Cannes Travel Guide

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Many visitors to Cannes stick to La Croisette and the city center, but there's more to this resort town than the tourist hot spots. Here are some popular areas worth exploring.

You'll find the heart of Cannes beating in the area of Le Suquet, which is the town's oldest neighborhood. This is the where attractions like the Musee de la Castre and the Forville Market can be found. Plus, it offers excellent views not only of the city, but of the port and the Lérin Islands.

No trip to Cannes would be complete without spending time in the area known as La Croisette. This area is a promenade linking the beach and the city and is known for its scenic beauty and plentiful people-watching. Here you'll find many hotels, casinos, stores of familiar brands and even gardens. This is the place to see and be seen during the city's popular annual film festival in May.

Head to the City Centre to find the upscale Rue d'Antibes, which hosts plentiful restaurants and shops, as well as the train station and Rue Hoche, considered by some to be the city's most beautiful pedestrian street. It's just a few minutes from the city's convention center, the Palais des Festivals, so it can be a hot spot for accommodations.

In Le Cannet, nature meets art in a wonderful way. The area is filled with many varieties of trees, including eucalyptus, olive and pine, and features museums, art galleries, chapels and churches.

Some travelers find these four islands, just a 15-minute ferry ride from Cannes, more interesting than the city itself. The two most popular are Île Saint-Marguerite and Île Saint-Honorat, which are also the largest. You can visit Île Saint-Marguerite for the beach; you can also tour the Royal Fort or the Sea Museum, which holds artifacts from the ocean. Or you can head to the smaller Île Saint-Honorat and meditate at the working monastery, the Monastery of Lérins. If you want some peace and quiet in the great outdoors, you'll surely find it in this island's forest groves and sandy beaches.

According to the U.S. Department of State, there continues to be credible information about the planning of terrorist attacks in Europe. As a result, you are likely to see police and military presence in public spaces. Like many destinations in Europe, most crime against tourists in Cannes is centered around theft. Pick-pocketing is common, and criminals may also break into rental cars if you leave valuables behind or within view.

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