Cannes: more than a film festival

The first thought tan comes to our mind when somebody mentions the city of Cannes is, of course, cinema. Every spring, one of the oldest and most esteemed festivals takes place in this French city. Twenty “official selection” films are picked and then deliberated on by a jury, who will award the Palme d’Or (the Golden Palm) award to the best one. Although you can’t watch the festival’s films, you can watch a cache of classics at the Cinéma de la Plage, in which a movie screen is set-up on Mace Beach. You can get tickets through Cannes’ Tourism Office. You might also spot a celeb or two; you’ll just need to find strategic place outside of the Palais des Festivals and the Carlton InterContinental hotel.

But the city of Cannes has a wide range of possibilities outside the movies world. Spending some days there enables the visitor to enjoy some beautiful natural landscapes and looking round the most glamourous shops. For high-end shopping, you’ll want to head to Rue d’Antibes, a road that runs parallel to La Croisette but lies a few blocks inland. You’ll find designers like MaxMara, Agnes B and Missoni among other shops that sell perfume and jewellery and pastries. If you don’t want to buy, you don’t have to: Window-shopping and people-watching are nearly as enjoyable as credit card-swiping, but without all that buyer’s remorse.

Some of the natural surroundings are also remarkable. If you prefer fresh air to shopping, do not miss the opportunity to go for a trekking to you can take a hike just 20 minutes away in the Massif de l’Estérel, a range of mountains formed from red-rock volcanoes. Serious hikers can ascend the heights (2,000 feet at its highest point), but casual hikers might be better off sticking to the paths that trace the coast.

Of course you have the opportunity to do it guided by the people who best know all the spaces and corners in this city: the guides of They will take you round the most astonishing places in Cannes, in one of our luxury cars and in the language you choose. Apart from speaking Spanish and English, you can opt for an agent speaking French, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, German, Greek and Portuguese.

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