Things To Do In Cannes

International Film Festival

The Cannes Festival until 2002 called the International Film Festival (Festival international du film) and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world. Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

On 1 July 2014, co-founder and former head of French pay-TV operator Canal+, Pierre Lescure, took over as President of the Festival, while Thierry Fremaux became the General Delegate. The board of directors also appointed Gilles Jacob as Honorary President of the Festival.

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival took place between 8 and 19 May 2018. The jury president was Australian actress Cate Blanchett, and Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, won the Palme d’Or.


La Croisette

The Promenade de la Croisette is a prominent road in Cannes, France. It stretches along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea and is about 2 km long. The Croisette is known for the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, where the Cannes Film Festival (Le Festival International du Film de Cannes) is held. Many expensive shops, restaurants, and hotels (such as the Carlton, Majestic, JW Marriott Cannes, and Martinez) line the road. It goes completely along the coastline of Cannes.

The Croisette is listed in the cultural heritage general inventory of France.

Iles de Lerins

The Lérins Islands are a group of four Mediterranean islands off the French Riviera, in Cannes. The two largest islands in this group are the Île Sainte-Marguerite and the Île Saint-Honorat. The smaller Îlot Saint-Ferréol and Îlot de la Tradelière are uninhabited. Administratively, the islands belong to the commune of Cannes.

The islands are first known to have been inhabited during Roman times.

The Île de Saint-Honorat bears the name of the founder of the monastery of Lérins, Saint Honoratus. It was founded around the year 410. It is in this monastery that Saint Porcarius lived and probably was killed during an invasion by Saracens. According to tradition, Saint Patrick, patron of Ireland, studied there in the fifth century.

A fortified monastery was built between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries. In 1047 the islands were raided by Muslim Andalusi pirates. The monastic community today lives in a monastery built during the nineteenth century.

The Île Sainte-Marguerite held a fortress where the Man in the Iron Mask was held captive for a time.

The battle of 1637 on Lérins Islands is one of the battles of the Thirty Years’ War between the Spanish Catholic Monarchy and the Kingdom of France . This combined naval and land operations and mobilized 39 ships, 11 galleys, 6 fire ships, 12 flutes, and a large fleet of transport. The Spanish garrison was reduced and the French attacked with all their forces. On March 24, 1637 began the siege of the Lérins Islands and the beginning of the attack of five Spanish forts. After a siege of 45 days, the Spaniards from Sainte-Marguerite Island capitulate on 12 May and those of Saint- Honorat Island May 13 . Cardinal Sourdis celebrates a thanksgiving Mass with Te Deum May 14

In 1707 the Lérins were occupied by the English navy, under the command of Sir Cloudesley Shovell. This was done in order to block the military port of Toulon to help the army of Victor Amadeus II Duke of Savoy and his cousin Eugene besiege that city.

Under the French Revolution, the Île Sainte-Marguerite and the Île Saint-Honorat were renamed the Île Marat and the Île Lepeletier, after secular martyrs.

Rue Meynadier

Small street near the Marche Forville. Lots of little cafes and shops with some touristy gift shops but also food, wine, patisserie. More interesting than the expensive designers on La Croisette and Rue d’Antibes. It’s just a street with shops of souvenirs and clothes. Part of the glam. It’s 300 m from the train station and on the way to the Palais de Festivals. Rue Meynadier is a great scenic street with lots of shops and sights. There’s something for everyone’s taste in fashion and home wares. Hungry? Trot down a side street or alleyway and find plenty of quaint cafe’s. Nice day trip for family and friends.

Marche Forville

The market was pedestrianised in 2012 and is a delight to wander round, whether you choose to taste the samples on offer, buy fresh produce or simply go for a stroll. With seasonal vegetables, fish (fresh off the boat) and handmade local delicacies, there’s plenty to choose from.

François Tomé has been selling cold meats at Marché Forville for over 20 years. On his stall, you’re likely to find tripe sausages (‘andouillettes‘) from Troye, ham from Burgundy or dried sausage from Lyon. Tomé’s family came from Spain, and he’s particularly knowledgeable about chorizo and serrano ham. In the summer, you can buy takeaway paella, while in winter it’s sauerkraut (pickled cabbage or ‘choucroute‘). Tomé’s wife, Sylvia, also offers wonderful recipe suggestions.

Julien Darmigny is a specialist in Italian food. He sells ravioli Niçois, Provençale pasta sauces (ready to heat up) and yummy polenta. Willy Carayon, on the other hand, is a seafood vendor, selling oysters or mussels. Just like his father and his grandfather before him, he has been selling fish at Marché Forville for the past 20 years. If you are looking for regional recipes with prawns, Carayon is your man.

Musee de la Castre

The museum of Castre is a museum of Cannes installed in the vestiges of the medieval castle of the monks of Lérins in Suquet . Labeled ” Museum of France “, it presents collections belonging to the city of Cannes: primitive arts (or first) of Himalaya-Tibet, Arctic, pre-Columbian America, Oceania, Mediterranean antiques, musical instruments of the Asian world , Africa, Oceania, America, landscape painting of the nineteenth century with the little masters of Provence.

A first garden planted with Mediterranean species, including large pines , welcomes the walker. It is the prelude to the entrance of museum visitors. After the visit of the collections, the visitor arrives in the inner courtyard of the museum in the center of which is located the watchtower of the old castle of Cannes. From the top of the 109 steps of this medieval tower , a 360 ° point of view is offered to the visitor.

Casino Croisette

Facing the Big Blue, the legendary Palais des Festivals and Congress houses the 3,000 m² of the largest casino in the region. Concrete and glass of the resolutely contemporary facade offer a striking contrast with the interior decoration. From the entrance, gigantic aquarium, gilded statues and wall engravings inspired by Greek mythology take you to the Games Room. Light effects, colorful and changing, envelop the contemporary decor of the Poker Room, tables Blackjack and English Roulettes. Overlooking the slot machines, a mezzanine houses a restaurant overlooking the historic district of Suquet and the port. Surf through time and bet on luck at Casino Barrière Cannes Le Croisette.

The first casino in France to host slot machines in 1987, the Casino Barrière Cannes Le Croisette now has 245, which are constantly renewed. Housed in a room, remarkable for its height under ceiling, they rub Poker videos and English electronic roulettes. Individual screens gently introduce the rules of the game while the more assertive bidders clash at the tables of BlackJack, English Roulettes or, in the summer, Battle. But it is on the 11 carpets of the poker room that the tension reaches its maximum. Are you going to try an all-in? Test the thrill on the Côte d’Azur.

French variety, pop, rock, magic, musical comedy, cabaret revue and dinner show. A festive wind blows on the mezzanine of Café Croisette and spreads throughout the building. Artists wander between the tables or on the dance floor in the center of the restaurant. At thematic evenings, the red decor and contemporary lines of the furniture is adorned with accessories and plays of light plunge you into different atmospheres. On Saturdays, the music is played live in the heart of slot machines. At the Cannes Barrière Casino Le Croisette the show is on the front row.

Rue d’Antibes

This street downtown, old national road that connected Cannes to Antibes, has always welcomed a multitude of shops.
The largest ready-to-wear brands in the world are represented and easily accessible by the bus network or thanks to the many car parks that line it.

Connected very regularly to the Croisette, close to the Palais des Festivals and Congress, it is the main artery of Cannes if you want to go shopping.

Massif de l’Esterel

The Esterel Massif is a Mediterranean coastal mountain range in the departments of Var and Alpes-Maritimes in Provence, south-east France.

Neighbouring cities are Mandelieu and Cannes on the east and Saint-Raphaël / Fréjus on the west.

The soil and rocks of the range are of volcanic origin, composed mainly of porphyry, which gives the hills a red color. The terrain is rugged, with deep ravines and oak forests. The highest point of the massif is Mont Vinaigre (618 metres).

The massif covers an area of 320 km², of which 130 km² are officially protected in the Forêt domaniale de l’Esterel (National Forest of Esterel). The nature reserve offers hiking and mountain biking trails including the GR 49 and GR 51. The Esterel mountains also host the Pierre et Vacances holiday village Cap Estérel.


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