Cannes: Michelin Stars & Film Stars

Falling neatly between Nice, Antibes, Monaco and St. Tropez, Cannes is considered the heart of the Cote D’Azur and oozes glamour like nowhere else on earth. Home to the Cannes Film Festival, held in May, celebrities take over the town, attending lavish ceremonies and parties at a handful of discreet venues. When the sun sets everyone spills out into one of countless Michelin Star restaurants, where Mediterranean food and wine commands serious prices and excellent reviews. The pavements are lined with beautiful people sharing platters of succulent shellfish and bottles of ice-cold rosé.

The legendary La Croisette is a destination for shoppers, with every conceivable independent boutique and couture house lining the boulevard. Just a stone’s throw from the Old Port, explore Le Suquet where you can wander into local eateries without booking and find some of the finest, most authentic regional and international cuisine. Nearby, the Isles des Lérins, off mainland Cannes, are an ideal place to drop anchor and spend a relaxing afternoon. The fort on the larger island is reputed to have held Dumas’ Man in the Iron Mask. There is also a monastery to visit on Ille St Honorat, belonging to Cistercian monks who produce unique wines, honey and lavender oil.


When to go:

April – end of October

High season:

July – August

Highlights

1

Climb the Tour du Mont Chevalier watchtower for a wonderful panoramic outlook over to the Lérins Islands.

2

Book a sunbed on the exclusive Midi Plage and order a platter of shellfish

3

The July concert venue in front of the church of Notre-Dame d’Espérance in the Old Town is a magical setting for the Nuits Musical de Le Suquet – prestigious soloists and orchestras perform under a summer sky

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