Cannes - the idyllic and glittering superlatives of the Côte d'Azur
It has just under 75,000 inhabitants and is the twin city of the world famous Glamourcity Beverly Hills in California. Like Monaco, Cannes is a mecca for sports car and luxury car fans. Its economic power derives almost exclusively from the service sector and yet it is surrounded by the flair of unique wealth and luxury. Cannes is a city that makes you dream and in which you can live fantastically - if you can and want to afford it.
If you do not immediately change the beauty of Cannes to change your place of residence, it may be enough to visit the heart of the French Riviera at least for a few days in summer. Because Cannes offers not only the proximity to money, celebrities, luxury cars, fine boutiques, super yachts and everything else that goes with it, but is also fantastically beautiful in the south of France on the Côte d'Azur. It goes without saying that even the climate does not cause any cause for concern or dissatisfaction, especially since the place comes on as many sunny days as Mallorca or Los Angeles. Open-air fanatics in general and convertible enthusiasts in particular get their money's worth here with our rental car fleet. Winter tires are a foreign word on the Côte d'Azur.
Cannes has a special atmosphere in the air. It is probably the touch of glamor that brings the city to life in this place. In the past, well-known stars of the film industry took the lead in hand to proudly hold the coveted prize - the Golden Palm - in the air. Stars like Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Quentin Tarantino or exceptional talent Leonardo di Caprio have been honoring the film festival in recent years. If you want to experience a touch of Hollywood glamor or relax on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Côte d'Azur, Cannes is the place to go - a city where many people attach great importance to seeing and being seen.
is one of the few cities that exemplifies the peculiarities of the Côte d'Azur. The surrounding dream beaches of the French Riviera are like a figurehead for the city.
World-famous festivals attract all the top stars to the Côte d'Azur. Cannes is a city that completely redefines sophisticated charm. The city enchants with a cultural wealth that is almost unsurpassed in southern France. This explosive mixture attracts sun worshipers in particular, or those who want a touch of glamor and luxury.
If you think of Cannes, the city on the Côte d'Azur first and foremost associates it with beaches like a picture book. On the 15-kilometer-long coast of Cannes, more than half of the route is spread across fabulous sandy beaches, which offer the perfect backdrop for sports car and convertible tours. A total of 13 official stretches of beach line the coastal city. A total of 33 other private beaches are reserved for beach restaurants or guests of luxury hotels.
If you want to combine your stay in Cannes with extensive shopping trips, you should have the necessary change or go on a shopping tour with one of our local chauffeurs. Of course, it is also reserved for you to drive the shops of the luxury brands yourself with one of our sports rental cars. In many luxury boutiques fashion-conscious people have the opportunity to acquire fine jewelery and exquisite designer fashion. Two birds with one stone: The lady enjoys your shopping experience and the gentleman on the sports car feeling. Furthermore, three casinos provide the right port of call for all holidaymakers who ask for assistance from Fortuna. Here you have to test your personal luck factor and your skill.
Eye to eye with the bay of Cannes, several offshore islands promise unforgettable moments, which you can ideally head to the harbor with one of our rental cars. The pride of Île Sainte-Marguerite is the Museé de la Mer. This maritime museum is open to visitors. On Île Saint-Honorat, on the other hand, there is idleness. This islet has been inhabited since the 5th century only by monks of the monastery, which was built on the island. Car-free traffic prevails on both islands. Several shuttle boats regularly carry visitors to the islands.
The story of the coastal city of Cannes
The history of the world famous resort on the French Mediterranean coast begins in the Middle Ages. Cannes a small, inconspicuous fishing village in southern France, whose rise took its course only in the 19th century.
The mild climate, which is good for your health, and the plentiful sun of Provence, which makes people look their best and makes everyone look even more attractive - perhaps those were the reasons why aristocrats like Sir Henry Brougham and wealthy upstarts from France, but also from many parts of Europe from the mid-19th century Cannes and the Côte d'Azur discovered for themselves.
In any case, from about 1830, these wealthy people began to change the face of the place forever. His example made school, many nobles followed him and also built holiday homes in Cannes. In the 1830s, the "old harbor" was built in the city. Sir Henry died in Cannes in 1868 and was buried at the Cimetière du Grand Jas. Both in the cemetery, on which incidentally also the German writer Klaus Mann lies, as well as on the famous lake promenade to this day impressive statues remind of him.
The town experienced its final upswing through the construction of the "Boulevard de la Croisette". The construction work on this beach promenade was completed in 1868. Only three years later, palm trees were first planted on the promenade. Gradually, committed architects and builders from the 20th Century sat down for the fact that around the beach promenade more and more luxury hotels emerged. The city finally made its breakthrough in the world of luxury with the first opening of the Cannes International Film Festival in 1946. The festival's popularity grew steadily. Business tourism flourished. It was not long before a new palace building on the site of a former municipal casino paid tribute to this development in the 1970s.
In the centuries before, Cannes, which derives its name from "Canna", the Latin word for reeds, was rather peaceful and, above all, traditional.
The events in Cannes at a glance:
- Cannes International Film Festival (May 8 to May 19, 2018): This world-renowned festival honors the best films and brings together all the famous actors and directors for the annual gathering to get the Golden Palm.
- Fiesta Flamenca (July): Flamenco
- "Pantiero" (August): contemporary music with international stars
- Festival of Russian Art (August): everything from dance to folklore to the circus
- Festival Plages Electroniques (August): Electro festival on Cannes beach
Already at the beginning of the year, Cannes is waiting for its visitors with event highlights. For example, the biggest of all Francophone games festivals in February is a must for all game fans who can not get enough of the world of games. As part of the Sony World Photography Awards in April, the world's best photographers will be honored for the best photos in the world.
For animal pleasure, the "Cannes International Jumping" in June - a major prestigious show jumping tournament invites.
In July and August, the sky above Cannes shines a little brighter. The international festival of Pyrotecknik amazes its visitors. Eight nations compete for the fireworks competition. Music and fireworks create unique, breathtaking compositions. The festival always begins on the national holiday of the French, the 14th of July.
From the top of the Esterel to the beach promenade Croisette, the bay of Cannes shines in an incomparably beautiful play of light. Above the water, the fireworks remind of an enchanting world that can not be more colorful and wonderful. Around 200,000 spectators admire this spectacle that evening.
Just in time for the end of the year, the Royal Regatta takes place in September. Every year more than 150 regattas of all imaginable sizes and a crew of more than 1,000 men conquer the Mediterranean Sea.
Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes International Film Festival is by far the most popular event in the world. Once a year in May, stars from all over the world meet each other to be close to the international film festival. This event is closely linked to the Filmpalast.
Since 1946 the "Golden Palm" has been awarded. To this day, the Cannes International Film Festival is one of the most important film festivals in the world. Spectators cheer the stars on the red carpet and watch the countless paparazzi at work. At the harbor swank yachts, often with celebrities on board.
Famous filmmakers have been spotted at the Cannes Film Festival and young filmmakers continue to present their works to international critics and film buyers during the "Quinzaine des Realisateurs" or the "Directors Fortnight".
The "Star Allee" is not far from the Palais des Festivals. On this mini-boulevard film stars, directors and other personalities of the film industry immortalized themselves on the Esplanade Pompidou as well as on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. With signatures and their handprints, A-list celebrities have left a "monument" to the film scene that visitors can visit anytime.
The Palais des Festivals et des Congrés is the culmination of this film event and builds on the international film festival.
Unlike Cannes' actual Cannes Film Festival (which is denied entry without a good relationship with the film industry), this event is the right choice for holidaymakers looking for a touch of glamor and glamor from the stars after the film festival.
The performances run in the morning from 10 o'clock and then throughout the day. They are held in normal cinemas in Cannes and tickets are available at the box office at usual prices for free sale.
The Cannes 2018 Film Festival will take place from 08 to 20 May 2018.
At this time it is often very difficult to get a room in the noble hotels. Even in the trendy restaurants then the tables are scarce and overall prices are rising. A stay in Cannes during the Film Festival will therefore be well prepared if it is not to disappointment.
For ordinary mortals, it's almost impossible to find affordable accommodation right in Cannes during the International Film Festival. But in the vicinity there are a number of pretty places that offer affordable lodging even at festival times.
Even celebrities, who are overawed by the hype and paparazzi, flee ten kilometers to Cap d'Antibes and seek relaxation in a luxury hotel whose beach bar is said to have the highest VIP density during the Cannes International Film Festival.
- Croisette: Boulevard of Cannes, modeled on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. In addition to the congress center and the three casinos there are numerous shops, boutiques and restaurants. To the east, the boulevard ends at Pointe Croisette, overlooking the entire promenade and the famous hotel palaces of Carlton, Martinez, Marriott and Majestic.
- Le Suquet and Vieux Port: On the hill "Suquet" is the historic heart of Cannes. At his feet, in the old port, historic sailing ships and yachts bob.
- Rue Meynadier: a pedestrian street full of gourmet shops, such as the famous cheesemaker Cénéri, Ernest deli, Jean Luc Pele's pastries, Provençal specialties.
- Festival and Congress Center: The Film Festival takes place here every year.
- Cimetière du Grand Jas: In the cemetery of Cannes are u.a. Buried celebrities like Klaus Mann, Martine Carol or Liliy Pons.
- Chemin des Étoiles: directors and actors from the world of cinema leave to posterity the prints of their hands and their signature at the "Allée des Étoiles du Cinéma".
- Rue d'Antibes: shopping par excellence
- Lerins archipelago: Opposite the bay of Cannes, the visitor to the Îsles de Lérins awaits a wonderful universe of fauna and flora in monastic seclusion.
- Museums: Musée de la Castre (primitive art, musical instruments and antiques from all over the world); la Malmaison (Arts Center); Maritime museum; Espace Miramar (Acting and Concert Hall).
- Casinos: Cannes is the only French city with three casinos: Palm Beach, Casino Croisette, Casino Les Princes.
- Spa and Wellness: You have the choice between thermal baths, seawater therapy or spa.
- Golf: Only a few kilometers from the Croisette are ten different golf courses.
A promenade becomes the heart of the whole city.
The lake promenade is the best keyword to turn to the Cannes of the living and the lust of life. It is called "La Croisette" by the locals and was created in 1850 directly on the Mediterranean, following the example of the "Promenade des Anglais" in Nice. Today, inhabitants and guests of Cannes alike cavort on the approximately two-kilometer-long promenade. The festivals are then joined by stars and celebrities from film, sports, music as well as greats from politics and everything else in between, to the hustle and bustle. What is offered to them is actually not that easy to beat. International luxury hotels alternate with more, sometimes less expensive, restaurants, casinos, bars and shops. The entire boulevard is flanked by palm trees, the ubiquitous luxury and sports cars adorn the streets along the promenade and you have a clear view over the slightly lower beach of the Croisette across the open sea.
The world-famous boulevard "Boulevard de la Croisette" is lined with fine hotels such as the Cannes Majestic Barrier, InterContinental Carlton Cannes, JW Marriott Cannes or the Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez Cannes and upmarket boutiques. Chauffeurs with their luxury limousines and exclusive supercars complete the picture in front of the luxury boutiques such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Dior, Fendi and many more. That makes both women's and men's hearts beat faster.
The highlight of a stroll over the Croisette is its eastern end point, the Pointe Croisette. From here you can see the whole route again impressively and you can see how beautifully it is embedded in the landscape, which invites you to an extended sports car tour. In the background you can already imagine the Maritime Alps. From here, it's only a stone's throw to the famous "Palais des Festivals et des Congrès", where the annual Cannes Film Festival takes place.
Although the film festival in the 'Palais des Festivals' and the Croisette dominate the image of Cannes in the world, on the ground one quickly realizes that the city has much more to offer.
Old Town, Museums
A gem of the culture of Cannes is the old town hill "Suquet", which begins at the western end of the Croisette and most of which lies on a hill. Several paths lead to hidden stairways and steep mini-streets in the historic district of the city. Once arrived on the old town hill, centuries old city walls and an old fortress with watchtower attract attention.
It also offers a captivating view of the city, the Lerins Islands, the Bay of Cannes and the Croisette. At the foot of the Altstadthügels is also the market "Marche Forville". In this market, savers are invited to buy fresh fish, hearty sausage, crispy baked goods or fine wine.
Monuments, historic buildings, interesting facades and lively retail make every minute spent here in "real" Cannes worthwhile.
There is also the Musée de la Castre with archaeological and ethnographic collections, as well as the small church Notre Dame d'Espérance.
Below this old quarter is the Old Harbor with the "Quay St. Pierre" at home. This area - the oldest part of the port - dates back to 1838. The Old Harbor is the starting point of the sailing ships that set out for the Royal Regattas in September. The church of Saint Georges is part of the religious culture of the city. This handsome structure on the Avenue du Rio Albert is a 19th-century architectural legacy reminiscent of the Duke of Albany. Another magnificent religious building is the Russian Church. Dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, this church was built in the 1890s on property owned by the wealthy Tripet-Skrypitzne couple. The former landowners built a magnificent building whose cultural treasures are still of great historical value.
A must for culture connoisseurs is the La Malmaison. Located on the Boulevard de la Croisette, this art center is the scene of recurring exhibitions honoring great painters such as Picasso, Ozenfant or Matisse. This cultural potpourri is rounded off at La Malmaison by exhibitions of internationally recognized artists of the 21st century. The architectural icing on a Cannes exploration tour are the city's villas. They are buildings like the Villa Rothschild or Villa Domergue, which give the destination a particularly stylish flair. When looking at these houses, one can only guess how wealthy many inhabitants of the city were in the 19th and 20th centuries.
In Rue Saint-Antoine, one restaurant joins the next. The climb is worth it alone because of the great view. There are also shady places to escape the heat during the summer months. Then you can go back down the small streets and alleys towards the old port (Le Vieux Port ") to admire some of the luxury yachts and the sports cars that stroll up and down the Croisette.
In the Rue d'Antibes, the parallel street in the second row to the Boulevard de la Croisette comes one or the other shopping fan completely at his expense. The prices are upscale, but not over the top.
The cemetery "Cimetière du Grand Jas" is used by the locals as a shady and quiet park
Nightlife in the Cannes Film Capital
As the sun sets behind the hills of the Esterel massif, nightlife awakens in Cannes, on the Cote d'Azur. The streets of the old town are transformed into a huge open-air restaurant. And in the evening there is a lot going on by the sea. The city of the beautiful and rich also attracts in the darkness with its noble splendor.
On the Croisette, Cannes' magnificent boulevard, lined with casinos, bars and designer shops, invites you to "see and be seen." Night owls make their rounds in search of the ultimate kick, which also gives you an idea of the engine sound of the sports cars In the streets just behind the Croisette, all around the luxury hotels, cocktails are the hit, and not only in the summer months, outdoor activities are largely outdoors, and the weather-protected location makes the city a true outdoor paradise.
In the Rue du Suquet, which extends from the harbor up the hill to the Tour de la Castre, one table stands next to the other. Here you meet for aperitif. After the meal it draws vacationers like locals towards the sea. There is always something to celebrate, to see and to experience, not only during the Film Festival. Like a magnet, the glamor city of southern France attracts the beautiful and the rich.
The culmination of the night is a visit to the disco "Le Palais". On the roof of the Filmpalast, during the summer months, all the trend and jet setters from nearby Monte-Carlo, Nice and Saint-Tropez will spend a night of superlatives. Well-known DJ's put on here, and that the noblest champagne costs a mere 10,000 euros, nobody bothers. If you like it a bit quieter, you can go to the chill-out-rooms to relax and let the evening fade away. But Cannes would not be Cannes if the party did not continue. The legendary reputation of the glamor city makes it the destination of all those who want to enjoy life to the fullest. Only in the early morning, the last night owls at best with our chauffeur & limousine service safely and exuberantly return to their yachts, and in Cannes so slowly the no less exciting life awakes by day.
Location of Cannes
The city is located on the A8 motorway "La Provencale". On the road there are the two exits Mougins / Cannes and Cannes La Bocca.
Although Cannes is not connected to its own airport, the Nice-Côte d'Azur International Airport is only a few kilometers from the city, offering direct connections to Nice International from almost every corner of the world. 20 to 30 minutes with our sports cars to Cannes.
In Nice - always worth a trip - you can hardly feel the hustle and bustle of the Cannes Film Festival. Nice is a great location for hiring car hire in Cannes or Monaco. Especially with a rental car, whether sports car, convertible or a luxury sedan you have the freedom for trips through the beautiful landscape of the Côte d'Azur, spontaneous stops and the opportunity to drive small towns, which are less crowded in the main season of tourism.