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What to see, where to eat, and other tips for enjoying the home of the world’s most charming Film Festival

Trendy nightspots, a sparkling sea, plenty of French charm and prestigious international events: the French Riviera is one of the world’s most exclusive holiday destinations, and Cannes is one of its most elegant queens.

In the lens of the international media during the famous Film Festival the 2022 edition of which is coming up May 17th through 28th – Cannes immediately brings to mind France’s most glamorous waterfront promenade, La Croisette, where the world’s trendiest stars congregate for the festival.

But there are plenty of other things to see, do and taste in this beautiful city.

In addition to the Palais des Festivals, past the Vieux Port – home to the Cannes Yachting Festival, coming up September 6th through 11th, 2022 – the long La Croisette waterfront promenade leads to Le Suquet, the city’s charming medieval district, with its steep, narrow cobblestone lanes and pastel-coloured houses, the historic heart of Cannes. At the top of the hill, the ancient twelfth-century castle, formerly the property of the monks of the Abbey of Lérins, now houses Musée de la Castre, containing folk art from all over the world and a collection of paintings, primarily from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Lastly, go back down to Le Suquet and stop in at Auberge Provençale da Bouttau to sample traditional Provençal cuisine.

Don’t miss a stroll about the city’s historic market, Marché Forville, a triumph of colours, scents and flavours, and stop in at one of the city’s three casinos: Casino Barrière de Cannes, Casino Barrière Les Princes and Casino 3.14.

The perfect holiday in Cannes must include a boat excursion to the Iles de Lérins, with their spectacular underwater eco-museum. Disembark on the biggest island, Ile Sainte-Marguerite, to visit the fortress of the mysterious man in the iron mask, and on the island of Saint-Honorat to see the marvellous Cistercian Abbey of Lérins. Then go back to the ‘continent’ for dinner on La Croisette at La Palme d’Or, a Michelin-starred restaurant with a sea view.