Unfortunately too expensive for an Älg.Älgbert Elgson
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Cannes was a fishing village from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century. The perfect location on the Côte d’Azur, the warm temperatures in summer and the mild winter months attracted many aristocrats from various countries from 1830 onwards. In the search for the ideal location for their holiday homes, they found what they were looking for in this village. Today more than 70,000 people live in Cannes and around 2 million visit this city annually. Over 100 hotels with more than 5,500 rooms are available for this mass of tourists.
The discoverer of Cannes and the cause of this increase in popularity was Sir Henry Peter Brougham, who died in Cannes in 1868 and was buried on the Cimetière du Grand Jas. An impressive statue still commemorates him there today.
With its area of nine hectares, its garden architecture with the old trees, the flower arrangements and the attractive location, this cemetery is the largest inner-city park in Cannes and one of the best-known cemeteries in southern France.
The boulevard de la Croisette is also famous. It was created in 1850 based on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and is two kilometers long. Small parks, tall palm trees and many high-priced shops, restaurants, bars and hotels can be found along the boulevard. Directly below this promenade is the Plage de la Croisette, a sandy beach that is popular with locals and visitors on hot summer days.
At the eastern end of the boulevard is the Pointe Croisette. From there you have a great view over the entire promenade to the Festspielhaus, where the international film festival takes place every year in May. In addition to this well-known event, Cannes also hosts the annual Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival and „Festival International des Jeux“.
On a hill in the old town „Le Suquet“ there is an old fortress with a watchtower, the art museum „Musée de la Castre“ and the small Gothic-style church „Notre Dame d’Espérance“. From there you have a great view of the city of Cannes and the surrounding area.
The city of Cannes is located in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The Maritime Alps end a little further inland and the Esterel Mountains extend to the west, which often protects the inhabitants from the unpleasant Mistral.
South of the city of Cannes are the Îles de Lérins. This archipelago consists of the larger islands of Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat, which can be reached by ferry, and the two small islands Île Saint de la Tradeliere and Saint-Ferréol.
Sainte-Marguerite is the largest island and its pine and eucalyptus trees as well as the Fort Royal attract many visitors. On the second largest island, Saint-Honorat, there is a monastery and a fortress with around 30 monks.
How to get there?
Cannes is very easy to reach by public transport. Underground car parks are available near the harbour for those arriving by car.
Cannes is a city where you mainly meet wealthy people. When looking at the prices in the shop windows along the Boulevard de la Croisette, one could almost assume that the comma has shifted. Apart from this famous shopping street, normal prices can be found in the shops as well as in the restaurants.
The walk to the hill in the old town of Le Suquet is not too far and the view from the top is very nice.
We were here: 2019