Mingling with Hollywood A-listers is not a common activity on holiday for most of us. Dreams can become a reality in Cannes though. The rich and the famous descend on Cannes every May for the world’s most famous film festival. Cannes has been the place for film for 70 years. We can’t guarantee that you’ll start getting invites to Beverley Hills by becoming best buds with Ryan Gosling. But if you fancy spotting a celeb on holiday, then Cannes is not a bad place to start!
You don’t have to coincide your holiday with the Cannes Film Festival to enjoy this vibrant city though. It’s a great spot on the French Riviera to relax and pamper yourself with a little luxury. Picture a relaxing stroll along the Quai St Pierre, looking out at the sun setting over the Mediterranean and the multi-million pound yachts all moored for the evening. If you’re looking to splash the cash on your holiday in Cannes, then head to the Rue d’Antibes. Chic designer shops selling the latest styles from France and Italy welcome customers through the doors. You might even be able to pay for these souvenirs by getting lucky at the Casino Palm Beach at the eastern end of Cannes.
If you’re looking for a little more culture from your holiday to Cannes, then head to the Musee d’Art and the Musee de la Castre. There’s bundles of interesting exhibits to cast your gaze over. Some of the relics even date back to prehistoric times.
The two-mile Croisette seafront promenade hasn’t changed much since it was built in 1960. You can just imagine some of those legendary film stars taking an evening stroll there. Lots of activities can be found alongside the Croisette. There’s grand old hotels, casinos, designer shops and an exclusive harbour. Oh, and there’s plenty of sandy beaches to work on that tan before you enjoy the Cannes nightlife.
It’s not all flash cars and designer goods in Cannes. If you visit the old town, known as Le Suquet, you can get a glimpse into Cannes’ past. After a steep climb, you visit a walled town which contains characterful churches and museums. The views from here are superb over the rest of Cannes, the port and the nearby Lérins Islands. At the foot of the old town is the Forville market with traditional local shops such as butchers, bakers and wine merchants.
After a short boat ride from La Croisette, holidaymakers can reach the beautiful Lérin Islands. These Mediterranean gems have been left untouched by the modern world. They’ve also got an unusual history. This was supposedly one of the settings for the mystery of the Man in the Iron Mask.
Of course, it’s great to be in Cannes when the film festival is on. But not all of us can spare the time or money to head there when the celebrity hurricane hits in May. The good news is that there is a big cinema scene in Cannes all year round. There’s guided tours, painted murals and a little train to see the main cinematic sites. Oh, and of course, there’s a giant multiplex to watch the latest releases.
Whether you are a scratch player or a beginner, there’s no shortage of chances to hit the fairway in Cannes. There are 11 courses within a few miles of La Croisette beach. Pack the clubs on your easyJet flight and sample some of the most beautiful 18-hole courses on the French Riviera.
Cannes is almost as famous for its shopping as it is for the film festival. One of the best places to flash your credit card is La Croisette, with many of the haute couture designer stores found along the promenade. Running parallel to the Croisette, Rue d’Antibes is also worth a visit, with several fashion boutiques, interior design shops and tea salons. If you’re looking for something a little more quaint, then head to the shops in the historic Le Suquet neighbourhood.
Beaches in Cannes
There’s plenty of opportunity to simply relax, work on the tan and sip on a cocktail in Cannes. The beaches of Croisette are an inviting, if popular, spot to sunbathe. If you head a little further along the coast, then the resort of Antibes and Juan les Pins is also a great spot for family fun on the beach.
French Riviera cuisine
Welcome to the home of gastronomic heaven. The French Riviera has some of the best food to taste in all of the Mediterranean. Picture perfectly-grilled fresh fish, vegetables coated in local oil and a glass of chilled rose wine. That’s pretty much the typical dish that you’re likely to order in Provence. One thing that you must try in the French Riviera is a fish soup. It’s a simple dish, but the quality of the fish and seafood makes it absolutely delicious. Just make sure you order enough bread to dip!
Restaurants in Cannes
Dining in Cannes is a social experience. It’s a place to chat and leisurely reflect over several courses of delicious grub. There are more than 350 restaurants in Cannes, so you won’t be short on an option for dinner! Every budget is catered for. There’s Michelin Starred eateries next to humble bistros.
If you’ve always fancied living the life of a film star, then enter into the glamorous world of Cannes. It’s a holiday filled with luxury, extravagance and maybe, even the chance to hobnob with a celebrity. Golden beaches, chic clothes boutiques and delicious food combine to create a memorable trip. If you want to book a holiday to Cannes, then look no further than easyJet holidays. It’s the hassle-free way to visit this must-see destination. Book your hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays and you’ll save on the cost. Take a peek at our other destination guides in France if you’re still open to ideas.