It’s time to grab your sunglasses and head to this treasured spot in France where the stars shine almost as bright as the sun. A holiday in Cannes is a true slice of luxury, whether you’re enjoying outdoor screenings during the film festival or taking a break to the glamorous spot at any other time of the year. The city’s beautiful coastlines and sprawling beachside cafés are perfectly mixed with majestic casinos and glitzy bars for an evening’s entertainment, so you can relax in style throughout your stay. Here’s how to holiday like a star in Cannes.
Exploring the city
Of course, you can’t visit Cannes without taking a stroll down its most famous palm-lined promenade. La Croisette stretches along the Mediterranean sea, with ritzy shops and restaurants aplenty. Once you’ve taken in the sights and sounds of the most glamorous part of the city, head to the old town of the Le Suquet Hill district. There you’ll find the gothic Église Notre-Dame D’Espérance, which offers panoramic views of Cannes down below.
Shopping in Cannes
Running parallel to the famous La Croisette, Rue d’Antibes offers the best window shopping in the city, with many high-class fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands showcasing their wares in bright and colourful displays. Just a little further up, Rue Hoche is a green medley of cosy cafés, sunny outdoor restaurants and trendy boutiques just made for a pleasant day’s wandering. To stock up on fresh fruit, local wine and the some of the freshest seafood in the city, head to Forville Market. But just be sure to bag your goods in the morning – the market closes at 1pm.
Revel in Cannes nightlife
In Cannes, downtime starts with an apero, a drink in the early evening accompanied by tapas-style treats. From there, head to dinner at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants in the area, or sample fresh fish in a bistro by the sea. A lot of the restaurants stay open well into the early hours, or you can extend your evening with a trip to one of the city’s regal bars and casinos – regular hosts of world-famous movie stars, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of a Bond film.
Cannes Film Festival 2017
While the event itself is closed to the public, the Cannes Film Festival is the perfect reason to visit this beautiful city each May. The streets are buzzing with star-struck fans keen to catch a glimpse of their favourite celebrities, and people-watching with a drink in the sun is so much more fun when you’re on the lookout for famous faces. Cannes hosts a number of events open to everyone, from screenings on the beach to special events and after parties in the surrounding venues.
Featured image by Olga Khomitsevich.