Glimmering and glittering on the French Côte d’Azur, Cannes is a jewel of a town, well worth a break at any time of year. Synonymous with glamour and stardom, Cannes also offers the more traditional pleasures of southern France, such as sparkling blue seas, golden beaches and superb local food.
- Passing through?
If you’re not here in May, when the town surrenders itself to the international jet-set during the film festival, then make sure you at least head down to the Allée des Etoiles. The boulevard has over 300 handprints of celluloid’s finest stars – fitting for a town whose name has become a byword for the happy marriage of Hollywood glamour and French chic.
- Staying a while?
Head over to the Quartier des Anglais for a taste of the Belle Epoque. Here you’ll find the glorious, extravagant 19th-century villas of the visiting English aristocracy, which laid the foundations for Cannes’ later prosperity.
- The inside track...
Fans of Alexandre Dumas (author of The Three Musketeers) won’t want to miss nearby Ile St-Marguerite, home of the legendary Man in the Iron Mask. You can even see the cell he lived in for 11 years.
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