Cannes 2017 – Places to visit this summer

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Cannes 2017

Cannes 2017 – Places to visit this summer

The Festival De Cannes scarcely requires any introduction. With the 70th annual season beginning today, 17th May; do not expect to find access to Cannes unless you have a special invitation. But what you most certainly can do is visit these enchanting destinations basking under the sun of the French Riviera.

In an enchanting setting on Golfe de la Napoule bay, Cannes is blessed with a balmy Mediterranean climate. The weather is mild year-round and perfect for sunbathing by the beach from May through October. Leafy palm trees grace the streets of Cannes, and subtropical flowers flourish throughout the city, giving visitors the impression of being in paradise.

Boulevard de la Croisette

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The Boulevard de la Croisette is lined by elegant Belle Epoque hotels, such as the historic InterContinental Carlton Cannes-a wonderful example of grand French Art Nouveau architecture designed by Charles Dalmas. The beachfront boulevard offers scope for people watching as well as magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea. At the eastern section of the boulevard is the lovely Parc de la Roseraie and the idyllic Port Pierre Canto with its rows of luxury yachts docked at the harbor.

Water sport enthusiasts can continue towards the nearby Port Palm Beach where there is a sailing school.

Le Suquet (Old Town)

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The Le Suquet district offers exceptional views as well as old world charm of a fishing village. Expect to find traffic free quarters in parts, replete with narrow old staircases, pleasant courtyards and interesting historic remnants of ancient walls. At the heart of Le Suquet, the old church, Eglise du Suquet, and the 11th-century Tour du Mont Chevalier watchtower dominate the skyline. From the top of the watchtower, there is a wonderful panoramic outlook onto the beach and the bay all the way out to the Lérins Islands.

Notre-Dame de l’Espérance

Notre-Dame de l’Espérance isn’t to be confused with the Notre-Dame Cathedral, setting for Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame. This church was built in the 16th century and has a notable Madonna on a high altar. When entering the church, visitors are struck by the peaceful interior and the inspiring heights of its Gothic vaulting. The church also features a mix of architectural styles including a Renaissance porch, plus an organ that was installed in 1857 and has been recently renovated. There is also an old cemetery that dates back to the 16th century.

Musée de la Castre (Castre Museum)

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On a hill overlooking the Bay of Cannes, the Musée de la Castre occupies a former medieval monastery that is now converted into a museum. Surrounded by a Mediterranean garden, the site boasts exceptional views of the coastline and sea. The Castre Museum has an excellent collection of Mediterranean antiquities, pre-Columbian primitive art, and 19th-century Provencal landscape paintings. Several small rooms feature exotic art objects from Oceania and the Himalayas.

Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm except on national holidays; Monday through Sunday 10am-7pm in July and August
Admission: Adults €6, youth (under 25 years) €3, groups of ten people €3 per person, free on the first Sunday of every month and for children and youth under 18 years

Pour l’amour de la mer (For the love of the sea)

Cannes is famous for its fine sandy beaches with beautiful views and calm Mediterranean waters ideal for bathing. Including the nearby îles de Lérin and Estérel coastline, there are seven kilometers of beach property in Cannes. With so many options, there is something for every visitor. While many of the beaches in Cannes are private property owned by hotels, there are several beaches open to the public. These include the Macé Beach and the Zamenhof Beach, located off the Boulevard de la Croisette.

These beaches charge a small fee (€4 – €7) for use of the lounge chairs and parasols. Hours are from 8:30am-6:30pm during the tourist season. Also available for public use (and free of charge) are the Plage de la Casino along the Boulevard de la Croisette, La Bocca Beach, a gorgeous beach with golden sand, and Mouré Rouge Beach near the fishing ports.