Although famous for its annual film festival, Cannes has been a well known destination for the rich and famous since the late 19th century. Luxury hotels, exotic sports cars and designer labels dominate the touristy parts of the city, which is located on the pristine shores of the Mediterranean. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Cannes is both easy and economical.
A city where the rich and famous go to mingle and show off, and where everyone else goes to relax by the beach, and also watch the rich and famous. Pleasant Mediterranean weather makes Cannes an ideal destination for a seaside holiday and the beautiful scenery around the city adds to the experience.
For a great view of Cannes, and to see how it once looked before glitz and glamour took over, jump in your hire car to the area known as old town. Narrow winding streets and lanes dominate the area, complete with cafes and restaurants. Be sure to visit the castle ruins above old town, from where you will get a spectacular view of the city below.
If visiting in summer, the one thing on everyone's mind will be: the beach! As it is such a popular destination for travellers, the beaches around Cannes can get quite crowded during warmer months. To avoid the crowds, park your rental car at the marina, and head across to one of the islands in the port by boat. Known as Iles de Lerins, these 2 islands offer pristine coves and beaches, minus much of the crowd, giving you the space you need to relax and unwind.
High in the hills not far from Cannes is one of the best kept secrets in France, a small village known as Saitn Paul de Vence. Drive your hire car up to the village, which to this day is protected by historical walls. Within the walls you will find a medieval style area of shops and houses, along with many art galleries and restaurants, a truly unique gem isolated from most of the world.
Back in Cannes, a great way to spend a day is by following in the footsteps of the rich and famous that frequent the city. Pay a visit to the Palais des Festivales, which is home to the annual Cannes Film Festival, and even though the festival may not be on, a photo on the red carpet is hard to resist. Or even just sit and enjoy a coffee at the Croisette, the main strip along the beach, where you can do a spot of people watching and also see the seemingly endless number of exotic cars drive past.
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