Cannes – Synonymous with Glamour
I would really like to go to Cannes as I haven’t been since my 21st birthday and I really miss the resort town on the French Riviera. I spent so much time there as a child and some of my best childhood memories have been made in Cannes. The town is known for its world-famous film festival, that will actually start on the 11th of May and I prefer to go either pre-film festival or after August. During the high season, I try to avoid Cannes. As a child, I was there for six weeks most summers and I remember how busy it was. My parents, my sister and I would often go to the beach closer to the Mandelieu-La Napoule as it was less crowded and we could enjoy it more.
Where to Stay in Cannes
Great restaurants in Cannes
Probably one of my favourite restaurants in Cannes is Le Repère in Mandelieu-La Napoule. The restaurant has a large outside terrace with a lovely view across the bay towards Cannes. The food is fantastic and has reasonable prices. It’s around a 9km distance from the Port de Cannes, but I can’t recommend visiting this place enough. Remember when Made in Chelsea’s Spencer took Caggie to Cannes and they had a double date dinner at a restaurant with Hugo and Millie? Yep, it’s that restaurant. Alongside the shoreline you can find lots of restaurants that serve fantastic seafood for every budget.
Activities in Cannes
I have to admit, I am rather lazy when I am in Cannes when it comes to activities apart from shopping, dining out and drinking too many cocktails. I also don’t drive, so I rely on public transport. However, I recommend the next six activities if you are in Cannes for a few days.
1. Visit the Island Île Sainte-Marguerite
Just a fifteen minute ferry ride from the Port of Cannes, is the biggest of the Lérins Islands: Île Sainte-Marguerite. It’s only half a mile off shore from Cannes and famous for its fortress prison Fort Royal. The Man in the Iron Mask was held there in the 17th century and you can actually enter the cell he stayed in. It’s a nice contrast from the glamorous city of Cannes with its La Croisette, yachts and high end designer stores.
2. La Croisette
3. Shopping on Rue d’Antibes
4. Take the train to Nice, Antibes or Monaco
5. Walk along the beach to Mandelieu-La Napoule
6. Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès was built in 1949 to host the Cannes Film Festival. You can walk along Cannes’ Walk of Fame or visit the Cannes Tourist Office. The Film Festival will actually start two days after I’ll leave Cannes, so I guess lots is happening when I am there.
Have you been to Cannes? What did you think? Have you been recently and can you recommend something? Let me know in the comment box below. Merci!