Cannes Beaches Pictures
Côte d'Azur, France
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Cannes Beaches, Vieux Port, Casino and Festival Hall, seen from Le Suquet hill.
This view east from Le Suquet hill covers the old port, new yachts, Casino and Cannes Festival Hall (middleground) and La Croisette promenade lined with beaches in the background. This is Cannes' best panorama and encompasses everything that the city has to offer inluding the sight of a magnitude of mega-yachts, the dazzling bling of which which can also be seen up close if you walk along the dock beside the Casino.
The hill also houses the Musée de la Castre, a cornucopia of artistic odds and ends that have gravitated there over the years.
Cannes is a small seaside city of historical charm, a resounding name and sandy beaches (as opposed to Nice's stoney offering) but, apart from the beautifully maintained and tranquil coastal area, Cannes is generally loaded with bad architecture, overpriced tourist tat and appalling, self-important foreign residents.
Towards the east end of La Croisette, looking towards Festival Hall and the port.
La Croisette, however, is a wonderful, low-traffic place to give the legs and the eyeballs a workout, with waddling, short-pants tourists contrasting interestingly with skinny, jewel-encrusted, toy-boy-toting socialites in an environment of palms, flowers and occasional slow-cruising supercars.
The east end of Cannes' main beach, Plage de la Croisette, in uncrowded October.
n.b. Cannes Festival Week in May is not a good time for tourists to be here as the weather is frequently wobbly, parts of La Croisette are closed to normal mortals without passes and anyway the stars only come out at night.
The promenade continues east past the the Plage de la Croisette and around a couple of marinas to join some very small strips of sand heading towards Antibes.
construction work on the beach near the Festival Hall. We prefer this photo to one of the Stalinist monstrosity of the Palais des Festivals (Festival Hall) and its film-star staircase.
A view of Cannes from the protective spit on the east side of La Croisette.
For those who want a little exercise to work off lunch, as opposes to an afternoon roasting on a sun lounger, windsurfing and parascending are usually on offer, along with bouncy banana boat rides for the kids, or whatever the latest mad marine activity is fashionable.
Another one of the few sandy strands in Cannes Bay (with temporary events stage), though there's a long, pleasant though narrow beach around the headland to the west, Plage du Midi, an easy 10 minutes walk from la Croisette. In July and August Cannes puts on a sensational series of free firework shows offshore, the Festival d'Art Pyrotechnique.
the coast Cannes town is barely interesting, a hugga-mugga of tortuous streets and hideous apartment buildings but does offer inexpensive
(if you so choose) eateries and an occasional flashes of style. The most stylish area away from the shore is Le Suquet hill, to the right of the viewpoint seen below, where the serpentine streets of the Old Town host a mass of little cafés and restaurants.
Le Suquet hill overlooking the old port, with its 11thC ruins and 12thC chapel. Click for more Cannes Beaches.
On the other side of Le Suquet, heading west, are more small beaches, some absorbed by pay loungers and beach cafés favoured by locals as they serve better food at better prices in a better atmosphere than La Croisette options - and, for that matter, better than Nice beach restaurants too.
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