|Cannes may be best known for its annual Film Festival and although this can attract the rich and famous Cannes actually offers far more than just this prestigious event each year.
Cannes Film Festival
However, it’s so important that it’s worth giving some hints and tips regarding this popular festival anyway. And if you’re interested in visiting during the Cannes Film Festival you’ll actually discover that this is a closed festival so you won’t be able to get into any of the red carpet events without an invitation. You can enjoy public screenings on the beach though, and so long as you don’t mind paying top dollar for a hotel you can have a really great time visiting Cannes during the Film Festival.
Whether you visit Cannes during the festival or not you’ll want to check out some of the city’s other attractions. The beautiful scenery and warm weather has been attracting tourists to Cannes for hundreds of years and La Croisette is one of the popular attractions. This is the street that lines the waterfront and it’s an avenue of palm trees with high class hotels on one side and the sea and beaches on the other. Stop for a while in one of the many cafés or restaurants.
St Marguerite Island
Just under a kilometre off the shores of Cannes is St Marguerite Island. This island is the largest of the Lerins Islands and is best known for its fortress where the ‘Man in the Iron Mask’ was held prisoner. Take a boat trip from Cannes to visit the island, fortress and museum that now occupies the fortress, and see the actual cell where this mysterious man was held in the 17th century.
The Museum of the Sea can now be seen inside the historic Fort Royal and it displays numerous artefacts that has been raised from the depths of ancient Roman and Saracen shipwrecks.
Cannes is also home to several other museums back on the mainland, including the Provence Museum of Art and History, the International Museum of Perfume, and Museum of Photography.
The Villas of Cannes
Cannes is also famous for its beautiful villas. Unfortunately most of these are privately owned and not open to the public, but this doesn’t stop you admiring them from the outside. Mostly built in the 1800s the villas take on many different styles and reflect the wealth that was attracted to Cannes back in these days.