Cannes a diverse resort town

Cannes is a French commune located in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur.  Its inhabitants are called Cannes.  A resort of the Côte d’Azur, Cannes is world famous for its Film Festival and the Promenade de la Croisette.  By population, it is the third city of the department, after Nice and Antibes; it developed in the margins of the tourist and festival season.

Like most coastal resorts of the Cote d’Azur and Riviera, the city suffered through increased prestige, an unprecedented development. Cannes gained its international fame in the mid-twentieth century with the Film Festival.

Cannes quickly became a mediated city. It still has the same ability to attract French and foreign customers fascinated by the aura of the city of stars. This intense tourist activity, the ultra-developed area hotels, restaurants and shops offering luxury between sea and sun, lead to Cannes becoming a prestigious showcase of French luxury.

With a population that can triple during the tourist season, the main resource for Cannes is tourism.  The palaces and luxury shops with prestigious addresses are numerous.  Cannes has a world class airport the airport of Cannes – Mandelieu, and an important commercial port and marina run by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nice Côte d’Azur.

In addition, the city alone has three casinos, the highest concentration in France: Palm Beach, the Croisette and Princes.  The first is managed by Groupe Partouche, while other two are managed by the Groupe Lucien Barriere.  Other employers are found, including the City of Cannes and the Center Hospitalier de Cannes.

According to a study by Knight Frank and Citi Private Bank, Cannes is the most expensive city in France with regard to the price of real estate, which is 15,000 Euros per square meter. It ranks sixth worldwide in front of Saint-Tropez and Paris.

Sites and Monuments

The beach with its famous La Croisette seaside promenade, which takes its name from a small cross that once stood there, is one of Cannes major tourist attractions.  Also popular are the Iles de Lerins off the coast, which are part of the town.

Cannes is also known worldwide for its Film Festival held each year in mid-May.  The Festival Hall is a mythical place of this wonderful city.  Similarly, we must acknowledge the presence of sumptuous places on La Croisette, such as the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel, the Hotel Martinez, the Majestic Hotel and the Palais Stephanie (formerly the Noga Hilton).

We may also mention as notable buildings:

Castle and Tower of Castre at Le Suquet, which now houses the Museum of Castre and overlooks the city;

The church of Our Lady of Hope Chapel and St. Anne;

Festival de Cannes

Each year in May, Cannes hosts one of the most famous film festivals in the world, the International Film Festival, during which the population exceeds 160,000.

Besides the festival, the Palais des Festivals is also used to host the MIDEM, MIPTV, and a host of other events throughout the year (international festival of games, boating, etc.), making it the second congressional city in France after Paris. The Palais des Festivals is still the economic heart of the city.

There is also what is called the “Festival of Winter Film” and the Cannes Film Meeting (RCC old RIFJ Rencontres Internationales du Film for Youth) that occurs each year in December. This event is organized on several sites: the MJC Picaud, the MJC Ranguin (Raimu room), and the Hall of the Unicorn or the Malmaison.