Walking among the couture shops and palaces of La Croisette, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the global downturn was all media hype. There is as much wealth and glamour as ever, and admiring Ferraris and Porsches and celebrity spotting on the liner-sized yachts are still favourite Cannes pastimes.
For those who aren’t seduced by Cannes’ hedonistic air, there’s enough natural beauty to make a trip worthwhile: the harbour, the bay, the clutch of islands off the coast and the old quarter, Le Suquet, all spring into life on a sunny day.
As for the world-famous film festival, it is unfortunately not the most visitor-friendly event: think stratospheric prices and insider-only attendance. It is, however, celebrity spotting at its very best!
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Cannes Film Festival: a guide to celebrating the silver screen on the Côte d’Azur
'Cannes 2008-05-08' by fr.zil. Creative Commons Attribution Location: Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France Dates: mid- to late May Level of participation: 3 - go star-spotting by the red carpet The 67th Festival de Cannes has opened...
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French Riviera Small Group Day Trip from Nice
From Monte Carlo to Cannes you'll see all the fabulous towns of the French Riviera on this small-group day trip from Nice. You’ll delight in the scenic drive along the famous Mediterranean coastal road, as the sparkling blue sea shines, dotted with white yachts.
Ferry to St Tropez from Cannes
If you’re looking to spend a day in St Tropez, there’s no more relaxing way to start your journey than on a boat ride from Cannes. Enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea and the shoreline of the French Riviera as you cruise along the coast.