Like elsewhere along the coast, Cannes' star ascended in the 19th century when an influx of London's high society built here. Synonymous with its two-week film festival, the city basks in its glow for the rest of the year, but also hosts an ever-increasing number of other festivals and congresses.
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Things to do in Cannes are mostly are centred around the beach, consuming (via mouth and wallet) and general hedonism. Surrounding hills, gorges and rivers are within easy reach if you fancy a break, or else simply strolling through town is a rewarding activity in itself.
Cannes has many galleries scattered around town to satisfy the cultural appetite. Its natural beauty, however, is breathtaking - the harbour and the hill west of Le Suquet port are stunning. The promenade, the beaches and the beautiful people sunning themselves make aimless strolling a pleasure.
Haute couture, jewellery and beauty salons are just the tip of the iceberg. Most famous French and international brands are in Cannes and La Croisette is the top end of town. Recently renovated rue d'Antibes is packed with smart boutiques, but the locals are to be found shopping in rue Meynadier.
The streets north of blvd de la Croisette have the best bar-hopping turf. To mingle with the rich and famous, Cannes' four hotel-palaces have drop-dead-posh bars. Grab a copy of the free Le Mois à Cannes, which lists what's on and where. Come dressed up to experience nightlife Cannes-style.
While there's certainly a variety of celebrations in Cannes, the only event the locals care about is the one with all the film stars. Naturally, it is ridiculously busy and expensive in town around May. Public holidays revolve around the usual events such as New Year, Easter, and Christmas. Make a note of the particular French ones though, as nothing opens on those days.
Generally, you'll find the least expensive restaurants in and around rue du Marché Forville. If you want to spoil someone (or yourself), head to the stone streets of rue St-Antoine and rue du Suquetif, where you'll pay a little more for a quaint yet exquisite experience.
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