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Cannes lies on the Cote d'Azur within easy reach of the Maritime Alps. It is noted for its gorgeous sandy beaches which are mainly open to the public for a fee, particularly as one moves west to Cannes La Bocca. The Cannes Film Festival, held annually in May, is a major event for the world film industry .

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» Antibes


Sixteenth-century ramparts and winding cobbled streets on the French Riviera-welcome to Antibes! A Mediterranean city with quite the history, Antibes was originally known as Antipolis, founded by the Ancient Greeks in 5 B.C. Then came the Romans, who renamed the city Antiboul and erected a theater big enough for 10,000 people. Barbarians and disrepair came next, until the area's famous ramparts were ordered by Louis XIV, safeguarding Antibes from raiders and pirates who trawled the Mediterranean Sea …

» Cannes Cruise Port

Cannes Cruise Port

Cruise ships dock in the bay and tenders take you to Le Vieux Port (the Old Port) from where you turn right and it is an easy walk to the main promenade along the beachfront and into town, or you can catch a taxi. The train station is also an easy walk. Local buses along the coast are also a good option for day trips as many destinations are reached for only 1 euro. Cannes is a lovely place to spend the day if you like to stroll the beachfront promenade, shop or eat in lovely surroundings …

» Film Festival Palace (Palais des Festivals)

Film Festival Palace (Palais des Festivals)

The Film Festival Palace, or Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, was built in 1982 and houses year-round events in Cannes, most notably, the Cannes Film Festival. The prestigious film festival attracts movie stars and the media from around the world. The festival is one of the most prestigious international film events and overtakes the Cannes luxury establishments for two dizzying weeks in May. The famed palais provides 25,000 square meters for exhibitions as well as many rooms and 18 auditoriums equipped with state of the art sound and lighting …

» Fort du Mont Alban

Fort du Mont Alban

For visitors to Nice, a stroll up to the top of Castle Hill offers extraordinary views of the city from the Old Town straight on to the airport. And with such beautiful weather being the norm, getting a bird's eye view of the Cote d'Azur can be addictive! For those who want to see even more from up high, Fort du Mont Alban is a must. Built in the mid-1500s for military defense, Fort du Mont Alban is located close to Nice in Mont Boron Park, just outside of Col-de-Villefranche …

» Fragonard


Fragonard, one of the most well-known perfume factories, is named after an 18th-century French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard. The rustic factory, dating back to 1782, is located in the heart of Old Town. A guide will show you the various processes and equipment used to make and package fragrance products. After the tour, you can explore the charming museum, which displays vintage perfume bottles and vases and highlights the acclaimed 3000 year old parfumerie industry …

» Ile Saint-Marguerite

Ile Saint-Marguerite

The largest of the Lérins islands located 1 km (2/3 of a mile) from Cannes, the Ile de Sainte-Marguerite is abounding with eucalyptus and pines. The island is most famous for allegedly holding the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask captive during the 17th century. During the summer months, a vast amount of boats stay in the shallow, safeguarded "Plateau du Milieu" between the islands where there is more area for water sports. The village of Sainte-Marguerite is comprised of about twenty buildings …

» International Museum of Perfume

International Museum of Perfume

Grasse is said to be the center for luxury fragrance in France, and subsequently has many attractions that are perfume-related. The International Perfume Museum extensively covers the famous French perfume industry. Exhibitions retrace the history of perfumes, soap and cosmetics for thousands of years. The International Perfume Museum is situated in the former Hugues-Aîné perfumery built in the 19th century and was recently reopened in 2008 after refurbishment …

» L'Occitane Factory

L'Occitane Factory

High among the lavender hills between Avignon and Nice, the L'Occitane Factory is open for popular one-hour guided tours. The site is located near the Provence hamlet of Manosque, and as you go through the factory, you'll get to see production line rooms and learn how L'Occitane harvests and distills its organic ingredients from the area: lavender, olives, rosemary and almonds are all used in the creams and perfumes that make the brand famous worldwide …

» La Croisette Boulevard

La Croisette Boulevard

La Croisette Boulevard, or Boulevard de la Croisette, is the heart of Cannes, with luxury hotels, designer shops, and glittering nightlife spots lining the way along the curving coast. On the other side of the boulevard reside Cannes famous sandy beaches. It extends completely along the spectacular Cannes coastline. The boulevard overlooks the impressive harbor which is home to extravagant yachts and a pirate ship built for a film …

» Massif des Maures

Massif des Maures

Those looking for an outdoor experience on the Cote d'Azur will find what they're looking for in the Massif des Maures. This mountain range sits back from the coast and runs from east of Toulon to west of Cannes; the peninsula on which St-Tropez lies, roughly halfway between, is also a part of the Massif. Even casual hikers find its forests, vineyards, and rolling plains yielding wild orchids and strawberries a welcome change from the sometimes frenetic energy of the Riviera in high season …

» Opio


Opio, just a half-hour's drive inland from Cannes, puts visitors in the middle of the many things to see and do in the Alpes-Maritimes department. From world-class golfing to a Club Med, Grasse perfume makers and of course the Cote d'Azur, there is something for everyone. And as usual when it comes to this region, there is plenty of history as well. Traces of the Iron Age and the Roman era have been found in Opio …

» Port Grimaud

Port Grimaud

Next door to St Tropez, the seaside town of Port Grimaud is known as the 'Venice of Provence' for its famous canals. Just 50 years old, the town was designed by architect François Spoerry in the 1960s, who designed the pastel-colored houses in the traditional fisherman's style of the French Riviera-all wrought-iron balconies and terracotta tiles. Initially controversial and seen as a faux Provence town …

» Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)

Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)

Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) is a deep and wild limestone canyon worn away by the Verdon River in the French Riviera. Running up to 700 meters deep, Verdon Gorge is aptly known to locals as the Grand Canyon du Verdon and receives over 100,000 visitors a year. With glacial waters as blue as the sky, the gorge is popular among swimmers, kayakers, sunbathers and hikers. It's also especially beloved by rock climbers, with hundreds of climbing routes across its rocky 25-kilometer-long expanse …

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Thanks to its international film festival Cannes is known throughout the world. Indeed to many people it is the festival that makes Cannes synonymous with glitz and glamour. However, in addition to the film festival Cannes is host of a numerous shows, tradefairs and exhibitions throughout the year …

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Cannes is no doubt best known for it's glittering Film Festival held each May, but it has much more to offer. Cannes was once just a small fishing port, but once it's mild climate, beauty, sand and sea was discovered it became a popular Mediterranean resort. Be sure to discover the charming old town …

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