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Cannes Tourist Attractions

Cannes, in the Cote d’Azur (Riviera) region in south-eastern France is one of the best known and most visited cities in Europe. Apart from the internationally renowned annual Cannes Film Festival, it attracts droves of tourists because of its fantastic weather (average of 12 hours of sunshine a day in summer), beautiful landscapes, cultural wealth and luxurious amenities.

The upscale communities in Cannes are home to many of Europe’s rich and famous and its trendy hotels, restaurants and night-clubs is frequented by global celebrities. For a visitor, Cannes tourist attractions are numerous and this article provides a brief outline of the must-see spots of the glamorous city.

Cannes Sightseeing

Here are some of landmarks among Cannes Tourist attractions that you simply must not miss:
  • Palais des Festivals et des Congres – The famous Cannes Film Festival is hosted at this magnificent center. Even you are not visiting Cannes during the festival, make sure to visit the convention center to experience the aura and glamour of cinema. For the movie-buff, there are handprints of numerous celebrities on the flagstones outside the building.
  • Musee de la Castre – Converted into a museum from an ancient chateau overlooking Cannes from a hill-top, the established houses an impressive display of 19th and 20th century artwork and a collection of over 200 musical instruments.
  • La Croissette – The famed boardwalk running along the waterfront and framed by palm trees paints the perfect picture of this beautiful city and a synopsis of the French Riviera. Make sure to check out the numerous vendors selling souvenirs on the boardwalk, and stop at some of the wonderful cafes dotted along the street for refreshments.
  • Ile St Marguerite – The Island of Marguerite can be reached by a 15 minute boat ride from Cannes. The island is famous for its association with “The Man in the Iron Mask”, who took 11 years to escape the island.
  • Musee de la Mer – This unique museum is dedicated to the French penal system and artifacts collected in underwater archeology. A major portion of the museum is dedicated to the famed French prisoner from the 17th century L’Homme au Masque de Fer (The man in the iron mask).

H2: Cannes Museums Among the many museums, some of the more popular Cannes tourist attractions are:
  • Fragonard Museum – Originally built in the 1600’s this museum is dedicated to the industry of perfumery.
  • Malmaison Museum – Located in a 19th century mansion, this museum is famous for its exquisite artwork and magnificent gardens.
  • Musee de la Marine – Built as a memorial to Admiral Francois Joseph, this museum houses at-least 30 model ships.
  • Musee de la Photography – A haven for photography enthusiasts, this museum displays the work of some of the most renowned photographers in history including a collection by Pablo Picasso.

Cannes Entertainment

Cannes attractions also include its nightlife, cuisine and theater. Cannes has some of the most magnificent casinos in Europe, and if you are a tourist make sure to spend an evening or two at one the its renowned casinos such as Palm Beach Casino, Casino Croisette or Casino des Princes Boulevard de la Croisette.

The annual International Actor’s Performance Festival held in Cannes showcases work of international repute in theater. Some of the more popular theaters are the Escape Miramar and Alexandre III

Cannes is famed for its exquisite cuisine and has several establishments with three Michelin stars. Among the best restaurants in the city are the Majestic Martinez, Hotel Gray d’Albion and the Carlton.