The city of Cannes , with a population of about 70,000 inhabitants, is located in the heart of the French Riviera and 55 kms from Monaco and 36 kilometers from Nice . Formerly considered a city of little relevance to the modern age , time when the occasion of the Franco-British and Franco-Spanish wars began to take relevance, mainly due to the strategic location of the Lérins Islands . Cannes reaches its maximum height in the twentieth century thanks to the Cannes Film Festival , which attracts every year a real invasion of celebrities, actors, writers, etc …
MI VISIT TO CANNES:
We woke up in Cannes , conocidísimo fate of the French Riviera . It was our last stop, and I was worth seizing. The wonderful cruise on Celebrity Solstice was coming to an end. After a light breakfast we head to the deck where we waited the tenders to take us to the port. It was then when I appear before my eyes one of the most beautiful images that human beings can enjoy the French coast with its blue waters … What a blast !!!!
It was 10:00 am in the morning when we came down from the tenders and prepared to visit this glamorous city again. And we were the previous year.
We had the option of heading to Nice or Monaco , but thought it was a bit rushed, as the ship set sail at 3:00 pm.
On the last visit we took the train that whisked us around the city visiting the most interesting places of this, while you could see its luxurious buildings, its wonderful restaurants and prestigious hotels. This time we decided to make our walking tour, aided by a booklet that deliver you to the arrival at the port.
I will use this small itinerary for guidance on the path we follow, as we did to the letter.
We visited the old town up the picturesque street Saint Antoine , which is full of shops and restaurants. Then we continue towards the Plaza de la Castre . There you can see the sights offered Bay Cannes .
Continue until you reach the church Notre Dame de L’Esperance , the castle and the chapel that is enabled as a museum …
You can return to the city center down the street to take up or down the street Mont Chevalier … You will meet the market Forville and street Meynadier , this is one of the areas that animation has for its shops.
For those who prefer to visit the most modern part of the city and like shopping can be directed to the street of Antibes and Rue Hoche . If you want to see the luxury shops in all its glory visit the Croisette …
In the esplanade Georges Pompidou you will find yourself with the Palace of fairs and congresses , there you will see reflected in the footsteps of celebrities. Once we finished the tour back on board around 1:30 pm.
In the harbor were the tents that the boat had arranged for passengers and were waiting inside our solicitous crew members with icy towels and soft drinks as they had been doing at each port.
We were in the pool until lunchtime. We did it quickly, not want to lose me as the ship sailed from Cannes . I saw lying in a hammock away the idyllic image … Once I left the ecstasy that gave me the game from the blue coast we went shopping to finish buying gifts that we were missing and we went to pack.
And just in time to dress up for our last day in the theater, we left our bags to complete them around.
Today we offered a farewell show luxury … We would delight with artists like Pete Matthews and Enrico Cifiello addition to the orchestra Sosltice and surprised us with an unexpected performance. We were honored that Captain Solstice play guitar and sing for all theater – goers, making us see how close again at all times had been with passengers. I have to say that plays and sings great … I’m excited !!!
After this magnificent farewell we went to our restaurant Grand Epernay . Dinner was also special, while the lobster was part of it. As we agreed in previous days with other diners at our table, we tipped in an envelope to Elias , thanking this way the very professional way we were served each night. After he was more relaxed I asked him some questions I was curious. I asked if they could relate to each other and said yes, but whenever had no effect on the work of the ship and that if they had any problem between them, each would go by.
He was commenting that they could with the passage not have any relationship, were labor standards. If this happens you immediately take to the streets. Company regulations would not allow it. He was joking with us and telling anecdotes.
We went dancing the Quasar to bid farewell to the club that had given us the funniest moments. We picked up early, pack waiting for us. The ship arrived in Barcelona at 6:00 am and 8:30 am stopped serving breakfast.
It was a magnificent experience that has given me this cruise and plan to repeat as soon as possible …
PLACES OF INTEREST:
- 1.- Promenade of la Croisette: Famous street parallel to the sea, whose history begins in the year 1,838. Strolling through it we can enjoy unrivaled views of the Lérins Islands (Sainte Marguerite and Saint Hororat) and the beach of Cannes . Along its route we find impressive buildings like the Majestic , Hotel Martinez , Hotel Carlton Intercontinental , the Stephanie Palace and the City Hall (Hotel de Ville) , built in 1.876. Undoubtedly the most emblematic building of this walk is the Palais des Festivals , known worldwide as the home ofCannes Film Festival , where every year takes delivery of the Oscars in Hollywood , bringing together the world ‘s most famous actors and turning this city into the capital of glamor.
- 2.- Street Meynadier: This street, which combines modernity with history, is located close to La Croisette . Despite the repaved thereof maintains its original charm, can be found in the same eighteenth century dwellings, of which still retain their original doors and windows. A variety of restaurants and shops meet in this bustling street, especially in summer with a greater influx of tourists.
- 3.- Notre-Dame d’Espérance: It is the oldest parish church of Cannes , built in the sixteenth century, with a location that offers spectacular views of the bay. Include its choir, its rows of benches English style and chapels, but what is striking is its wooden door solid oak decorated with carved stones.
Horaio Opening: From 09.00h to 14.00ha 12:00 and 19.00.
- 4.- Old Port (Vieux Port): Since ancient times served as a fishing port town, although now also is enabled as marina, offering the necessary services to all pleasure boats arriving at their expense. Next to the harbor is the market Forville , Provencal style old building where local goods such as flowers, fruits and vegetables, etc … are received, although it is also possible to find second – hand goods and antiques.
- 5.- Le Suquet: At the top of Cannes , called Mount Chevalier , is the oldest district of the city. In this area, always full of tourists, we can stroll through its picturesque streets, old houses and escaleraa and enjoy one of their restaurants. From the Tower of Suquet , with its 20 meters high and square, we can enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay of Cannes , its port and surroundings. In the highest part of the neighborhood is the Castillo de la Castre , declared a national heritage in 1790, within which lies the Museum of Castre .
- 6.- Cannes-la-Bocca: Located by the sea, west of Cannes , this neighborhood preserves its Provencal and sea apecto, the most popular of the city. It has its own town hall, church, a Provençal market, boulodromo and the Space Center Cannes Mandelieu and numerous shopping areas.
- 7.- Museum Castre: Built on the ruins of the Castillo de la Castre is this museum which houses interesting collections of art related to Mediterranean civilizations, east of Oceania and America . In the Chapel of Santa Ana we can find more than 400 musical instruments from around the world and times.
Opening hours: From October to March from 10.00h to 13.00h of 14.00ha 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays). From April to September it closes at 18.00, staying open during July and August until 19.00h until 21h.00h every Wednesday from June, July, August and September. The entrance fee is about 3.50 €.
- 8.- L’Espace Miramar: Located on the ground floor of the former Hotel Miramar Palace , this multicultural space offers cultural exhibitions on fotogrfía, visual arts, film and performances.
Opening hours: From 6:00 p.m. 14.00ha, closing every Monday of the year and the 1st January, 1st May, 1st and 11 November and 25 December. Free entrance.
- 9.- Center d’Art La Malmaison: Rebuilt in 1950 on the old tea room and games demolished Grand Hotel , this center was refitted as a museum, hosting exhibitions of modern art ..
Opening hours: From October to March, 13.00h and from 10.00h 14.15ha 4:45 p.m., closing every Monday throughout the year and during the installation of exhibitions. From April to May, closed, reopened July to September every day from 8:00 p.m. 11.00h. Entrance fee: € 3.40 each.
- 10.- Villa Domergue: Built by architect Jean-Gabriel Domergue in the year 1,936, this villa inspired by Venetian palaces, houses in its beautiful gardens sculptures and paintings work of his wife.
Opening hours: From July to September, Tuesday to Saturday and from 15.00 to 19.00.
- 11.- Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild: This neoclassical palace, built on the foundations of the Villa Marie-Therese is a representation of luxury in the city. Lord Brougham stayed in this town, who put fashion. In the gardens you can see a botanical collection, with tropical, Mediterranean and Asian plants.
- 12.- Sea Museum (Musee de la Mer): Listed as a historic monument, is installed on Margarita Island from 1,973, occupying the oldest part of the royal fortress. On the ground floor are the dungeons, one of them occupied for eleven years by the famous Man in the Iron Mask . The first floor houses a collection of archaeological objects taken from the sunken ships in the vicinity, such as ceramics, amphorae, vases, etc … is available a service of ferries that leave from the Muelle Iles de Cannes at the price of about 11 € round return.
Opening hours: From October to March, from 10.30am 13.15hy 14.15ha 4:45 p.m., closing every Monday throughout the year and on 1 January, 1 and 11 November and 25 December. From April to May, the same schedule but closing at 5:45 p.m.. June to September is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:45 p.m.. Entrance fee: € 3.50 each.
- 13.- Monastery of San Honorato (Saint Honorat): This monastery is part of the island from 1,600 years ago, when some cirtercienses monks, including Honorato, there formed their community. It is noteworthy its feudal architecture, having many chapels to visit and oenological crops made by monks for years, including the famous liquor Lerina . This monastery also offers catering, whose reservations must be made two months in advance and where guests must participate in daily activities of the monastery as well as benefit from the monastic life style and their disciplines. Sundays and holidays is possible to make a one – day visit. You can reach the island by ferry fromIles de Cannes dock at the price of about 12 € round trip.
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Date Posted: June 29, 2013
Update: January 19, 2018
I would like to apologize to my english speaking readers since this website was initially built in spanish language and after receiving numerous requests I have decided to translate it into English. This article have been translated automatically, so some meanings may not be completely correct, but I think it’s enough to share my experiences with my readers.