Known as Côte d’Azur’s jewel, Cannes has scenery, culture and vibrancy that capture’s any visitor’s heart. You can shop till you drop or enjoy shellfish and freshly caught crustaceans with garlic and olive oil in the festival of flavour. Or visit Vallauris, the capital of the art of pottery that bred the likes of Picasso.
Notre Dame de l’Espérance Church
Gothic fans will enjoy the gothic façade of this church on the top of Suquet hill. It intimidating looks more like some old fortress than a place for religious worship. What’s even more interesting is that this was a fisherman’s church and thus you have boat models carved at the feet of each of the saints.
Take a walk on the Promenade de la Croisette
The Little Cross Drive stretches along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea and is known for the Cannes Film Festival. This 2 km long road is lined with trees, restaurants and shops and gives a beautiful sea view. You get great food and a clean beach front to rest on as you take in the lovely blue of the Mediterranean.
Let the fireworks reign
If you happen to be there in July and August months, then you are in for a treat that happens only once in a year and that too for just six days. Festival d’Art Pyrotechnique holds a fireworks display competition and so, you get a real awe-inspiring sight of the colorfully exploding sky with pumped music. July 14th is even more explosive as its Bastille Day.
Handprints on the floor of time
One thing most known as a fact regarding Cannes is the celebrities. Next to the Palais Des Festivals’ you’ll find a floor adorned with the handprints of the various celebrities who have dropped by. It is called the Allee des Stars and is a chain of prints set in squares with etched names. And of course, the film festival takes place every May.
The Aux Bons Raviolis is a study in pasta; it is a renowned pasta shop in Rue Meynadier. You get all kinds of pasta aside from ravioli like green pasta made from veggies and you can top it with gnocchi and mushroom sauce with Italian hams.
The old way
Le Suquet is historical as well as beautiful. You have narrow winding streets and hilly areas which gives you a different view of Cannes from that of La Croisette, with Mediterranean cuisine rich in garlic, fresh fish and vegetables. Enjoy a glass of rose wine as you take a break from your hike and if up to it, walk up rue du Suquet which has superb views to offer at its top.
The fortress and cannon
The ille Sainte-Maruerite is more military-oriented though Fort Royal has an attachment to our minds much more than historical data as “The Man in the Iron Mask” and “The Three Musketeers” have given most people a good background. The French origin cannon’s dating back from 1715 stands next to the Fort’s entrance and is named the “Unknown”. What is strange is that no one can still figure out what the gun is doing there.