Cannes Tourist Attractions
CannesThe exclusive resort of Cannes marks the western end of the Côte d'Azur in its real sense.
It enjoys a sheltered situation on the wide Golfe de la Napoule, with the island group of the Isles de Lérins offshore.Because of its exceptionally mild climate, averaging 9.8°C / 50°F in winter, its rich subtropical vegetation and its fine beach, Cannes is a tourist center at all times of the year.Evidence of an early setlement on Mont Chevalier is given by finds of the Celto-Ligurian Age. In the second century B.C. the Romans are said to have erected the Castrum Marsellinum here, and in the 11th century a watch-tower was built, around which an unwalled town later developed. In the 14th century the town became part of Provence and in 1481 formed part of France. It only became a famous resort after having been discovered to be a healthy place by the Englishman Lord Brougham (1778-1868) who had fled from Nice to Cannes to avoid a raging cholera epidemic. In 1838 the harbor was laid out, and 30 years later a beginning was made with a promenade along the shore.
Boulevard de la Croisette
In Cannes, the center of tourist activity is the Boulevard de la Croisette which extends eastward from the new Palais des Festivals along the Rade de Cannes, with its fine sandy beach; from it there is a magnificent view of the gulf and the offshore Lerin Islands. The boulevard is dominated by luxury hotels - some from the Belle Epoque period - and high class shops.In the yacht harbor lies the pirate ship Neptune, built as the backdrop for an adventure film.The eastern section of the boulevard bends south at the fine Parc de la Roseraie, skirts the new port layout of the Port Pierre Canto and ends at the southern tip of the Pointe de la Croisette by the Port du Palm-Beach. On the east side of the peninsula the pleasant Boulevard Eugène- Gazagnaire, with its fine beach, leads north to the Port du Moure Rouge.
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès was completed in 1982 and provides year-round activities. The palais offers 25,000 square meters for exhibitions as well as numerous rooms and 18 auditoriums equipped with sophisticated sound and lighting systems.Palais des Festivals is a modern sand-colored building that hosts events such as the international music trade show MIDEM, MIPTV (International Television Programme Market) and the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival.
Galerie du Carlton
Galerie du Carlton presents a collection of paintings, sculptures and glassware featuring works by Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Utrillo and Vlaminck. The gallery specializes in acquiring and selling art.
Address: 58, boulevard de la Croisette, F-06400 Cannes, France
Festival International d'art Pyrotechnique
The Bay of Cannes lights up each year when the Festival International d'art Pyrotechnique brings together the best fireworks designers in the world. The festival began in 1967 and brings out thousands of spectators along the beaches. The top pyrotechnic team receives the Vestal prize at the end of the fireworks competition.
Address: Esplanade Georges Pompidou, France
To the east below the Old Town of Cannes lies the Vieux Port, or Old Port, also known as Port Cannes I; at its northeastern corner is the Gare Maritime (Marine Railway Station), built in 1957.To the north the port is bordered by the pretty Allées de la Liberté which are lined with plane trees. In the mornings the fine Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market) is held here. At the western end of the Allées stands the Hôtel de Ville, or Town Hall, built in 1874-76.The Rue Félix-Faure, which runs parallel on the north, and its eastern extension, the Rue d'Antibes, are the town's main shopping streets.
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
On the east side of the Old Port in Cannes, at boulevard de la Croisette 1, stands the Palais des Festivals, opened in 1982. It is an impressive complex of buildings with three large auditoriums; the most modern technical apparatus includes sound studios, simultaneous translation arrangements, audio-visual equipment and large projectors. There are 11 conference rooms, two exhibition halls (one of which has 14,000sq.m/160,745sq.ft of undivided useable space), a night-club and a restaurant. This is where the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival is held.
Address: 1, boulevard La Croisette, F-06403 Cannes, France
As well as hosting the annual International Film Festival in April and May, the Festival of Music and Drama is held in the summer and the International Festival of Amateur Films and the "Grand Prix des Nations" cycle race in the fall.
International Film Festival
The International Film Festival held in April-May is of particular importance.This festival is one of the biggest events on the international film calendar and attracts millions of stars, fans and journalists every year.
Address: 99 boulevard Malesherbes, F-06400 Cannes, France
Cannes American Festival
The annual Cannes American Festival has been taking place every July since 1985. The events highlight the connection between local and American artists. In this spirit, many well known Americans are invited to perform in the festival.The program offers piano recitals, jazz and popular music concerts, and modern dance performances.
Nights of Classical Music
The Nuits Musicales Du Suquet is an annual outdoors festival that runs from mid to late July in the courtyard of the Church of Notre Dame d'Espérance. The festival includes both large symphonic concerts and smaller solo performances by pianists and vocalists alike. The repertoire is equally varied.
The Boulevard Jean-Hibert leads westward along the shore, passing the square of the same name, to the magnificent Square Mistral. From here the 3km/2mi long Boulevard du Midi connects with the Corniche de l'Esterel (Corniche d'Or).
Above the boulevard du Midi in Cannes extends the Quartier Anglais (English Quarter) with its sumptuous villas. The boulevard Leader leads up to the Croix des Gardes. situated 164m/538ft above sea level in a copse of mimosa which blooms in February and March. This is a fine viewpoint with the best light towards evening. 1km/.5mi to the northwest the Rocher de Roquebillière lies 130m/427ft above the little river of the same name.
From the northern edge of the Inner Town of Cannes the broad boulevard Carnot winds northwards to the beautifully situated villa settlement of Le Cannet from which there are fine views.
Cannes Old Town - Suquet Quarter
The Le Suquet quarter, the Old Town, slopes up to Mont Chevalier (67m/220ft).
Mont Chevalier Watch Tower
The summit of Mont Chevalier is crowned by the 11th century watchtower, from which there is a magnificent view.
Musée de la Castre
Musée de la Castre in Cannes contains Egyptian, Phoenician, Etruscan, Greek and Roman antiques as well as art from the Far East and Central America.
Address: Le Suquet, F-06400 Cannes, France
Notre-Dame de l'Espérance
The Church of Notre-Dame de l'Espérance (1541-1648) in Cannes, has a notable 17th century Madonna on the High Altar and a wooden statue of St Anne, ca. 1500.
From the eastern part of the Boulevard de la Croisette the road leads northwards through the district of Cros-Veil on the far side of the railroad - where the Eglise Russe, or Russian Church, on the Boulevard Alexandre -III is well worth seeing - to the especially charming part of the town known as "La Californie", where Picasso lived in 1955. This area is overlooked by the Observatoire de Super-Cannes, which is 325m/1,067ft high and has an observation tower, orientation table and the terminus of the old funicular. Below, on the Boulevard des Pins, stands the notable Mémorial St-Georges, erected in memory of the Duke of Albany.
The Chapelle Bellini was bought by the artist, Emmanuel Bellini, and converted into his studio. The Italian Baroque design bears the arms of Count Vitali, who built the chapel.
Address: 67 bis avenue de, Vallauris, F-06400 Cannes, France
Musée de la Mer
Musée de la Mer is a museum of marine archaeology, on the island of Sainte-Margeurite, and was once the state prison. There are remnants of ships dating back to Roman times and other treasures of the sea.
Address: Fort de l'île Sainte-Marguerite, F-06400 Cannes, France
Le Malmaison, a 19th C residence, contains temporary exhibits of modern and contemporary art. A few of the exhibitions are dedicated to Picasso, César and Miró.
Address: 47 La Croisette, F-06400 Cannes, France
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