Cannes Travel Guide

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Possibly the question most pondered by visitors to Cannes is: "Can we afford it?" The answer is: If you have to ask... But there are ways to enjoy the center of Cote d'Azur glamour -- if not on the cheap then at least on something less than $1,000 a day. Step 1: Don't visit in May, when the Cannes Film Festival takes place.

 

Sights

Many of the beaches in Cannes are owned by hotels or charge a high price for a few square meters of sand. But there are public beaches in the eastern part of town. These are usually crowded, though, so if you prefer a quieter time, visit one of the city's many well-tended parks and gardens. Or take a ferry over to Iles de Lerins, across the bay. Here you can see old castle ruins and the fortified monastery of Abbey Lerins. The monastery is a particularly interesting attraction. The monks sell great food and wine for you to take home or give as gifts. If you do happen to be in town in May -- and star gazing is your idea of entertainment -- show up early and grab a seat at one of the lively bars and cafes along La Croisette to watch the celebrities go by. At all times of year you can appreciate the area's historic architecture in the old city. Other good sightseeing options include a day cruise, like the lovely trip out to Corniche d'Or. Back on foot in the city, stroll over to landmark Notre Dame d'Esperance. Or drive out to see the art at Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence. Perfume lovers should visit Molinard, an old factory where many famous perfume scents are developed and created.

 

Dining

A lot of the most popular places to eat here are located by the water or in the charming old city along Le Suquet, the winding cobbled lane that climbs the hill. Dining outdoors is recommended, with the streets of Cannes serving as the romantic backdrop. Also try the vibrant Covered Market, the site to find plenty of (gourmet) street food. If you have a penchant for sweets you can find some of the best chocolate in the world in the stores along Rue d'Antibes. And take home a pack of crystallized fruit, a local treat that's a favorite of many visitors as well.

 

Shopping

Got your credit card? How high is the limit? Cannes is a haven for those who demand luxury goods and designer fashions. The best high-end shops, boutiques and galleries are located at La Croisette and in Rue d'Antibes. For those who want more affordable stores, there is a lot of local merchandise and souvenirs in the Old Town.

Where to Go in Cannes

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