Reasons to Visit Cannes – Summer Hottest Destination

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Reasons to Visit Cannes – Summer Hottest Destination: With its stunning white sand beaches, luxury hotels and restaurants and renowned film festival, Cannes has long been known as a favourite destination for the rich and famous. No longer does it only cater for a high-end clientele, however, with upcoming music festivals inviting party-goers from every walk of life. As if you needed any more convincing to visit this summer, here are our top reasons why a trip to Cannes should be number one on your bucket-list.

The Beautiful Beaches

Cannes is full of stunning beaches; they offer fine sand and stretch across the azure-blue sea over 7km. You can visit public beaches or pay a little extra (around 20 euros) for the exclusivity of a private beach which is sure to provide the opportunity to rub shoulders with the rich and glamourous of Hollywood’s elite. The city is sun kissed for the majority of the year; you can easily swim in the sea from May through to October and there are plenty of nautical activities to take part in including kayaking, canoeing and paddle boating as well as kite-surfing.

The Festivals

Cannes is well known for its festivals and this August will be no exception with Les Plages Electroniques just announcing its 2017 programme. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the city and spread across three stages and one afterparty venue, the event will see 16,000 revellers take part in one of Europe’s biggest beach parties. They will be dancing to the likes of Australian beat maestro Flume, highly acclaimed UK duo Bondax and the German techno titan Paul Kalkbrenner.

Reasons to Visit Cannes – Summer Hottest Destination: The Lérins Islands

Just off the coast of Cannes lies a group of four islands, two of which are undoubtedly a must-see. Just a short ferry ride away, Sainte-Marguerite is the biggest and offers some fabulous picnic spots, whilst the island of Saint-Honorat boasts a beautiful ancient fortress at the sea’s edge. It houses an old abbey where monks still to this day take a vow of silence, and have been harvesting vines for centuries. You can explore the abbey and its grounds, sample the wines and have lunch. It makes for some great photo opportunities!

The Old Town

Cannes old town is full of great independent French boutiques, luxury shops, museums, flower and food/flea markets throughout the year. It rises up onto the mountainside of Mont Chevelier, overlooking the entire bay. Originally an old fishing village that eventually turned into what we know as Cannes today, it couldn’t be more picturesque and the views are breathtaking. Traffic isn’t allowed meaning you can fully enjoy the narrow alleys and staircases, courtyards and ancient walls. Climb up the 11th century tower and you can see the Lérin islands!

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