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Cannes Local History

Cannes dates back to the fifth century when the Lerins Islands were inhabited by a religious community. Sailors and fishermen were the only inhabitants of Cannes until the middle of the 19th century when Lord Henry Brougham and Vaux, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain and a famous speaker in the House of Lords, discovered the delights of the area and founded an English colony there.

Tourism blossomed and the town underwent an economic revolution becoming the world-famous cosmopolitan seaside and sailing resort it is today. Prosper-Merimee, the French author of Colombia and Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement, took part in the resort's high-society life and was instrumental in turning it into what he termed as the "world salon".

Cannes Attractions

Top Attractions

Musee de la Castre - This museum occupies the former Castle of Cannes, atop the hill of Le Suquet. The castle, a listed historic monument, has housed the collections of the Museum of Cannes since 1952. The museum has combined the ethnological and primitive art collections with those of the Fine Arts Museum, a fine collection of works by 19th and 20th-century painters from Cannes and Provence.

Musee de l'automobile - This is the only museum of its kind in the region, and has an amazing collection of 100 classic cars and motorbikes. Rolls Royces, Ferraris, Jaguars and Bugattis from early prototypes to the very latest models designed to compete in legendary races such as the Le Mans 24-hour race and the Paris-Dakar rally are all on display. Located at 772, chemin Font-de-Currault.

Petits Trains de Cannes - Boulevard La Croisette. Catch some of the most beautiful sights in town aboard this delightful little train. The Croisette tour takes you along Cannes' famous seafront past its beaches, the gorgeous belle epoque facades of its luxury hotels, and its Palais des Festivals as far as the new port at Pointe-Croisette. The Suquet tour winds its way through the heart of the old town on Suquet hill, taking in the Midi beaches and the old port.

Morrisons Lounge Agreat spot in Cannes for those who like to start the evening with easy cocktail and finish with a shot. Great english DJs every night and you don't need to mortgage your first born child to pay the bill.
submitted by Ben Norris, 16/07/08

Morrisons Lounge What a great place we used your listings and found the Irish pub and right nextdoor they have a separate lounge with Live DJ We had a blast man and everybody spoke English
submitted by Chad Burns, 07/06/07

Plage du Midi This beach in Cannes, not far from the Festival in direction of Napoule is quit, the best restaurants and wundeful view!
submitted by Richard, 13/06/06

Cannes Shopping

Cannes is a shopper's paradise for chic and expensive items, you can get almost anything at one of the many shopping areas in and around town. From local hand crafted goods through to top french designer clothes and jewelry.

The colourful Marche Forville market has a friendly atmosphere and high quality, local products. It is a great place to get some momentos and other local goods. You can spend hours walking around trying to decide what to buy.

Cannes Activities

Marineland - Found in Antibes, east of Cannes. This is one of the most popular places to take the children, it's comparative to Seaworld in Florida with dolphins, whales and seals showing their tricks. There are also many other marinelife exhibitions to keep them busy for the whole day.

Adventure Golf Antibes - Next to Marineland you'll find this awsome mini-golf park. Here the kids can have a great time playing in caves, beyond waterfalls and through the trees. Its very popular and the whole family can have a great time.

Cannes Parks & Gardens

Parc Zoologique de Frejus - This 20-hectare mini safari park gives you the chance to get close to some of the animal kingdom's strangest and most beautiful animals. Opened in 1971, this highly acclaimed park, located just out of Cannes, was specially designed to let its animals live in as natural a habitat as possible. Admission is $11 adults, $7 ages 10 and up, and under age 3 are free.

Cannes Beaches

Le Meridien Garden Beach - This beach is located just out of Cannes and with its white sand, warm sun and great atmosphere, it is one of the most popular beaches. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes near the beach, so you can have a great time regardless of what you're in the mood for.

Plage du Martinez - This is one of the more famous private beaches. The rich and trendy of Cannes come here to catch a few rays and hang out with other beautiful people under its famous pink umbrellas. If you're feeling more energetic there's water skiing, parachuting or tubing.

Cannes Restaurants and Bars

Cannes Restaurants

Cafe Rome - This restaurant, near the Palais des Festivals, is set up like green house where you can enjoy the warm sunshine and delicious food at reasonable prices. It is a very popular seafood restaurant, both with tourists and locals, the bouillabaisse and salada nicoise are recommended.

Ondine - This beach-restaurant is opposite the famous Carlton hotel, home to celebrities during the Film Festival. It is on the beach, which means it offers fine sand, deckchairs, sunbeds, and parasols. All of which make this a perfect place to enjoy haute cuisine at reasonable prices.

Chez Panisse - This restaurant is found on the ground floor of the Hotel Sofitel Le Mediterrannee, close to the old port. A warm welcome and colourful decor are both guaranteed. Try delicious dishes like the escalope de merou au citron vert or, if you're a little more hungry try the special buffet offers.

Cannes Bars & Clubs

Loft Bar - Located at 13 rue du docteur monod, this is a New York style lounge bar and is very popular with locals and tourists alike. After 11pm the bar and sofas fill right up and the dance floor is heaving with party goers. Dress trendy and smart.

Claridge - This pub, located on the corner of Rue Bivouac Napoleon and Rue du Marechal Joffre, is a popular meeting place for sports fans and young people in general. Sporting events are shown on the large screen in the main room, where you can also have a bite to eat.

Morrison's Irish Pub - 10, rue Teisseire. This is the best pub in Cannes, the atmosphere is great and the decor amazing. Live bands playing traditional Irish folk, rock or blues appear on a regular basis and sports fans are kept happy with big sporting events relayed on a large screen.

Cat Corner - 22, rue Mace. Serious clubbers head for this club every time. Mix with the venue's young, attractive clientele and get down to the sounds of groove, funk and house. This is one of the best and most popular clubs, not to be missed when in Cannes.

Cannes children's activities

Marineland - Found in Antibes, east of Cannes. This is one of the most popular places to take the children, it's comparative to Seaworld in Florida with dolphins, whales and seals showing their tricks. There are also many other marinelife exhibitions to keep them busy for the whole day.

Adventure Golf Antibes - Next to Marineland you'll find this awsome mini-golf park. Here the kids can have a great time playing in caves, beyond waterfalls and through the trees. Its very popular and the whole family can have a great time.

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