Cannes, France

Cannes, France

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Cannes you get to Cannes? Then do it rapidement

If old Cannes (a small fishing village) could meet today's Cannes (one of the most glamorous seaside cities in the world), it wouldn't recognize itself. In May, all eyes are on Cannes for its International Film Festival. The rest of the year isn't anything to sneeze at either, with its hip nightlife, high-end restaurants, beaches, and casinos. Despite the city's exclusive reputation, visitors can find Cannes vacation rentals in all price ranges, and a combination of public and private beaches, picturesque islands, and seaside walking paths make the city a pleasure for travelers of every stripe.

Tour a historical town center as you mull your beach options

As soon as you're settled in your Cannes vacation rental, you'll want to go exploring. Start in Old Town (or Le Suquet), a cluster of narrow winding streets filled with restaurants and souvenir shops. Follow them to the top of the city and take in gorgeous views of the Bay of Cannes below. Then comes decision time. You can lounge on a public beach, pay a fee for a sunbed on a private one, or head out on a ferry toward the Iles de Lerins, 2 islands that feel wonderfully secluded.

Walk like a celebrity along the winding roads of Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival draws visitors even when it's not in town. The Palais des Festivals et des Congres, for example, is home to the festival in May, but you can take a guided tour of the building and learn about the film industry's chicest event any time. Then head along the Allee des Etoiles du Cinema, or Cannes' walk of fame, a footpath featuring 46 celebrity handprints. The iconic Boulevard de la Croisette (La Croisette, for short) is another can't-miss promenade, featuring views of the Bay of Cannes and the neighboring Esterel mountains.

Summer crowds and vibrant shoulder seasons

There's no bad time to visit the Mediterranean, but the best time for a stay in a Cannes vacation rental depends on your taste. Love hot beach days and thrive in a crowd? Then book in summer, when temps are in the 80s and 90s. If you're looking for a bargain and can brave the chill, winters in Cannes are quiet and less expensive. Fall and spring are ideal for mild weather and fewer crowds, with the exception of the Cannes International Film Festival in May, which draws thousands and raises prices.

Take a break from the beach to roam the hills

Cannes brings the beaches and the bay to your doorstep, and you can take it in from a busy, pebbly beach off La Croisette, or go farther afield for something a little more remote. Ile Ste-Marguerite, the larger of the Iles de Lerins, is known for its white sand beaches and eucalyptus groves. North of Cannes is the Regional Natural Park of Prealpes d'Azur, an enormous national park that's home to 2,000 plant species, or a third of the plant life in France, as well as rolling hillsides, mountain trails, and lush forests.