Cannes, holiday city

The European capital of cinema chosen for its excellence welcomes and invites you to discover every nook and cranny of wonder hidden in the French Riviera.

The name of this city comes from Ligurian canoa, which means height or peak, because the old part of the city of Cannes scales the heights of a hill, built on top of an old fishing refuge. Although it is considered a large city (with 70,000 inhabitants), beginning in spring its population starts to notably increase, not only because of the rise in tourism but also because of the arrival of those that have a summer house in Cannes.

The Film Festival and the Promenade de la Croisette

The Film Festival - Cannes

During the month of May the International Film Festival takes place and the city fills with Hollywood stars, the media and tourists eager to get a photo of their idols. The red carpet is laid in the Palais des Festivals, an impressive building located on the Boulevard de la Croisette. From Hotel Balladins Cannes Le Cannet, situated in the neighbouring town of Le Cannet (which could be practically considered the suburbs of Cannes), you can comfortably access this boulevard, just 2 kilometres away.

This seafront bordered by majestic palaces is a centre of life with all types of businesses and restaurants and entertainment; it is next to the beautiful Cannes Bay, famous for its turquoise waters and sought-after fine sands. You will also find several shops and boutiques on Rue d’Antibes, parallel to the Promenade de la Croisette.

Charming towns

Charming towns

The glamour of la Croisette is just one part of its attraction. Go home with the Palme d’Or for the best visitor and delve into the most seductive towns. Start at Cannes-la-Bocca, situated to the west next to the sea; this town still conserves a certain air of Provence and the sea, with a market and a boulodrome included (don’t forget that boules is a very popular sport in the region).

Continue in the town of Le Suquet, in the old quarters of the city, where you can admire the Notre Dame de Bon Voyage Cathedral, the Saracen tower of Suquet and the Notre Dame de l’Espérance Church. The city has important garden villas that well deserve a visit, like Villa Domergue, Romée or Rothschild.

On the other hand, a must see are the Lérins Islands, which are considered the birthplace of Cannes along with Suquet which have two main islands with their islets: Sainte Marguerite Island, which is bigger and famous for its royal fort where the man in the iron mask was imprisoned, and Saint Honorat, the smaller island, popular for its abbey of Cistercian monks. To get to these islands, you can take a boat from the port.

Culture, entertainment and cuisine

Cannes

The most important museums are the La Castre Museum, the La Mer Museum, the Espace Miramar Performace Hall and the Malmaison Castle. For the games lovers, Cannes has three casinos: Palm Beach Casino, La Croisette Casino and Les Princes Casino. Not surprisingly, the city has many cinemas.

Antibes seaside resort, known for its prestige, is less than 10 kilometres to the east. You can also take part in nautical sports, for example diving, due to the bay’s seabed in this area being rich in flora and fauna.

If you like markets don’t miss the Forville Market to try typical Provence products and the popular Pastis liqueur.

Excursions

Apart from being close to Cannes, one of the attractions of Hotel Balladins Cannes Le Cannet is that it offers a thousand options to the visitor, with many tourist attractions at a relatively short distance: Grasse, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Monaco, Saint-Tropez or Nice can make your trip in the French Riviera one of your best memories.