Quite possibly one of the most luxurious seaside destinations in the whole of France, well-known for the annual film festival that makes its way through and the various luxury accommodations, shops, gated communities, restaurants, and views, Cannes tops the list of places to be when traveling in Europe. May is the premier time to come if you want to rub shoulders with Hollywood’s elite, as the Cannes Film Festival brings in actors, directors, and producers from all over the globe. Beyond that, however, the city itself is a panorama of French beauty, both in the architecture and way of life.
There are some who say that Cannes can be experienced on a budget, but the reality is a little more expensive. While it’s true that the most expensive time of the year to be here is during the Cannes Film Festival, it’s not exactly cheap anytime else. This is the absolute when it comes to French Riviera destinations, which means that accommodations and amenities lean towards the luxurious, not the budget-conscious. However, if you have a little extra cash in your pocket to burn, Cannes is an absolute wonder to behold at any time of the year. From the winding streets of old town to the covered market or the Palais des Festivals, this is the French Riviera at its best. Private beaches line the coast, and the port itself boasts some of the most expensive yachts in the world. There are also the Iles de Lerins to consider—two islands out in the bay itself which have their own spectacles.
From the luxury boutiques to the fashion outlets to the restaurants and the hotels along the Riveira, Cannes is a must-see if you enjoy a little slice of indulgence from time to time. Just be warned if you come in May; the film festival is one of the most well-known in the world, and it’s more than just a little crowded.
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