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Cannes, a former fishing village situated on the French Riviera in the south-eastern corner of the country, proudly fulfils its reputation as a hedonistic hotspot for the jet-set. But beyond the designer fashion outlets, luxury hotels and a marina packed with gleaming yachts, Cannes is a town steeped in historic and cultural landmarks and surrounded by natural beauty.

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The French Riviera
4.0 stars(43 reviews)
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7 days from
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The French Riviera
28/Sep
Jill
4 stars
“This was a great holiday for me and my art loving friend. Although some co-travellers found the train journey arduous (not very able+ too much luggage) we enjoyed it - all the trains were punctual and the scenery great. We loved your centrally placed hotel (Monsigny) with its great French chef, and we liked being asked our menu preferences ahead of time as the food was fresh and local. The balance of tours to free time was great for us as we wanted to explore and visit exhibitions under our own steam. On our free day we went to Matisse’s Chapel at Vence and the Maeght Art Foundation - our rep Chris helped us with the public transport planning. A trip you could hint at for those prepared to go further afield. We visited all the other Art Museums already mentioned in your itinerary. Chris, our rep did a great job considering he had been drafted in at short notice - he was very good humoured and treated us like adults despite all the counting that had to be done. However, I expect he and other members of the group will have mentioned the serious let-down we experienced on the way home- trying to cross Paris when the connecting coach didn’t appear. We lost an hour which should have been our one eating opportunity, but, more seriously it resulted in a panic and hairy skirmish in trying to get the Eurostar connection. It really spoiled the end of the holiday to the extent that my friend said ‘never again’. The time of our Eurostar connection had been moved to an earlier slot, and I wonder if this had not been followed through by your office and an earlier coach link had not been booked. It wasn’t Chris’s fault - he worked his socks off trying to persuade a driver to take us. Is there any chance of compensation for this anxiety? It seriously marred the end of the Holiday - Perhaps some Rail Discovery vouchers? Otherwise the Holiday was great - did what it said on the tin - thank-you (and Chris). Yours, (Pamela) Jill Norton
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This area of the French coast and the Lérins Islands, a small archipelago just offshore, is thought to have been inhabited since the second century BC and became an outpost of the Roman Empire. From the tenth to the fifteenth centuries the village, by now known as Cannes, was controlled by the monks of Lérins Abbey.

It wasn't until the nineteenth century, and the arrival and subsequent residence of a former Lord Chancellor of England, Lord Brougham, that Cannes gained wider recognition as a desirable holiday destination and by the 1920s a sleepy French town had been transformed into a bustling and fashionable beach resort served by a new railway and boasting modern hotels.

Cannes' glamour has endured, fuelled by its star-studded annual film festival, but the town is not exclusively for the rich and famous and offers a host of historic buildings and museums, fabulous beaches, recreational activities and attractions that can be enjoyed by every visitor.

Boulevard de la Croisette

More commonly referred to simply as 'la Croisette', Cannes' ravishing palm-lined sea front promenade offers beautiful views of the resort's bay and the mountains beyond. Among the luxurious shops, restaurants and hotels that line the route, meanwhile, are a number of superb examples of Art-Deco architecture.

Le Suquet

Behind the glitz and glamour, Cannes' 'old quarter', Le Suquet, ascends a hill overlooking the city. Traffic free, the neighbourhood is defined by its narrow winding alleyways and traditional French architecture. A church, clock tower and the town's ancient ramparts are found at the top of the hill, and from here unforgettable views of the coast can be obtained.

Musee de la Mer

Housed in the seventeenth-century Fort Royal, Île Ste-Marguerite - one of two small islands just off the Cannes coast, the Museum of the Sea contains displays of items retrieved from historic coastal shipwrecks, including many examples of Roman and Saracen earthenware and ceramics. The Fort itself is famous as one of the places in which the 'Man in the Iron Mask'; a political prisoner of unknown identity, was incarcerated.

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