Overwhelmed by the glitz and glamour of the famous Film Festival it hosts, the beauty of Cannes itself is often overlooked. Find out the best spots in the city here! By Shrimayee Thakur
The former fishing village of Cannes is nestled in the heart of the French Riviera. It is a prime destination in May, when the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is organised in it, with the best of the best in the film business in attendance. But the film festival is not the only reason this city is worth visiting. It has much to offer to its visitors.
The Promenade de la Croisette is perhaps the most prominent road in the city, as the location for Palais des Festivals, which is where the Cannes Film Festival is held every year. However, apart from being the location for the popular event, it is also home to a vast array of luxury shops, restaurants and hotels. Eat at La Palme d’Or, a two Michelin starred restaurant, named after the coveted award.
The Le Suquet neighbourhood is an upcoming part of Cannes. Visit this charming neighbourhood to admire the pastel-coloured houses and cobbled streets. At the top of the Suquet hill is a medieval castle, which was turned into the Museum of Castre, an art museum that offers a breathtaking view of Cannes.
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Riccardo Cuccurullo’s restaurant Lucky You is also a great place to dine. Set on the Rue du Docteur Pierre Gazagnaire just at the lower entrance to Le Suquet, this elegant restaurant specialises in seafood and beef. Bistro Gourmand, offering Mediterranean cooking, is also located on the Rue du Docteur Pierre Gazagnaire.
Marché Forville is a large covered market located near the La Croisette boardwalk, which has fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and other prepared delicacies. Carry bottled water as the market gets hot during summer. Mondays are special with an all-day flea market.
Cannes has some of the most beautiful beaches on the French Riviera, which can be either private or public. While beachfront hotels offer access to their private beaches, guests can head west of the Old Port to enjoy less-crowded, picturesque beaches. The Îles de Lérins, a group of four islands off the French Riviera in Cannes, are just a short boat ride from La Croisette, offer visitors a glimpse into Cannes’ rich sea life.
Finally, dance the night away at one of Cannes’ hip nightclubs, like Gotha Club on Palm beach or the Bâoli Lounge Bar in Port Canto.