Today, Cannes is primarily a capital of the world cinema, yachts and stars, a paradise on earth which brings together the influential and wealthy people from around the world, a city of international congresses and the most famous film festival.
However, not only celebrities, but also everyone who visits the pearl of the Côte d'Azur, Cannes, can walk on the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals stairs, on the Avenue of Stars on which the outstanding actors left their handprints. Sophia Loren, Charlie Chaplin, Catherine Deneuve, Tom Cruise, Diana, Princess of Wales and many other iconic figures leave a memory of theirselves.
It is interesting to walk through the main fashionable streets of Antibes and the Avenue of Freedom, as well as the legendary Boulevard de la Croisette which starts near the Palais des Festivals and stretches for three kilometres to the Cape of Palm Beach. The view of luxury hotels, restaurants, boutiques which elegantly rise among the palm trees and other subtropical flora make you dizzy.
Be sure to see the wonderful gothic church of Notre Dame d'Esperans (Our Lady of Hope) of XVI-XVII century which is located behind the rampart on Suquet Hill. Here is another prominent attraction in Cannes, a 22-meter Suquet Tower. From the top of the hill a beautiful view of the city and its surroundings opens up. Below, on the slopes of Chevalier Mountain, stretches the old part of the town, the core of Cannes, La Suquet district, with its eight narrow winding streets, houses with tiled roofs interspersed with magnificent bougainvilleas. The city looks especially fascinating and mystical from the top of the hill at dawn.
The first settlements in this area have more than one thousand years. The history and antiquity admirers can try to find there the testimonies of those distant times – the rock inscriptions and see the old buildings that once served for ancient people as bath-houses, arenas, chapels, temples.
Those who wish not only to relax but also to learn something new and interesting about the history of the region, its traditions and customs, can visit the museums which amount to over eighty at Cannes, and among which there are open-air museums.
Visiting the Maritime Museum and the Museum of Perfumes with their unique collections is especially fascinating. At the Maritime Museum which is located on the island of Saint-Marguerite near Cannes you can see the exhibition of more than thirty old ships, hear their stories. One of the most perplexing mysteries of Cannes also related to this place is that in the 17th century a mystical prisoner in the Iron Mask was kept there. His contemporaries considered him an illegitimate son or the brother of King Louis XIV, because his keeping was very good. In the Museum of Perfumes you can get acquainted with a fascinating history of the perfumery and the secrets of perfume creation, particularly during the time of Queen Marie-Antoinette.
Visiting Cannes is, among other things, an excellent opportunity to enjoy a beach recreation because most of the length of the city, 5 km of 9, is the first-class beaches. At the same time, Cannes is the traditional venue of the Royal yacht regattas, international equestrian tournaments and other prestigious sporting events. In general, Cannes is the second largest city of France after Paris by the number of major events held, including the international ones.
Over a hundred hotels in Cannes are ready to hospitably open their doors to the vacationers. Also a delicious French cuisine, a lot of sun and a plenty of friendliness wait for them at any time of the year.