Considered the heart of the Cote d'Azur, Cannes oozes exclusive glamour like nowhere else on earth.
Falling neatly between Nice, Antibes, Monaco and St. Tropez, Cannes is home to the Cannes Film Festival, held in May, where 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 Ile St Honorat, belonging to Cistercian monks who produce unique wines, honey and lavender oil.