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The Best of Cannes, France

Updated on November 14, 2018
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Working in a Cruise Line allowed me to travel in different places around the world. As these travels gave me a different view in life.

History of Cannes

Only 150 years ago, Cannes was nothing more than a quaint fishing village. Since then it has become an elegant city known round the world which attracts an international crowd. Home to the famous International Film Festival, today Cannes is one of Europe’s major tourist centers, though the city’s origin was something of an accident.

In 1834 Lord Broughman, Britain’s Lord Chancellor was forced to stay in Cannes. While going to Nice, an outbreak of cholera caused all travel in the area to be halted. He fell in love with the town and built a house to which he would migrate to avoid the harsh England winters. Soon others of the high society followed, making Cannes the place to vacation.

Cannes France Tourism Office
Cannes France Tourism Office | Source

Cannes Highlights

The places of interest in Cannes include: Haute Ville (the city on high), Viex Port (the old port), the Palais des Festivals (Palace of Festivals) and the Croisette (Cannes’ main avenue).

Hauteville

The top of the city can be reached by climbing Mont Chevalier up to Suquet. Le Suquet is the Old Town with its steep, cobbled streets and a 12th century watchtower. The tower was built by the monks of Lerins and dominates the hill on which Le Suquet is located. The panorama at the top is breath taking with the whole city below surrounded by the blue sea and the Lerins Islands.

Vieux Port

All along the Quai St Pierre in the old port fishing boats and pleasure boats can be seen docked side by side. The fishermen work on their nets next to their colorful barks. On the Pier Albert Edouard the most beautiful yachts in the world come to moor.

Palais Des Festivals

This fabulous structure, capable of housing all kinds of events, has propelled Cannes into becoming France’s second most popular convention center. The international Film Festival is held here, as well as the MIDEM (congress of record producers), concerts of classical music, dance and theater. Additionally, four casinos are located within.

Croisette

The most prominent main road of Cannes, France. This 2km road stretches along the Mediterranean Sea. It is known for the Palais des Festivals et des Congrè.

Cannes France Map

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Haute Ville:
Le Suquet, 06400 Cannes, France

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The Cannes Old Town

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Palais des Festivals:
1 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France

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The venue for the Cannes Film Festival and the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

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Cannes France:
Cannes, France

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A a resort town on the French Riviera.

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Croisette:
Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France

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It is a prominent road in Cannes.

Festival de Cannes

Palais Des Festivals or Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes (Côte d'Azur)
Palais Des Festivals or Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes (Côte d'Azur) | Source

The Annual Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Festival or the Festival de Cannes or the Cannes Film Festival or the International Film Festival is an annual film festival held in the city of Cannes, France. It includes all films in different genres and even documentaries from all around the world. It was first held in the year 1946. The festival is annually held at Palais des Festivals et des Congres on an invitation basis only.

The most prestigious award given in this festival is the Palme d’Or or the Golden Palm for the best film. Other competition awards are as follows:

  • Gran Prix or Grand Prize of the Festival
  • Prix Du Jury or Jury Prize
  • Palme d'Or du court métrage or Best Short Film
  • Prix d'interprétation féminine or Best Actress
  • Prix d'interprétation masculine or Best Actor
  • Prix de la mise en scène or Best Director
  • Prix du scénario or Best Screenplay

The visitors start to come during the month of May when the Cannes Film Festival starts to run. Famous personalities such as actors and directors from other countries can be seen all over the place.

Did you know that the Cannes Film Festival was planned to be held in 1939? But the organizers decided to launch it just after the WWII had ended.

Walk of Fame features Cameron Diaz
Walk of Fame features Cameron Diaz | Source

List of Famous Stars on the Cannes Walk of Fame

Cannes Walk of Fame is known as the "Walk of Fame European Style" wherein imprinted palms and signatures of the stars are embossed on the floor.

Here's a list of some actors, actresses, film directors and other famous personalities in the film industry around the world.

  1. Angelina Jolie - an American actress, film maker and humanitarian
  2. Antonio Rodolfo Oaxaca Quinn - a Mexican American actor and writer
  3. Ben Kingsley - an English actor
  4. Cameron Michelle Diaz - an American actress, author, fashion model and producer
  5. Catherine Deneuve - a French actress, model, singer and producer
  6. Charlotte Rampling - an English actress, model and singer
  7. Claude Barruck Joseph Lelouch - a French actor, cinematographer, film director, producer and writer
  8. Claudia Cardinale - an Italian Tunisian actress
  9. Dennis Lee Hopper - an American actor, artist, film maker and photographer
  10. Francesco Rosi - an Italian film director
  11. Georges Lautner - a French film director and screenwriter
  12. Jaques Daniel Michel Piccoli - a French actor and film maker
  13. Jean Paul Belmondo - a French actor
  14. Jodie Foster - an American actres, director and producer
  15. Johnny Hallyday - a French actor and singer
  16. Lambert Wilson - a French actor
  17. Meg Ryan - an American actress, director and producer
  18. Mel Gibson - an American actor, film director, producer and screenwriter
  19. Meryl Streep - an American actress
  20. Nicole Kidman - an American Australian actress and film producer
  21. Richard Bohringer - a French actor
  22. Sandrine Bonnaire - a French actress, film director and screen writer
  23. Sylvester Stallone - an American actor and film maker
  24. Vanessa Redgrave - an English actress and political activist

Visiting Cannes France

Enjoying the Place

Cannes was just a small fishing village before, but became a glamorous place since it became the host city of the most prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The place offers plenty luxury hotels and restaurants. Shops, museums and villas can also be seen in different parts of the city.

As this place became the place of rich and famous, visitors may expect things to be quite expensive here. Yes, even a single souvenir magnet may cost you 6EUR. But for those who have enough budget who really love to do shopping and to do gambling. There is a casino near the Palais Des Festivals. Boutiques for branded items can be seen everywhere.

On the other hand, visitors with limited budget can still enjoy the place. Buy some food in the nearby grocery stores stroll around the city while checking out the beautiful view of the old marina. One of the best tourist attraction in Cannes is the architectural design of Le Suquet, an old medieval quarter of Cannes. Tourists managed to enjoy the climb going to Le Suquet despite of the winding cobbled lane because of the breathtaking view of the sea from the top plus the beauty of clock tower and old church.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Dred Cuan 

      6 months ago from California

      Liz, it's absolutely a great place to visit. However, you must have a pretty decent amount of budget to stay here for a long vacation. You know what I mean? LOL

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 months ago from UK

      Cannes is a lovely place to visit. We had a two week family holiday in an apartment here a few years ago. There's so much to see on the French Riviera.

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