A paradise for the rich and famous, home to the Cannes Film Festival and the world’s most luxurious hotels, yachts, and restaurants, Cannes is one of the most prestigious cities on the French Côte d'Azur and an attractive Mediterranean cruise port.
The port of Cannes is small and can accommodate only smaller ships. Large cruise ships normally anchor in the bay and tender boats are used to transfer the cruise passengers ashore. Tender boats dock at Quai Max Laubeuf, from where you can easily reach the main historical highlights as well as the glamorous Promenade de la Croisette – a waterfront avenue where the world-famous Palais des Festivals is located.
The Cannes Film Festival is taking place in this magnificent, modern building that also houses a convention center. Besides the Palais des Festivals, the promenade is filled with luxurious 5-star hotels, high-class designer stores, expensive restaurants, casinos, and extravagant yachts. There are two beaches near the port: upon exiting the port area, turn left and you’ll spot a lovely sandy beach - Plage du Midi, a relaxing place ideal for families. On your right side, after you pass the marina you’ll reach Croisette Beach, a long public beach with a white strip of sand and crystal clear water, as well as a few private beach areas.
When in Cannes, the cruise ship shore excursions department normally offers shore excursions to nearby towns such as Nice, Monaco, Monte Carlo, but in case you decide to stay in Cannes, there is a wide variety of things you can do! When you finish with your stroll along the fancy promenade, you can head over to the historic center of Cannes – Le Suquet, the old quarter of the town known for its winding, narrow street climbing up to the Château de la Castre, a medieval castle from where you can take in the magnificent views of the French Riviera.
A medieval tower of the castle houses Musée de la Castre, an art and ethnography museum well worth visiting if you want to soak up some history and culture of this part of France. If you walk a bit further, you’ll reach the Church of Our Lady of Esperance – the 16th century stone church featuring a beautiful clock-tower.
Both the castle and the church are located in the park where you can walk around and admire the wonderful views of the Bay of Cannes.
This quarter is very old and features four centuries-old houses, a market, and ancient streets full of restaurants and cafes, among which Rue du Suquet and Rue du Suquet are the most visited ones. If you want to explore Cannes in a more relaxed, quiet way – the Le Suquet quarter is the way to go!
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