Located on the French Riviera, Cannes is known around the world for its film festival and as being the playground of the wealthy and famous.
It started out in the 2nd century BC as a simple fishing village. In 1835, Lord Henry Brougham, former Lord Chancellor of England, built a grand villa named Villa Eleonore Louis. This attracted the English aristocracy who also had to have winter homes in Cannes. By the late 1800s, a casino was operating and by the end of the century, railroads linked Cannes with the outside world. The early 1900s saw the building of grand hotels including the Carlton, Majestic and Martinez and more casinos. In 1946, the city held its first film festival, cementing its place in the lives of the rich and famous.
Highlights, many of them part of our Cannes Shore Excursions, of the city include the Promenade de la Croisette, the main boulevard that separates the sea from endless blocks of luxury hotels and high-end boutiques. A wife of the Czar commissioned St Michaels Russian Orthodox church, in the late 1800s as she occasionally wintered here. The Quartier des Anglais residential area is still home to some of the great villas of the 1800s including Villa Eleonore Louise and Villa Fiesole (Domergue) Sitting on the harbor between old Cannes and the Croisette is the Palais des Festivals et des Congres, a cement convention center opened in 1984. It is the home to the Cannes Film Festival and you can visit them on several of our Cannes Excursions and Sightseeing Excursions in Cannes, France.
The Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence, housed in an 18th-century mansion presents artifacts from prehistoric to present day Provence. A visit to the Grande Hotels along the Croisette can give you a peek into Cannes history. During the 1955 Film Festival at a party in the ballroom of the Carlton Hotel, a young Prince Rainier asked to meet the female star of the film "To Catch a Thief" which had been filmed in and around Cannes the year before. Grace Kelly agreed and the rest is a princess story. The Musee de la Mer on St Marguerite Island displays shipwrecks dating back to the Romans (1st century BC) and the cell of the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask. St Honorat Island is also accessible. Today, Cistercian monks who make wine in their free time inhabit it.
Cannes cruise port of call is a great shore excursion gateway to many of the best of French Riviera sightseeing which can be appreciated on our Cannes The French Riviera Excursion. In 90 minutes or less, you can access Nice and enjoy our Cannes Trip to Nice Sightseeing Excursion. Another option to consider for you to see the hilltop village of St. Paul de Vence and the seaside village of Antibes is our Cannes, St. Paul de Vence and Antibes Sightseeing Excursion. If you are looking for a complete experience then our Cannes Full Day to Monte Carlo, Eze, La Turbie, and Monaco Excursion is ideal for you, you'll get to visit the perfume capital of Grasse, the enchanting hilltop village of Eze and Monte Carlo. An hour drive to the west you have the super chic St. Tropez which is visited on our Cannes to Saint Tropez Sightseeing Excursion. Shore Excursioneer has unique and selected Cruise Excursions in Cannes to help you see and sample all of the highlights during your day shore excursions on the French Riviera!
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