When planning to visit France to be at the scene during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival, be in the know that there are other important places to be when in Cannes. Although the city is very much associated with the rich and famous who normally take spring breaks in the French Riviera, it is also a destination where non-famous and not-so-moneyed visitors find attractive for a number of reasons.
What It’s Like to Be in Cannes During the Film Festival
Still, just by being in the city during the film festival, anytime between May 14 and 25 this year, will be electrifying. Excitement always fills the air, especially at La Croisette. Here, blocks of high end boutiques, restaurants, apartments, hotels and villas are quite busy with the arrival of jet setters and celebrities from all over the world.
Those who really fancy star-spotting or gazing can also venture to be in Mougins, at some modest 2-Michelin restaurant. Discover that this is the spot where some well known movie stars prefer to go for rustic and provencal dining experience.
The only setback in visiting Cannes during the festival is that beach water is still too cold for comfort. Nonetheless, those who do not mind the temperature stay in the beach to watch some classic Cannes films being shown in al fresco big screens. Besides, with most of the locals preferring to lineup at the top of the La Croisette boulevard, to gawk at famous personalities arriving at the Palais des Festivals, the beachfront will practically be exclusive to Cannes visitors.
Other Places to be at When in Cannes
La Croix-des-Gardes – Cannes is more than just promenades, boulevards and beaches. Know that there is a vast area of lush greenery alive with vibrant French springtime blooms. The historical La Croix-des-Gardes, France’s national park, tells of a tale about a member of the English parliament named Lord Brougham, who made this particular area his home; whilst attracting other aristocrats to do the same.
Island of Saint-Honorat – A group of four islands known as the Lérins Islands can be reached via a short ferry ride. The most famous of the four, is Saint-Honorat, another historical spot where visitors can wander around an old abbey. Here, monks still keep the traditional vow of silence, and harvest grapes to produce wines as previous monks in the island have done so for centuries.
French Cooking Classes – French cuisine is quite popular just about anywhere, take a short drive to some small town in the outskirts of the city to take up short-cooking courses. Learn to cook with via French culinary schools that run a variety of cooking courses.
As an aside, Cannes has several museum and art galleries. If modern art is of particular interest, the Malmaison is the place to be, as the gallery is full of new wave art exhibits.