Hello to all travelers, we are ready for a new adventure in the French city of Cannes. Who among you is ready like us? Meanwhile let’s start presenting the destination we are about to explore.
Cannes is a French commune which is part of the Maritime Alps and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region overlooking the Napoule Gulf; it is very close to the city we have just left, Nice (reachable by ferry). The city has two ports, the Vieux Port de Cannes (the main one) and the Port Pierre Canto. It is known not only for being a beautiful seaside destination with its famous promenade de la Croisette but also because it is here that one of the most famous festivals in the world is held every year, the Film Festival with the presence of many world stars. The islands of Lerino, Sant’Onorato and Santa Margherita belong to Cannes. In addition, the municipality is divided into districts, the most important is la Bocca (that is also a suburb) while the others that complete the list are: Croix-des-Gardes, Petit Juas, Suquet on the hill, Carnot, Center Ville, Prado Republique , Californie Pezou and Pointe Croisette. We conclude the presentation by adding that the main economic resource of Cannes is certainly tourism.
To know more (what to eat, where to eat, where to have fun, things to visit…) continue to read.
Every second is precious, let’s start right now.
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS…)
Abbaye de Lérins
- Abbaye de Lérins: is a medieval abbey located on the island of Sant’Onorato in the Lérins archipelago which currently houses a community of monks. The abbey consists of a high tower founded as a refuge for monks that once were subject to repeated attacks on the island. It is a real refuge as it is enclosed by high walls at the center of which stands the tower. The interior is gorgeous, it opens with a cloister and along the path on either side is adorned with palm trees, beautiful flowers and columns. The subsoil hid cellars (with the monks’ food supplies), an oil mill and a bread oven. The first floor was dedicated to work and common life in general, the second floor was dedicated to prayer and the rest of the floors (especially those with a view) were reserved for the soldiers who ensured the protection of the monastery. Think that the abbey is really huge that it was never possible to completely protect it.
- Eglise Notre Dame d’Esperance: this church is located at the top (so the view is more than assured) of Suquet, the symbolic district, in a small square. The church is very beautiful, it consists of a tower and is made of stone. The interior is also no exception. It consists of stained glass windows and a functioning organ. Its beauty is all in its simplicity.
- Musée de la Castre: museum-castle is located in Place de la Castre, also on the top of the Suquet hill. Classified as “Museum of France”, it contains collections belonging to the city of Cannes, primitive arts of the Himalaya-Tibet, Arctic and Oceania; Mediterranean antiquities; musical instruments from all over the world. For the fine arts, on the other hand, it has a remarkable heritage of wonderful 19th-century landscape paintings by lesser-known painters from Provence. The museum is part of the Lerino Abbey complex. Amazing is its stone interior, its large garden crowned by large domestic pines (a distinctive feature of the city) and the panoramic tower.
- Musée de la Mer: it is an archaeological, art and history museum, classified as “Museum of France”. From the appearance it looks like a fairly “wild” place but it is not, indeed it is the perfect representation of what this place once was. The building is made of stone and is divided into two parts, the prisons and the museum. Interesting is the famous story of the iron mask whose identity is still unknown. The view from there, as always, is wonderful.
- Centre d’art La Malmaison at Cannes: very beautiful art museum aesthetically embellished with wonderful palm trees. Inside are held exhibitions of great interest of modern and contemporary art. The exhibitions are set up in a simple but essential way.
- Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild: is a French villa located in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Absolutely marvelous, what is most striking are its gardens classified as “of the remarkable gardens of France”; not only because they are full of colorful flowers and plants of all kinds, but also for the different and particular installations (which create a nice ancient-modern contrast) set in the surroundings. An example is the relax area with tables where you can read a newspaper or a book borrowed from the museum library. You can’t miss it!
- Chateau de la Napoule: is a castle (on the sea) located in the commune of Mandelieu-la-Napoule and is registered as a historical monument. Well, what can we say… Its beauty cannot be explained, its vast and well-kept garden, the sculptures, the paths. Its interiors still smell of encounters between intellectuals and of all experience. A beautiful oasis that you will be amazed by, promised!
- Musee d’Art Classique de Mougins: it is an art museum, inaugurated very recently. The collection includes works ranging from the period from Ancient Egypt to Modern Art, plus the museum hosts several temporary exhibitions. Many artists, such as Pablo Picasso, have stayed in Mougins (where the museum is located) and for this reason we find some of his paintings inside. The peculiarity lies in the fact that a single place like this it manages to bring together a nice mix of art, ancient art, neo-classical, modern, and contemporary art.
- Musee Bonnard: dedicated to the French artist Pierre Bonnard, the museum is housed in a Belle Époque mansion. Therefore aesthetically beautiful and well organized internally. There are both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. Among the visible works there are paintings (landscapes of the Côte d’Azur, domestic scenes…), drafts, photographs that portray the painter in some scenes of everyday life (excellent for deepening the knowledge). The property also has a souvenir shop. So it is very interesting for those who already know the artist but also for those who want to meet some local artist.
- Parfumerie Galimard: unmissable experience. It is a perfume laboratory (Provence is also this, amazing smells) in which you will be explained and illustrated how these are created. At the end of the visit, you will be given the perfume sample that you created yourself. In addition the laboratory has a shop where you can buy perfumes, you can choose between creams and soaps. Heaven!
- To continue this sensory experience, don’t miss the Jardins du Musée International de la Parfumerie where beautiful and fragrant flowers bloom in the total preservation of biodiversity, often providing shelter to many animal species (so it will not be difficult to meet the local fauna). A wonderful place to let yourself go.
As for the theaters we find: Théâtre Claude Debussy, Théâtre La Licorne Espace Miramar, Grand Auditorium Louis Lumière.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Promenade de la Croisette
We are ready to discover the other side of Cannes, the entertainment.
- Let’s start with the Promenade de la Croisette, the famous boulevard that runs along the coast of the city. Beach on one side, luxury hotels and shops on the other. Its charm is indescribable, so much that every year the famous Cannes Film Festival takes place here. Day or night, it doesn’t matter, the great atmosphere is always guaranteed.
- Îles de Lérins: these are islands that form a small archipelago consisting of two islands (Santa Margherita and Sant’Onorato) and some uninhabited islets. The two major islands are all worth visiting, not only because they contain tourist attractions (which among other things we have already seen) but also for leisure as they are too suggestive places.
- Palais des Festivals: is the Cannes congress center that doesn’t go unnoticed and do you know why? Well it is the venue where the legendary Cannes Film Festival takes place. The building is very modern and there are also several handprints of famous artists on the outside. A must is the photo on the stairs like real stars!
- Vieux Port de Cannes: Cannes tourist port for a wonderful walk next to the sea and boats of all sizes (such a dream!). Surely the atmosphere in the evening is quite suggestive perfect for unforgettable photos.
- Parc naturel forestier de la Croix des Gardes: it is a fantastic green area overlooking the Gulf of Napoule (improperly known as the Bay of Cannes). Unmissable stop a few minutes from the center in the name of an exploration totally immersed in nature. The nice thing about this place is that along the way you will find signs with movements that you can do to keep fit, in which, among other things, some gym equipment is located nearby. While, on the other hand, if you love trekking or excursions, Col de Théoule is for you. A path up the mountain for true experts.
- Parc Du Paradou: it is a beautiful protected natural park located all along the coast. It is quite a wild place (which doesn’t mean scruffy, it is well looked after!). You can find everything from many types of birds to eucalyptus leaves with its fruits. The path to do is not very difficult, but then it is worth it only for the wonderful view that can be seen from up there. Another wonderful natural park to visit is the Parc de la Valmasque, as immense as it is beautiful, you will love it!
- In the city there is a lot to visit including: Mairie de Cannes with the town hall with remarkable architecture, a nice square to stop and in front of the building the Monument aux morts. San Peyre the hill of the city with a great view and a panoramic point where you can take some beautiful souvenir photos between the sea and nature. Quai Saint-Pierre (street of the Suque district) perfect area for a walk. Rue Meynadier, a street in the center of Cannes full of shops and boutiques (including artisan ones); but if you are looking for luxury for a crazy and unbridled shopping there is rue d Antibes with also tea rooms and patisseries (because you deserve a sweet break after shopping). Cannes street art to be photographed. These are true masterpieces that you will be amazed, many also dedicated to the world of cinema. A very interesting itinerary in the most original and less known corners of the city. Rue du Marché Forville, where the oldest covered market in Cannes takes place. Here you will find us everything. The stalls are full of many typical products to be tasted absolutely.
- Let’s not forget that Cannes has a beautiful sea to enjoy in summer and admired in winter, therefore, let’s see the major beaches to see: Croisette Beach Cannes, Plage du Midi, Palm Beach Cannes, Plage Macé, Plage de la Bocca, Plage Gazagnaire, Plage Raguette, Plage du Ponteil, Plage Naturiste De La Batterie (nudist beach) and Plage Du Festival and the seaside resort of the Juan Gulf.
- Among the many fun things you can do in the city are: Swim with Dolphins in France – ANNETT (Sarl DTO) for an adventure with the wonderful dolphins. A visit to the Casino Barrière Le Croisette, you can eat, play and it is very close to the sea. If you go to Lord Brougham square you can watch the game of petanque, the game of bocce (completely Provençal activity). If you are interested, take two minutes to watch the locals play this game much appreciated by the French.
Parc Du Paradou
Nightlife in Cannes is a must. Among the places where you can do it we find: le Suquet, rue des Frères Pradignac, Croisette… There is something for everyone.
To go into more detail here are some places where you can go:
- Le Baoli: night club
- Le Paratoxe: night club
- L’endroit cannes: a place specializing in cocktails
- The Brumel’s Piano Bar: night club
- Gotha Club: disco
We continue to know the city but under another aspect, the one of the food.
- Soupe au pistou: is a summer vegetable soup with the addition of pasta and pistou, which is a condiment similar to Italian pesto made up of a mixture of garlic, olive oil and basil.
- Bouillabaisse: it is a traditional fish soup from Provence. The basic recipe includes the use of at least four fish, redfish, mullet, conger eel and gurnard, but it can also be composed of other fish such as snapper, turbot, burbot, mullet, hake or the addition of sea urchins, mussels and crabs. The dish is usually served with Rouille, an accompanying sauce made with bread, fish stock, garlic, egg yolk, olive oil, saffron and chilli.
- Barbagiuai: this is a dish of fried ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and cheese. Of Ligurian origin, this delight will win you over!
- Tarte tropézienne: it is a dessert consisting of two discs of brioche bread (flavored with the essence of orange blossom) whose middle is stuffed with a mix of three creams according to a secret recipe. The surface is garnished with sugar grains.
- Pompe à l’huile: it is a dessert, a kind of sweet focaccia, made with flour, olive oil, sugar and orange blossom. The taste of simplicity.
- The wines are inevitable. Thes best are Rosé Bandol or a good Provencal red.
WHERE TO EAT (RESTAURANTS/CAFE’…)
We have seen that there are lots of the typical dishes, but also lots of places where you can taste them. Let’s see them.
- Le Bo Bar: French, international, European cuisine.
- Uva: French, Mediterranean, European cuisine.
- Le Troquet à Soupes: French, Mediterranean, European cuisine.
- Le Hit: French, Mediterranean, European cuisine.
- La brouette de Grand-Mere: French, European, healthy cuisine.
- L’éponyme d’Éric: French, Mediterranean, healthy cuisine.
- Le Salon Des Independants: French, Mediterranean cuisine.
- Le Pot de Vin: wine bar with French, European cuisine.
- Cactus Cafe: French, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options.
- Lux Cafe: French, European cuisine.
So we close our adventure in Cannes, immediately ready for the next one…follow us!!
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