Cannes is the third largest town in the region in demographic terms, after Nice and Antibes, and offers a wide variety of tourist and cultural activities.
It is impossible to talk about Cannes without mentioning its famous Film Fesival and the Palme d’Or, a veritable emblem of the town. The festival which was founded in 1946, is one of the most famous cinematographic events in the world. The biggest names in the profession take turns in appearing in the second half of May. Film Festival is not the only large event in Cannes. Other festivals punctuate life in the town, whether this be the MIDEM or the MIPCAM…, which are significant events for music and television professionals. There is also the International Pyrotechnic Art Festival, The International Games Festival, the International Dance Festival, the Pantiero festival, the Cannes Golf Festival, the Cannes Shopping Festival, and the list goes on…
Le Suquet is the oldest district in Cannes and it is there that you will find the old town. Perched as it is on a hilltop, the village was protected from invasion by sea. At its peak, the Eleventh Century castle provides a panoramic view of Cannes bay. You can also see La Tour de la Castre (Castre Tower) and a church dedicated to sailors and fishermen.
The main shopping street in Cannes has to be Rue d’Antibes. Running parallel to La Croisette, this road is home to all sorts of boutiques. The town also has several markets which should not be missed.
There are a number of museums such as the Musée de la Castre (Castre Museum), the “Malmaison”, the Musée de la Mer (Museum of the Sea), the Espace Miramar, La Villa Domergue, etc.
For gambling enthusiasts, Cannes also has three casinos: the Palm Beach at the end of La Croisette; Casino de la Croisette and the Casino Les Princes.