Visiting the resort town of Cannes along the French Riviera allows you to immerse yourself in the famed culture and beauty of this city. And it’s not just the renowned film festival in Cannes that is for you to enjoy. Here are some of the places to explore when spending three days in Cannes:
Three Days in Cannes: Day One
– The Streets of Cannes
In the centuries past, horses and carriages dominated Rue Meynadier. These days, the street has been pedestrianized and only welcomes people on foot. If you want a pulse on the local vibe, you are sure to get it from this street, where you can find quaint gourmet shops and eating places.
Boulevard de la Croisette, this prominent street in Cannes stretches 2
kilometres along the Mediterranean coast. One of the most popular landmarks
along Boulevard de la Croisette is the Palais des Festivals et des
Congrès, home to the famous Cannes Film Festival.
More or less half an hour away from Cannes is the town of Grasse, famed for its perfume industry. To commemorate the rich history of perfume making in Grasse, Musée International de la Parfumerie is a showplace for the culture of perfume manufacturing throughout the ages. A visit to Cathédrale Notre-Dame Du Puy De Grasse would punctuate your culture trip. The church is home to several paintings by famous artists like Nègre and Rubens.
Next stop: the city of Nice. Like Cannes, Nice is set along the Mediterranean coast of France and has amazing panoramas of the sea. While here, you might want to check Jardin botanique de Nice and its collection of Mediterranean plant species. You might also want to roam around its various squares, including Place du Palais de Justice. Or you can also test the waters of Nice in one of its beaches.
Take a break at the commune of Èze and enjoy views of the Mediterranean from the hilltops. Jardin botanique d’Èze offers one of the greatest vistas of the sea and has a selection of succulents and cacti.
day trip with the pizzazz of Monte Carlo. Around Place du Casino, one can find Casino de Monte-Carlo, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, several
restaurants and upscale shops. And it is just about an hour away from Cannes, so
you will not have much trouble going back to your French Riviera base after
having a fine time in Monte Carlo.
Three Days in Cannes: Day
Three – Cannes and the Sea
Hop on a boat or ferry and sail to Île Sainte-Marguerite. The island is home to Fort Royal, a fortress prison where the Man in the Iron Mask was incarcerated during the 17th century. There are several restaurants and cafes dotting Île Sainte-Marguerite, as well as promenades where one can relax and enjoy the views. Here, you will also find sandy beaches and rocky coves where you can go swimming.
smaller than Île Sainte-Marguerite, Île Saint-Honorat is nonetheless as
interesting. The 11th century Abbaye De Lérins has a
monastery that was fortified in the 15th century and continues to
welcome visitors. There are several chapels in the island that were built by monks
but are no longer in use and are quite intriguing. History buffs would delight
in what remains of a cannonball oven during the Napoleonic era, as well as a
gun emplacement from World War II.
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