Not long ago Cannes was just a small fishing town on the south eastern coast of France. Nothing much had ever happened there apart from a Roman occupation and a brief spell when it was taken over by Saracens. Today you can still see evidence of the old Cannes in La Suquet with its cobbled streets and small local shops. We stayed in the centre of Cannes with a group of friends with this site, so we were close to everything this great city had to offer.
Having miles of sandy beaches and being on the Cote dAzur in the French Riviera meant that Cannes wouldn’t remain unheard of for long. When people started traveling to Nice, a short train ride away along the coast, for the air and the beautiful climate, they started building villas in Cannes too. Today Nice and more especially Cannes are regarded as The social hubs of Europe with stars and celebrities coming from all over the world to see and be seen. And that’s not just during the period of the Cannes Film Festival either. Of course while the festival is on there are more stars per square metre than anywhere else in the world but the attraction doesn’t evaporate as soon as the entourages go home. With its port home to hundreds of luxury yachts, the streets bordered by the most famous designers shops, the soft white beaches and Monaco being but a short sail away everyone whose anyone always seems to be found in Cannes.
Chances are you don’t own a yacht or a Maserati but that doesn’t mean that Cannes isn’t for you. Sure there are nightclubs where the celebrities hang out, restaurants, bars and casinos too, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not welcome too. Cannes is the kind of place that the famous go to when they like to pretend that they’re not while all the time everyone knows that they are. Getting to Cannes is simple, just moor your yacht alongside all the others, mooring fees can be a little steep though, especially during the Festival Season so you might like to try a more conventional method of transport. Most fly to the Cote dAzur international airport in Nice and then take the thirty minute train ride along the coast into town. Even if you don’t need to travel through Nice its worth taking the trip anyway, the scenery’s amazing and Nice is a very pleasant surprise. Its Frances second most visited city while most people outside of France hardly think of it as a travel destination at all. Getting to Provence by coach or car is always possible but people commonly complain about their frustration with traffic delays. Something you will notice from time to time in Cannes is very rich people waiting in traffic in very expensive sports cars going nowhere. Its nice to look at but at the same time, kind of a waste.
While you’re in Cannes you’ll want to look around and La Suquet is the perfect place to start. Along with the little shops, boutiques and bistros you’ll find castle ruins at the top of the hill which offers excellent views over the coast, town and countryside of Provence. If you get tired of walking though, there’s always a cruise to be taken. One of the most popular is the Trans Cotes dAzur from Quai Laubeuf which goes via Monaco, St Tropez, Iles de Porquerolles and Nice.
Once you get hungry you’ll find that you’re not short of a place or two to find something to eat, this is France after all! The regional cuisine differs somewhat from other French diets in that it uses a lot of olive oil and fish, particularly anchovies. The influence of the Mediterranean.