Born as a fisherman village, Cannes, the jewelry of the French Riviera, is a mix of old and new, of glamorous movie stars and beautiful museums, of gorgeous architecture and never-ending beaches.
Just west of the Palais des Festivals, with all its glitz and glam, lies the real Cannes. Starting from the Vieux Port, lined with luxury yachts, you can follow the twisty cobbled rue St. Antoine all the way to Le Suquet. The old town with its castle ruins towers Cannes and offers great views of the bay. Collections of primitive art, Mediterranean antiques and paintings can be discovered in the Castre museum, located in the old castle and the Sainte-Anne Chapel.
On the other side of town, lining the shore, lies the Croisette, Cannes’ most famous boulevard, with its luxurious shops, hotels and restaurants. Located at the top of the boulevard is the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes, which hosts the famous Cannes film festival. Built in the Modernist style by the architects Sir Hubert Bennett and François Druet, the congress centre was built on the site of the municipal Casino.
Hop on a ferry next to the Palais des Festivals and spend a relaxing day at Lérins Islands, an exceptional archipelago covered by a lovely scent-laden eucalypt forest. Do not miss the Maritime Museum (Musée de la Mer) in St. Marguerite Island (Île Sainte-Marguerite), hosted by Fort Royal where the legend says that the Man in the Iron Mask had been jailed.
St. Honorat island, smaller than St. Marguerite, is a calm place to visit, charged with an extremely rich historic and religious background. Enjoy a stroll in a peaceful setting and do not leave without sipping a glass of Lérina, an herbal liqueur that is produced in the island.
To learn more about these attractions as well as other cultural events, shopping, top gastronomic venues and sightseeing opportunities offered by Cannes, please visit the official Cannes website: http://www.cannes-destination.com