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Introducing Cannes

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!