Cannes reminds me of Paris-on-sea. It has a thoroughly french feel and appears to be where the rich from Paris like to get old. The Intercontinental Cannes, with its Belle Epoque facade, is my favorite for a weekend. It works well in combination with another destination on the Cote d’Azur, but in my opinion, should not be your base. There are prettier and more exciting places to stay like Monaco or St Tropez.
The highlight of Cannes is the lovely seafront palm-fringed boulevard. You can walk from the eastern end right across the bay and through the old town and marina, making a great evening stroll to watch and be watched.
There are numerous restaurants on the beach, and many are connected to the hotel behind. All offer a similar array of mainly fish. Maybe I got unlucky but watch out for the fish “plat du jour” as I was given a generous plate of raw fish, which I didn’t know what to do with. I’m afraid I suffered British embarrassment and left it rather than asking the chef to at least sear it!
When should I go to Cannes? July and August are hot and busy, 30?C +. It is a great time of year to buy a beach cabana for €55 EUR if you can stomach the cost, or heading up to the communal and public and free beaches to the East of Cannes.
This is also the time of year that there is a daily boat service straight to St Tropez in 1 hour and 15 minutes. The boat runs from 31 May to October 5th and daily 7th July to 31 August and will whisk you over to the St Tropez bars and markets for the day for €46 EUR return. There are also options to whiz up to Monaco.
June and September – are the best time to visit with balmy weather but not the stifling heat.
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