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Cannes

Once a village of fishermen linked with the Lerins islands, Cannes, founded in 997 by a hill as a strategic point for the Rodoard Lords, it was a small fishing port called 'Portu Canuae'. Now an internationally renowned town with a business airport and a modern congress building, famous for its Film Festival and La Croisette bordered by luxury hotels, the Suquet is the heart of Cannes, composed of old houses and picturesque streets.

At the top of the hill remains the old castle and situated in the old castle of Le Suquet, the museum is classified as historical monument. It is focused on ethnology and exotic cultures and was founded by the town hall of Cannes. Also classified as historical monument, the fort is opened to visitors who can see the former state prison and the cell of the Masque de Fer where the mysterious prisoner was imprisoned for 11 years.

The closest island to Cannes is Sainte Marguerite Island and a swimming race is organized every year from the coast to the island. It is also the biggest of the two islands and the most popular one for its wonderful range of vegetation. The Saint Honorat Island is owned by the monastery that has been established on it for centuries. The abbey of Lerins hosts monks since the 5th century and is almost completely self-sufficient thanks to the local resources. It is separated from the Sainte Marguerite Island by only 600 meters of water and was constantly attacked in the Middle Ages. The remaining fortified monastery remains and is an example of the feudal Provencal architecture.

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Cannes is full of small traditional restaurants in the streets of the old town, but especially trendy bars that assure you of a great night out. The night begins on the terraces, in a chic and relaxed atmosphere by the beach with an 'apéro lounge'. The two most popular clubs of the town are coming together this summer to open a new one at the end of the Croisette by the Palm Beach Casino including a private beach. The music diversity in Cannes is very rich and open to live concerts. Every summer, the town of Juan Les Pins (20 minutes away) hosts an internationally famous Jazz festival where all the best artists come together for a great selection of concerts by the beach and night jam sessions in the Casino.

The town is traditionally a centre of immense maritime focus attracting famous sailors and navigators. It has a yacht club and a nautical centre (boat club) where you can practice sailing, scuba diving and wind surfing. The International Yacht Festival has become very famous in the past few years and one of the most important nautical shows of the Mediterranean area. Its leadership and expertise makes it the second best French show after the Salon de Paris. All the best constructors are present with all the last releases that more than 50,000 visitors and clients come to discover. It is at the end of this show that is organized the Regates Royales, a famous boat race each year of more than 150 yachts of every size, lasting for several days in the bay of Cannes regrouping the most beautiful ships of the world.

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Cannes hosts several Casinos, at the end and beginning of La Croisette by the Palais des Festivals on one side and Palm Beach on the other, while it is also a dream come true for any golfer as the bay is home to no less than 10 golf clubs in exceptional locations. The Golf Royal de Mougins and many others in Biot, Grasse and Mandelieu are less than 20 minutes away from Cannes. Cannes is also host to a number of prestigious International festivals that includes the Cannes Festival which has been celebrating cinema for over 60 years. The French association of the international film festival has evolved throughout the years but has kept their passion for cinema, discovery of new talents and enthusiasm of professionals worldwide. While the Hesperides stadium in Cannes hosts every year in an exceptional location, only a few steps away from the Croisette, one of the most important equestrian manifestations of the world.

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