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Overview to Cannes: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
Cannes is famed for its glitzy film festival and ‘sun-and-celeb’ drenched beaches - and as an infamous playground of the rich. But, as an attractive, vibrant city laid out in a striking natural setting, there’s much more to Cannes than just yachts and designer sunglasses.
To get your bearings (and begin your trip in style), it’s worth walking up Mount Chevalier to the Haute Ville. Also known as the area of Suquet, the panoramic views on offer – across the city and out to the sparkling sea beyond – are one of the town's most picturesque attractions.
The bustling heart of Cannes is surrounded by narrow alleys, a market at Forville and the leafy streets of Liberte. Nearby, the boulevard of La Croisette (one of the most famously chic in the world) runs along the sleek Vieux Port.
A shoppers’ paradise, the boulevard also features some of the large and ostentatious casinos. At the end lies the Palais des Festivals, a surprisingly unattractive building that houses the Casino Croisette and acts as the festival’s main venue.
During the Cannes Film Festival, the city is flooded with A-list megastars. But this vibe isn’t limited to the festival fortnight: in Cannes, glitz is an all-year event with February and March playing host to a vibrant carnival and September bringing in a huge regatta.
For a break from it all, the Lerins Islands are a 15 minute boat ride from the port. Kicking back on the beaches and exploring the lush forests, it’s easy to reflect that, however fashionable it may be among the socialites, Cannes is not ‘the' destination on the Riviera, but merely one of many…