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Cannes was previously a sleepy fishing village, it is now the most fashionable and chic of the resorts on the Riviera. World famous for its International Film Festival, Cannes is a combination of glitzy boutiques, glamorous nightclubs, elegant casinos, sandy beaches and crystal clear sea.

In Cannes you can follow in the footsteps of the visiting film stars and stroll along the boulevard de la Croisette, lined with palm trees and gardens.


Low winter flight and hotel prices and the mild winter climate in Cannes make it fantastic value for a weekend break.

You can book your weekend break in Cannes at Hessle Travel with access to flight reservations to Nice and online reservations for hotels in central Cannes.

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In 1834, the Englishman Lord Brougham stopped at a quiet,peaceful little fishing village and found it an attractive enough spot to build himself a luxury villa where he could invite other members of the nobility to spend the winter with him. Thus Cannes was "discovered" and soon great hotels sprang up and the seafront promenade became lined with enticing shops and cafes.

A central strip of palms and lawn was created and, as fashion and fortune changed from winter leisure for a few to summer holidays for the many, the beachfront came into its own. Today, particularly during the renowned annual Film Festival, the Boulevard de la Croisette forms the backdrop to the hopeful starlets parading for the onlookers. Here too, visitors to conferences, exhibitions and trade fairs, as well as tourists from around the world gather in their thousands.

A few streets back from the seafront, starts the concrete landscape of a normal provincial French town with shops and services catering to a local population made up largely of retired couples attracted here by the mild climate. The compact picturesque Old Town, harking back to a simpler past, looks down with a jolt over the large busy marina with its luxury yachts of all sizes from all over the world.

Sprawling suburbs have spread around the gulf, losing some of their cachet on the way, while those climbing the hills, with their splendid sea and sunset views, have better managed to retained theirs.

Based on the Mediterranean coast in the southeast corner of France. 20 miles west of Nice and its airport. 49 miles northeast of St Tropez. 566 miles southeast of Paris. 40 miles west of the Italian border.

On a gulf protected by small offshore islands with the Croisette Peninsula on one side and the untamed Esterel Mountains on the other, Cannes spreads onto gently rolling hills behind.

Where to Stay
The 4 and 5 star luxury hotels on the Croisette have kept their old world charm as well as being kept scrupulously up-to-date to cater for the latest Film Festival. At the busy retail part of Cannes and near the railway station, there is a choice of 2 and 3 star properties, mainly B&Bs. While on the outskirts of town, there are plenty of self-catering apartments, especially for families seeking a sandy beach.

What to Do
Daytime: You can walk along the Croisette at the right time; visiting the Festival Hall for souvenirs of film stars' visits. Exploring the old town. The Castre Museum in the Old Town has a collection of primitive Mediterranean art, musical instruments and 19th-century paintings; temporary exhibitions at the Espace Miramar and Malmaison. For the sporty visitors: parachuting, karting, volleyball, bowling, tennis, golf and a public swimming pool.

Nightlife: 3 casinos, a good selection of pubs, nightclubs and bars; some smart atmospheric bars can be found in the luxury hotels. Several cinemas, though original version films with subtitles are quite rare except during special film seasons.

Must See
Visit the two pretty marinas where many luxury yachts are moored.
Take a walk around the Old Town and discover some of the resort's attractive architecture.
Stop to look at the Palais des Festivals where the stars gather each May for the Film Festival.

The Cannes Film Festival

Must Do
Stroll along the palm tree lined 'La Croisette'.
Shop in the resort's boutiques on the rue d'Antibes.
Take a short boat trip to the lles de Lerins, quiet islands where you can choose a cove for swimming or wander around the woodlands.
Visit the fort on lle Sainte Marguerite where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned in a tiny cell.

La Croisette, Cannes

A couple of Michelin star restaurants at the luxury hotels; a great choice of small, intimate restaurants all over town; the more romantic venues are in the Old Town. Snack bars galore and large brasseries near the Festival Hall where meals are served outside conventional times. Fish and seafood, local Provençal dishes and specialities from Nice are well worth trying.

The Croisette is the place to visit for luxurious boutiques, fashion houses and upmarket jewellers. There are some chic designer shops to be found a block or two inland but on the whole, that is the territority of the souvenir shops, those selling local produce, antique and clothing markets, food and flower markets. There is also a large department store. Supermarkets have yet to deprive the small shopkeeper of a livelihood.

Half day tour: exploring the old town; a boat trip to the island of Ste. Marguerite where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned; the island of St. Honorat and the monastery that has produced no less than 9 saints; a tour of medieval villages; Antibes for its art gallery; Grasse for the perfume factory.

Full day tour: St Tropez; Nice; Monaco (with the possibility of a helicopter tour); tour of the French Alps; San Remo flower market.

One or two days tour: the Italian Riviera.

People watching takes place on the fashionable beach along the Croisette, private concessions providing comfortable sunbeds, restaurants, bars and a variety of water sports. Public stretches further around the gulf, by the suburb of La Bocca, though not as inviting, are less expensive and will certainly not be frequented by the 'glitterati'.

Getting Around
A regular local bus network; a less frequent service along the coast and inland. Trains to Nice and Monaco allow easy day trips. Taxis plentiful. Helicopter service to Nice and St Tropez. Explore the resort on foot or use the local bus network.

Who is it for?
The upmarket experienced travellers, jetsetters, families, couples, singles to backpackers – there's a place for everyone to enjoy working or playing in this calm, courteous and cosmopolitan seaside town with a big reputation. There is a daily influx of cruise passengers.

Getting There
Direct flights to Nice are available from most of the major UK international airports.  Flights to Nice take approx 2 hours. From Nice Airport you can get a transfer into Cannes or for more flexibility why not hire a car!

To Relax
Watch the wold go by at a pavement cafe. Sample a variety of cuisine at the many eateries, in the Le Suquet district or even on the beach, ranging from reasonably priced pizzerias to Michelin starred restaurants.
Try your luck in the casino or spend the evening at one of the many bars or nightclubs.

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Cannes Highlights

> Renowned for its annual film festival, Cannes is one of the brightest stars of the Cote d'Azur

> Just the spot for relaxing and taking in the sights as you stroll along the famed Croisette

Marina, Cannes

> The attractive old town of Cannes has many restaurants serving typical Provencal cuisine

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