Cannes is blessed with sandy beaches, although much of the bd de la Croisette stretch is taken up by private enterprises, leaving just a small strip of free sand near the Palais des Festivals for the bathing hoi polloi.
Building a Brand New Beach
At the time of writing, Cannes was undertaking its largest urban renewal project since 1960 – and the city's beaches are the lucky beneficiaries! In phase one of the project, barges have been hauling in boatloads of new sand (95,000 cu metres to be exact) to significantly enlarge Plage de la Croisette and protect it from erosion. When work is completed (scheduled for April 2019), the average beach width will have effectively doubled, to 40m.
Phases two and three, scheduled for completion by 2022, call for further beautification of Cannes' public spaces, with a new emphasis on aesthetic harmony and accessibility, including the widening of pedestrian walkways and bike lanes. Stay tuned!