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It's not just by chance that the Great and Good of this world have, since the mid eighteenth Century, chose Cannes as their holiday resort! What other city can offer, all year round, such beautiful light, such a harmonious union of sea shores and wooded mountainsides, such lush vegetation, dazzling gardens suspended between the ultramarine sea and the azure sky, such a mild climate, air perfumed with a thousand fragrances. The Romans settled here, Napoleon admired the town on his return from Elba and Lord Brougham, former Chancellor of England, bewitched by the beauty of the site and the hospitality and bouillabaisse provides by a local inn-keeper, built a magnificent residence here. Cannes had been launched! Millionaires, artists, writers and poets have confirmed its reputation. The warmth of its welcome and its Provencal roots make it a perfect holiday destination.

The high profile film festival is just one of several reasons that have seen Cannes become a market leader in the investment field. The Cote D'Azur has long been high on buyers' wish lists, largely thanks to its glamorous reputation and the promise of wonderful weather almost all year round. Of course, thanks to this reputation, and its enormous popularity as a tourist destination, the region has traditionally had a huge seasonal rentals market covering a cross-section of properties from studios in quiet, tucked away villages to the palatial villas in the hills above St Tropez and St Maxime so favoured by celebrities.

Cannes Tourist Attractions

Musée de la Castre

This museum occupies the former Castle of Cannes, atop the hill of Le Suquet. Owned by the abbots of Lérins (on the neighbouring islands), lords of Cannes, the castle was built to protect the harbour and adjoining coast (11th-19th centuries). The castle, a listed historic monument, has housed the collections of the Museum of Cannes since 1952. These collections originated with two erudite 19th-century travelers: Ginoux de La Coche, fascinated by the atolls of the Pacific, the Marquesas islands and pre-Columbian America, and Baron Lycklama, interested in ancient Mediterranean, Egyptian and Near Eastern civilization and art. The Dutch Baron bequeathed the two collections he had brought together to found the first Museum of Cannes.

Musée de la Mer

Musée de la Mer is located in the Fort Royal on the Isle of Sainte-Marguerite off the coast of Cannes. It was founded in 1973 to house the underwater and land archaeology collections. It is built in what were originally four ancient Roman cisterns (1st century) to which other structures were added over the centuries (prisons in the 17th century, upper storeys in the 18th century, Semaphore in the 19th century).

La Malmaison

January 1993, the Museums of Cannes acquire a new exhibition site on the ground floor of La Malmaison on La Croisette. Until its purchase by the City of Cannes in 1970, the history of La Malmaison is closely linked to that of the Grand Hôtel. Designed by the architects Vianey and Blondel and started in 1863, the Grand Hôtel was occupied until the end of the 1950s, demolished and rebuilt in 1963. La Malmaison is the only remaining structure from the original complex. La Malmaison was the Grand Hôtel's gaming room and a tea room, and the site of Aimé Maeght's first exhibitions of painting in 1945. The first storey is currently home to the City's Cultural Affairs department.


Seaside Promenade :
La Croisette gets its name from a small cross that used to stand east of the bay. A favourite spot for locals and visitors alike, this wonderful promenade, in the heart of town, hugs the seashore and its beaches for several kilometres. To one side there's the Mediterranean, the Lérins islands off the coast, and the Estérel mountain range. On the other, there are palm trees, elegant belle époque hotels and fashionable boutiques. It is an ideal place to people-watch, especially during the Film Festival. Created during the 19th century,


Famous Perfume:
Established in 1849, Maison Molinard has played a major role in establishing the reputation of the world's perfume capital, Grasse (around 20km from Cannes ). A free guided tour gives visitors the chance to find out more about the various stages in perfume manufacturing, and to see a display of antique Molinard perfume bottles (designed by famous glass-makers such as Lalique and Baccarat) as well as a unique collection of labels. The sales shop is furnished with authentic Provençal-style furniture from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Abbey, Museum and Monastery

Founded in 410 by Saint Honorat, this monastery is currently inhabited by a community of 30 Cistercian monks who observe the rules of Saint Benoît. There are seven other chapels around the island, some of which date back to the Middle Ages. You can also visit a museum (ancient archaeology, paintings, historical information on the monastery), a church and an old fortified monastery. The monastery is also a retreat, and you can buy products made by the monks - try the Lérina liqueur.

Film Festival Hub

Built in 1982, this huge block is one of the hottest venues in the town where, year-round, activities revolve around tourism, international festivals and conferences. The sand-coloured, futuristic Palais des Festivals - which marks the end of the beaches on La Croisette and the beginning of the old port - is always a whirl of activity, no matter what time of year, hosting events such as the international music trade show MIDEM, MIPTV (International Television Programme Market) and the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival. Inside there's 24,000m² worth of exhibition space and an auditorium with seating for 2,300 people, a casino, fruit machines, and Jimmy'z nightclub. For contact details refer to the tourist office situated within the Palais.


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