While it is true that Cannes came to fame because of this glamorous event, the gorgeous city of Cannes has more to offer besides beautiful people, posh neighborhoods, and the glitz and glamour of the movie industry.
1. The Enigmatic Man in the Iron Mask
Probably the most famous historical site within Cannes is the island fortress prison of Île Sainte-Marguerite. Just a 15-minute ferry ride from the main city, you may tour the very cell where the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask spent 11 years of his isolated life. Another fact: itching for more history? Another attraction on the island is the Musée de la Mer or Museum of the Sea in English. Be amazed at archaeological finds including shipwrecks and Roman and Saracen artifacts.
2. Underwater exploration with the “Nautilus”
Okay, this is not exactly the Nautilus from the Jules Verne classic but they work just the same! Discover and take a glimpse of what it’s like under the waters of Cannes from a glass-bottomed boat named… you guessed it right; the Nautilus! The boat departs every hour and is only available during summer.
3. Nudist Beach for the Happy and Gay
Go Au Naturel at the Plage de la Batterie. This quiet and sandy beach is ideal for gay couples or anyone who wants to break free from the restraints of clothing to get an even tan. Fast fact: The Plage de la Batterie is one of the best beaches in southern France. During summer, families flock to the said beach. Please be informed that by families, I also mean kids, young adults and minors.
4. Shop Like you’re in Beverly Hills
Coined as the “Sister City of Beverly Hills”, Cannes is the commerce and activity center of the French Riviera. Walk along Cannes’ most famous avenues: the Boulevard de la Croisette where luxury hotels, chic bars and fancy restaurants line the street; and the Rue d’Antibes for an upscale shopping experience. Fun Fact: You can find Palais des Festivals along Boulevard de la Croisette, the location of the world-renowned Cannes International Film Festival.
5. Get to See the Real France in Cannes
Visit the best food market in Cannes, (except Monday) the Marche Forville, to learn why France is the gastronomic capital of the world. Local farmers of Cannes sell their goods here such as fresh vegetables, fish, cold meats, fresh pasta, cheese, and flowers. Another fact: Interested to buy vintage paintings, jewelries, and books? You’re in luck! The Forville food market becomes a flea market called Marché Brocante on Mondays where you can find all sorts of antique stuff.
Top Cannes Hotels near La Croisette:
- Hotel Alizé – 2-star Hotel – Double room from €80
- Hotel Majestic Barrière – Luxury Hotel – Double room from €176
- Hotel Le Fouquet’s – 4-star Hotel – Double room from €140