Although Cannes is one of the most expensive cities that are located in the French Riviera, it is definitely worth a stop even if it is only for a day trip. Cannes is a busy tourist destination. The city was originally established in the 2nd century BC, and in later times a fishing village that was used as a port for the surrounding islands.
The city is a sight to behold with its beautiful harbor and bay, as well as the many beautiful people sunning themselves on its beaches. The beachside promenade is a must for anyone that is traveling here. The Promenade de la Croisette is an avenue that runs right along the waterfront and is lined with palm trees. The promenade is full of restaurants and cafes, as well as many boutiques that are great for window shopping even if they are a bit out of your budget. There are also tons of beaches that pepper the waterfront along the promenade.
La Suquet is the old town of Cannes. The area provides a wonderful view of the promenade as well as being picturesque in its own right. The Isle Ste Marguerite is where the Man in the Iron Mask, the story made famous by Alexander Dumas’ novel, was held captive in the late 17th century. The island is a tiny verdant place. It took 11 years for the man that was believed to be of noble blood, although nothing was ever proven, to escape is hold on this island. If you visit the Museum of the Sea, the Musee de la Mar, you can see the cell that he was once held in. The museum is also home to many of the shipwreck artifacts that have been found off the island. Some of these include Roman artifacts from the 1st century BC as well as Saracen ceramics circa 10AD.
Cannes is an incredible place to see how people have lived over the centuries, from medieval castles to Roman Villas. The wealth that surrounds these buildings is not left in doubt. There is the Italian villa Elenore Louise, one of the first in the city, built in 1835. A great place to stroll is the oldest residential area of the city, the Quartier des Anglais. Please be aware that these are private residences so look, but do not touch or trespass on to their property. Of course one of the things that Cannes is world renowned for is its film festival. The International Film Festival takes place annually in the middle of May for two weeks. Although Cannes is a wonderful place to visit no matter the time of year, its peak season runs from May until October.
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