Places to visit - Lieux, Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival / Festival de Cannes) is the world's most prestigious film festival.
The 59th Festival will take place between May 17-28, 2006. The Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday May 28th !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wanna see celebrities?
One sure-fire method is of course the red carpet entrance to evening Competition screenings at the Palais. And on La Croisette, the famous boulevard along the blue azur coast theres plenty things to see at the both sides, at one where the luxe hotels are or at the coast side.
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The Cannes Film Festival, held each May in the upscale Mediterranean city, offers visitors a chance to bask on the beach, do some serious shopping and even spot a celebrity or two.
Visit Cannes In May For Beaches, Shopping & Celebrity-Spotting !!!
THE PALAIS: open to the public from 9am to 6:30pm. Visitors will be able to access the March? du Film from Wednesday 17th May to Saturday 27st May from 9am to 6:30pm.
THE RIVIERA & PANTIERO INTERNATIONAL VILLAGES: Besides the Palais and Riviera, the site of the Festival de Cannes includes the Village International comprised of the Riviera, where filmmaking from all over the world is presented in pavilions, and the Pantiero, where the entire spectrum of the French film offering is on display.
And The Winner is..........
The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for the best film; this is sometimes shared by multiple films in one year. The jury of the festival, made of a small international selection of movie professionals, however grants other awards, include the Grand Prix (Grand Prize, the second most prestigious award).
Favorite thing: The Carlton hotel is somehow a symbol of Cannes. It's located in the heart of Cannes, on one of France most beautiful avenues, the famous La Croisette and only 800 metres away from the Palais des Festivals.
Favorite thing: Beaches of Cannes are famous so they are overcrowded on summer. So if you have a chance to escape from the centre and find less crowded beach, do it. At least, there's a nice island Sainte-Marguerite not far from Cannes, you have just to buy the ticket and take a boat in Cannes' port. More about this island read on my Sainte-Marguerite island page.
Beneath the promenade, many sandy beaches stretch out to sea. Most of them are private, which means you have to pay to gain access, but your money will buy you the comfort of a sunbed, parasol and drinks at the bar.
The town side of La Croisette is largely devoted to illustrious fashion boutiques of big names in haute couture and jewelry such as Christian Lacroix, Hermès, Chanel, etc.
This is also the site of Cannes' most prestigious and palatial hotels, including the famous: Hôtel Carlton and Hôtel Martinez, which is home to most of the film stars during the International Film Festival.
Favorite thing: A visit to Cannes is not complete without a stroll along La Croisette, the splendid boardwalk that stretches along the whole length of Cannes' coastline. The atmosphere of this fabulous walkway changes with the passing of each hour. One minute you'll be surrounded by crowds of tourists, the next you'll meet a local walking with his dog, while at other times you'll pass wealthy, elegantly-dressed residents, or even eccentrics and posers making sure they grab the attention of every passer-by… but before 10 in the morning, when the town is still quiet, the atmosphere will take you right back to the belle époque...
These two sparkling emeralds that set off the coast of Cannes go by the names of Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat. Far from the hustle and bustle of the town, the islands seem to look on Cannes with an assured and peaceful air. Adventuring into the natural beauty of the islands is a very popular pursuit during the summer months.
To get there, take one of the boats which depart near the Palais des Festivals. It was on the island of Sainte-Marguerite that the “Man in the Iron Mask”, made famous by Alexandre Dumas, was kept for eleven years (although the mask was in fact made of velvet).
Check out also my page about Île Sainte-Marguerite
Far from the opulence and modernity of Cannes, the old port and adjoining Suquet district are the most picturesque parts of town, taking you back in time. It's easy to lose your way among the elaborate labyrinth of back streets, quaint passageways and pretty little squares, but they are deliciously cool retreats in the summer heat.
Climb the streets to reach the top of the Suquet hill, from where you can take in an unrivalled panorama of Cannes and the surrounding area.
As for the old port, its moorings are only occupied by yachts and small fishing boats.
Favorite thing: Cannes’ moment of glory takes place in May, with the International Film Festival, when images of the stars descending the red-carpeted steps of the Palais des Festivals are flashed on television screens worldwide. For many, this city on France’s Côte d’Azur is synonymous with the glamour of this event. Often overlooked, however, is the fact that Cannes is France’s second most important city – after Paris – for business tourism.
Fantastic buildings and casinos and hotels are everywhere.When we first got to Cannes, we drove in i was amazed at the vast number of huge glamerous hotels.The seafront road was full of luxury cars and i was stunned by it all.We did not book and was surprised how busy it was.But saying that the beach was not busy, just the roads, traffic.When i go back im going to treat myself to one night in a fancy hotel on the beach overlooking the old town port.
Fondest memory: I miss the style and class of Cannes.How clean and pretty it all was.I felt special just being there.
Here are the beautiful gardens near the Film Festival building.I highly recomend going here to see the building and relax and take the weight off.Just past here was another park with a funfair and an ice cream bar and music etc playing.Good for the kids.Basically where ever you go in Cannes there are gardens,, spotless, tropical,,, very pretty.
Fondest memory: I will miss the tropical gardens with palms and banana trees.
Favorite thing: Sainte-Anne chapel(12th century) has a exhibition"musigues du monde".This is a collection of 200 musical instruments from all over the world.Such places as Asia, Pacific and Africa.From the tower you have an exellent view of Cannes all along the coastline.I found that alone worth the walk to the chapel.I found the old part of Cannes the most scenic.
The castle museum is open from the following times
It costs 3 Euros to get in.
Fondest memory: 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.
Favorite thing: The castle is a listed building and has had the entire contents of the museum of Cannes in it since 1952.The main contents of the museum is exotic art and culture from Egypt,North America,Asia and Africa.I found visiting the museum worth while and it only costs 3EUROS to enter.Also the views are worth 3 euros alone.
Favorite thing: This is one of the most famous promenades in the world. The fine sand beaches below it covered with parasols, changing color with each change of concession (the Majestic, the Carlton, to name a few). For three kilometers following the curve of the bay one can see flowering gardens, lawns planted with palm trees, umbrella pines and other trees all the way to Port Canto, Palm Beach and a sea water health spa.
Favorite thing: The best (and cheapest) thing to do in Cannes is to go to the top of Le Suquet (the hill west of the port) and admire the view.