchanting open-air performances.

As you look at the buildings that line the Croisette, you will notice many luxurious grand hotels, such as the elegance of the Majestic Barrière and the Noga-Hilton (the former Palais des Festivals), the Belle Époque style of the Carlton, the Art Deco style of the Martinez and the prominence of the Hôtel de Ville, near the Palais des Festivals and Cannes central bus terminal.

The Malmaison, also on the Croisette, is a former grand hotel whose elegant garden hosts exhibitions and painting, sculpture and cinematic photography galleries. The Espace Miramar, housed in the former Palais Miramar hotel, is a cultural center dedicated to shows, plastic arts, dance, music and photography.

The old Le Suquet quarter on the hill is the most authentic and intimate Cannes, with its picturesque maze of narrow streets, small squares, boutiques, little restaurants and breathtaking panoramic views.

From the hill in the Californie quarter, along the Corniche du Paradis Terrestre, you can see beautiful panoramic views of landscapes that offer glimpses of several of Cannes's most luxurious and exotic villas hidden among the dense vegetation.

Pointe Croisette, the extreme edge of the famous boulevard, offers a splendid view of Cannes, the gulf of Napoule and the mountainous Esterel massif, which is lit up at sunset.

Le Cannet: follow Boulevard Carnot to this small art city on the hills above Cannes. There are splendid views of the Lérins islands and the Esterel massif and inebriating walks among the pine, olive and eucalyptus groves of the Tivoli gardens. It's also worth mentioning the artistic and historical treasures of the old town center: the 15th-century chapel of the Saint-Sauveur is decorated with polychrome mosaics. Don't miss Rue Saint-Sauveur, a street that illustrator Raymond Peynet decorated with characters in love.   

Visit the Croix des Gardes quarter, an ancient guard post near the cross; it's a rather long steep walk if you start from Cannes. However, it's worth the pain and your effort will be rewarded by a splendid view of Cannes, the islands and the Esterel massif.

Antibes Juan-les-Pins, one of the liveliest and most exclusive resorts on the Côte d'Azur, with fine beaches and marvelous scenery, is the site of the acclaimed Jazz à Juan Festival.


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