I have taken an advantage to swim in the sea on the central Cannes beach - near to the quay with smart yachts. The evening was a little bit windy, therefore the sea has been covered by a fine ripples.
It was not so convenient to bathe for this reason - waves overflowed and got in a mouth and eyes. Water was, as is usual, warm, it was not less 25 degrees.
Miles of golden sandy beaches
The castle museum is open from the following times
It costs 3 Euros to get in. The address is
Musee de la Castre Le Suquet 06400 Cannes.
Tel- 04 93 38 55 26.
The castle museum takes around an hour to look around and you can linger outside with the great views of Cannes beach.
Cannes beach was spotless and had crystal clear blue water.It was also long and very sandy.It is always busy but i must say when i went in October it was quite empty.The weather was still in the mid 20's, so beach is still usable.There are plenty of public areas and also some private areas.You have to pay to use these and the trendy and rich are to be found here.I think they are £10 upwards to use private cordened off areas.
Along the beach are huge impressive looking hotels which i could not touch as they were very expensive.£200 a night or more.I picked a hotel about 20 mins walk from seafront as the price was more bearable.£60 a night.Sit on the beach and you can see right along the boulavard and the beautiful palms that line the road.
If you want you can take a drink or meal right on the waters edge, but for a price i must say.
We spent almost all our time in Cannes on the beach, with one hour in the sun for every five minutes in the water. In 35 degrees heat, there was no better way to pass the time!
"Beach, hotels & restaurants - heading for the sun"
The story of Cannes
Height of the season, the thermometer just crossed 30C, bodies are turning brown and the bar bill is climbing with alaming speed. No matter - you are here for the Riviera experience, and you are going to have to pay. Bienvenue a Cannes (leading credit cards accepted).
A hundred and fifty years ago Cannes was just a simple fishing village. The British Lord Chancellor Lord Brougham was on his way to Winter in Italy, as was the custom, when he found his progress blocked by a military cordon sanitaire established to prevent spread of an outbreak of Cholera. He was taken with his enforced stopover, warming to the charms of Cannes and decided to make it his future winter base. He returned each year, and in his footsteps came more British high society, soon making "Brighton-on-the-Med" Europe's most fashionable tourist destination.
In the harbour, royal playboys moored their "batchelor pad" yatchs. Ladies eager to find themselves in the company of royalty found the invitation card to "join the Prince of Wales on his yatch" impossible to resist. (I mean, ladies, could you, honestly?) It was said Queen Victoria despaired of her son's escapades, but at least, on the Riviera, such frivolous pleasures were out of sight. Victoria held court in Cimiez over five Winters while eldest son "Bertie" partied in Cannes. His final accession to the British throne alas meant farewell the Riviera. But Cannes was already on a roll...
Lacking any essential industry other than pleasure, the canny Cannes municipality saw potential in the Conference Industry, and in 1983 up went the Palais de Festivals. Now hardly a week goes by without the fifth world annual conference of something or other, attended by armies of earnest young men in suits carrying laptops, barking down mobile phones and poring over their Blackberrys to ensure they "stay in the loop" - ie. that their department is not downsized or outsourced whilst away on their Riviera freebie
Cannes scooped the pot when it established its annual Film Festival, held in May each year. Stars stars stars. Hollywood-sur-mer. It screams glamour. So much so the low-cost airlines briefly cease to be low-cost. The papparazzi book every available seat a year in advance.
The Croisette is the essential Cannes promenading and people-watching stretch along the beach-front. Outside the luxury grand hotels you can press your nose against the windscreen of Lamboughinis and Ferraris, and speculate on who's who.
So that is Cannes today: luxury hotels, private beaches, expensive restaurants, fashion shopping, glamorous and ritzy people. There is something deeply appealing about the shallowness of Cannes. Dip in, if you can afford it, dip in even if you can't. - there's still a little public beach left.
"Cruise the Croisette, or explore the Old Town"
There are two Cannes. The one of beaches and luxury hotels which line the front, where Lamborghinis jostle with the Ferraris for parking space at the height of the season. The other Cannes, of the old town area of Le Suquet, tucked behind the port, crammed full of narrow streets with tiny boutiques, restaurants, galleries and various shops.
Add a little colour to the scene. Sit out at a beachfront cafe and order the standard thirstquencher, l'eau gazeuse Perrier avec sirop de menthe, or ask for a biere pression "Monaco" - draft beer with grenadine, which turns it a rich red.
"Shopping in the Rue d'Antibes"
Every designer label is here in the elegant Rue d'Antibes. Saturday afternoon it really buzzes. The crowds throng, everybody has the right style - and is eagerly looking for more. Sale time is good - expect 70% off at least. Otherwise, why not play "Fantasy Credit Card" . With shoes to die for at only 500 euros a pop, you could soon make up an imaginary wardrobe that would put footballers wives to shame.
The large sun glasses must be worn, preferrably mouted on the forehead. The Style Police issue on-the-spot fines for tourists caught wearing socks with sandals. The style is "young fashion", however old you are.
Cannes la bocca
We are finally going to have our first vacation in 2 years. We are going to have an appartment in a hotel called "Cannes Beach Residence" located in
11. avenue Pierre Sémard. My travel agancy told us that it will take only 15 min. walk to the center of the Cannes. Is this true?
Have anyone been there?
Are there any supermarket in this area?
How is the price levels in Cannes la bocca comaperd to I.e. other western countries or Scandinavia?
I'll appriciate your answers.
Thanks in advance.
Re: Cannes la bocca
I passed through the locate some time ago , and I think you can really reach the center in 15 minutes along the sea promenade ( very beautiful) The beache in front of your apartment seemed to be very beautiful, and scenic, much better than in Central Cannes itself.
I think you did the right choice.Prices are expensive, as everywhere nowadays.Not worse than elsewhere if you avoid luxury restaurants
Re: Re: Cannes la bocca
Thank you so much for your quick answer. I'm glad to hear that. How much a taxi trip will cost from Nice airport to cannes la bocca?
Are there any supermarkeds regarding buying baby food in this area or do we have to take a walk to the cannes downtown?
Once again, thank you so much for your qucik and usefull answer.