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Cannes is a city on the French Riviera known mostly for it's film festival. An international event of cinematic proportions where the population of the city more than trebles due to the influx of stars, critics, journalists and star-gazers during a fortnight each year in May.

It's main feature is La Croisette, a magnificent promenade that divides the grand hotels from their private beaches and is lined by palm trees and designer boutiques. At the western end lies the bunker-like Palais des Festivals, the venue for the city's full calendar of functions and conferences aswell as the film festival. Outside the buildings main steps, the pavement is lined with imprints of the hands and feet of French and Hollywood stars.

Continuing west is the Vieux Port and then a small hill on which the old town known as Le Suquet is situated. This is the Cannes that Lord Broughham knew when he visited in 1832. His influence was instrumental in turning Cannes from a relatively unknown fishing village to a top Mediterrenean resort.

The main tourist season for Cannes is from May to October. Unlike Nice, Cannes has many sandy beaches, albeit mostly private for the guests of the hotels lining La Croisette. Some public beaches however do exist west from the Palais des Festivals.

Just off the coast lies the Lerin Islands which can be reached by a 15-minute boat ride from the Vieux Port. These consist of two islands, one contains an abbey and the other an old fort. Each of them have had a famous resident, Saint Patrick and The Man In The Iron Mask, respectively.

What to See - Cannes Attractions

Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence
2 rue Jean Ossola, Grasse 06130
an eclectic collection of faience pottery from Apt and Moustiers plus paintings by Granet
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:daily; Oct,Dec-May:Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)4 93 36 01 61

Musee de la Marine
Bd du Jeu-de-Ballon, Grasse 06130
tells the story of Admiral de Grasse who won fame in the American War of Independence
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:daily; Oct-May:mon-Sat | Tel: +33 (0)4 93 40 11 11

Studio des Fragrances
route de Pegomas, Grasse 06130
where you can mix essences to make your own perfume
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)4 93 09 20 00

La Croisette Location Map

Cannes most famous boulevard

Palais des Festivals Location Map
1 Boulevard La Croissette, Cannes 06400
the venue for all of Cannes main events
| Tel: +33 (0) 493 39 24 53

Musée de la Mer Location Map
Fort Royal Ile Ste-Maguerite, Cannes 06400
housed in the Fort Royal on Île Sainte Merguerite, showing exhibits dealing with the fort's history and ships wrecked off the island's coast
| Admission charge | Opening Times: 10h30-13h15, 14h15-16h45 | Tel: +33 (0) 493 43 18 17

Abbaye de Lérins Location Map
BP 157, CANNES CEDEX 06406
an abbey run by Cistercian Monks on Île Saint Honorat, producing honey wine and a delicious golden liquer called Lérina
| Tel: +33 (0) 492 99 54 00

Villa-Musee Fragonard
23 blvd Fragonard, Grasse 06130
displays some of the raunchy works of the Grasse-born artist
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:daily; Oct,Dec-May:Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)4 93 40 32 64

Musée de la Castre Location Map
Le Suquet, Cannes 06400
housed in the château atop Le Suquet, containing collections of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern antiquities
| Admission charge | Opening Times: 10h-13h,15h-17h closed Mondays and some holidays | Tel: +33 (0) 493 38 55 26