The palm tree-lined streets of Boulevard de la Croisette is one of the most fashionable streets on the French Riviera. The center of tourist activities in Cannes, the 2-kilometer long Boulevard de la Croisette has a range of establishment that would cater to the large crowd. The boulevard stretches from the Palais de Festivals to the La Roseraie Park, and it has a sandy shoreline in which tourists stroll and people watch as they admire the wonderful views of the gulf and Lérins Islands in the distance. Past the La Roseraie Park is a harbor wherein luxury yachts dock called the Port Pierre Canto. Nearby the Port Pierre Canto is another harbor called Port de la Pointe Croisette which is the departure point for Yacht Club of Cannes’ regattas. Sunbathers and sports enthusiasts would love the Port Palm Beach located on the western side in which a snack bar and restroom facilities are located on the quiet public beach.
Housed in the game room and tea room of the Grand Hôtel is the La Malmaison Museum. Located in Boulevard de la Croisette, the La Malmaison Museum is home to contemporary art since 1983 when it was permanently converted to a museum by Cannes. Two major expositions dedicated to famous artists who found inspiration from Cote d’Azur are hosted each year, including Picasso, Matisse, and Ozenfant. César, Miró, and Masson are also featured in the La Malmaison Museum’s collection.
Located on Mont Chevalier’s slopes is an old quarter called Le Suquet. With an Old World atmosphere, tourists adore the traffic-free area wherein narrow old staircases, pleasant courtyards, and historic remnants are located. At the heart of the quarter is the Eglise du Suquet, a Gothic-style church that features a musical crèche & offers wonderful city views. The 11th-century Tour du Mont Chevalier—a watchtower that’s said to be haunted by the ghost the Man in the Iron Mask, a prisoner from Bastille—dominates the Le Suquet skyline. Rue Meynadier, the town’s main shopping street, is lined with specialty gourmet boutique in which you can shop ‘til you drop. In addition to Rue Meynadier, the town has another commercial street called the Rue d’Antibes wherein there are designer prêt-à-porter boutiques.
One of the most exciting French Riviera activities is the Festival de Cannes. The glitz and glam of the red-carpet event is a top tourist attraction and is arguably the most awaited event in Cannes. With movie stars and filmmakers flying in from different parts of the world, the film festival gathers a crowd of eager fans and journalists. Although entry to the Festival de Cannes is limited to people who are working in the film industry, there are festival activities that are open to the public, one of which includes the nightly screenings at the beach which you may join as long as you line up early. You may also watch competitive and non-competitive film screenings by obtaining tickets to the Critics’ Week, which you may get for free, and Directors’ Fortnight, which can be purchased for a small price.
In addition to the Festival de Cannes, Cannes is also famous for its public sandy beaches wherein you can admire breathtaking views of the Mediterranean waters. With a 7-kilometer stretch of beaches, Cannes offers many options to its visitors. Although most of the beaches are privately owned, there are still numerous beaches that are open to the public, some of which includes the Macé Beach and the Zamenhof Beach in the Boulevard de la Croisette. Lounge chairs and parasols are available in Macé and the Zamenhof Beach, but lounging around these beaches are absolutely free. The Plage de la Casino located along the Boulevard de la Croisette is also free of charge beach. La Bocca Beach, a golden sand beach, is ideal for tourists who are looking for a quiet place to sit back and relax under the sun. Located right next to the train station is the Les Rochers beach which is the best place for snorkeling.
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