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Discover Frejus, Cannes & Grasse

 

Cities and Villages

The centre piece of the Cote d’Azur is the splendid region around the two main cities of Cannes and Fréjus. This area is well known for its stunning beaches, turquoise waters, authentic villages and of course some of the French Riviera’s most famous cities. This mix of natural beauty, historical treasures, cultural essence and modern day jet-set extravaganza makes it one of Europe’s most desired holiday destinations.

The city of Grasse is another pearl and is known worldwide as the capital of perfume. This medieval city with its narrow cobble stone streets, artisan shops and French cafes, is laid-out over a hilltop, offering stunning panoramic views of its surroundings.

 

 

Cannes

Cannes has to be one of the most beautiful destinations in the south of France. A 'must-see' is definitely the Promenade de la Croisette, the palm-tree lined waterfront avenue. Take a stroll and feel as one with the 'beautiful people' who flock here for the Film Festival. Admire the picturesque beaches and eat at one of the many restaurants alongside. 

Whilst at Cannes, don’t forget to appreciate the gorgeous villas that were built by the aristocracy when the town was favoured as a winter resort. Each villa is highly original but owes its inspiration to a multitude of architectural styles, such as medieval castles and Roman villas.

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If you're into shopping, then Cannes is a mecca. Rue d’Antibes is perhaps the most famous shopping street. 

The nightlife in this vibrant resort is not to be missed. Cannes has three major Casinos, lots of nightclubs with every type of music, and countless bars. If you're missing home, or just missing warmer beer and a large Guinness then there are also Irish and English pubs to be found.

There are lots of fun activities in Cannes. You can spend your days discovering amazing underwater life with scubadiving lessons, you can go deep-sea fishing, or just simply sit back and relax on a sailing boat. You can also find quite a lot of cinemas in town, one in particular exclusively plays English films so be sure to look out for it! There is also an English Theatre, so why not enjoy a show after a long day of relaxing on the beach?

You can hop on a boat and sail to the St Marguerite Island, where the man in the iron mask took 11 years to escape from, and visit the museum located there. Another island is St Honorat Island, which is inhabited by monks and has some incredible scenery.

Other sights include the Croisette gardens, the marina and the old harbor, all picture-worthy.

 

 

 

Fréjus

Fréjus is an absolutely gorgeous medieval city with an extremely popular seaside resort. If you are love spending time on the beach, two kilometres of fine white sandy beaches are waiting for you, where you can also enjoy the many watersports that this city has on offer. The main centre of Fréjus is very typically French; rich in culture and history as demonstrated by the gorgeous churches and squares which are lined with little cobble-stoned streets opening up onto some great shops. Bars and restaurants can be found round every single corner in the centre, all offering delicious local food as well as food from other parts of the world. There are festivals throughout the entire year, as well as regular markets and other events.

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If you're looking for a fun day of activities, you'll be spoiled for choice. Fréjus has a a zoo 6km away, a botanical gardens, a Casino, multiple spas and lots of hiking opportunities. There is also a large Aqualand, which is a very popular water park catering for both old and young with a massive variety of water slides and water playgrounds. If you prefer more of a thrill, there is the Luna Park theme park in Fréjus where you can go on as many roller coasters as your heart desires.

Fréjus is a wonderful family destination and has something for everyone.


Things to Do

Every year this region hosts one of the world’s most famous events, the Cannes Film Festival. During these 10 days the area attracts an immense number of visitors and creates a considerable buzz, but the city itself is vibrant and busy during summer months. Of course the concept of summer is rather stretched here, with an average of 300 days of sun a year.

 

 

Beaches and Bars 

 

Cannes Nightlife

The nightlife in Cannes is about as well-known as the Eiffel Tower; celebrities and “little people” alike, flock to this golden holiday destination to party until morning, before returning home with heels in their hands, knowing that they had the best night they possibly could, and that it will never be topped.

Cannes has an insane amount of bars, and it all goes on at the Rue Commandant André and its surrounding streets; it is the place to be if you want to be involved in any kind of incredible festivity. The great thing about one of the most famous pearls of the French Riviera, is that it has something for everyone; so whether you’re a rich jet-setter flying around in your helicopter, or an adventurous backpacker looking for some fun on a budget, you will definitely find what you’re looking for. Whether coffee bars with live music and casinos are your thing, or if you’re more a fan of rooftop swimming pool night clubs or classy cocktail bars, this is the place for you.

It would be near impossible to list all of the bars, clubs and discos in Cannes, but here are some of the best:

  • Morrisons (bar)
  • Gotcha Club (disco club)
  • Le Vogue (bar)
  • Baoli (best and most expensive bar, the place to be)
  • Le friends (night club)
  • VIP room (club)
  • Heel Club (disco club)

Cannes is very kind to its tourists and locals, and will always want the best for them, which is why their clubs and bars are open so late, giving you the opportunity to come out of the smoky bars and hop straight onto a bus, thus eliminating the need for a car and avoiding incidents such as drunk-driving.

As well as the clubs and bars, there are events going on throughout the entire summer, including of course, the International Film Festival.

Cannes is, has been, and will always be the place to be.

Les Issambres

Les Issambres is the seaside and holiday destination of the commune de Roquebrune-sur-Argens. It stretches along 8 km of inlets and fine sandy beaches. Eastwards on the beach is the sailing centre with boat rentals and a sailing school, a protected boat harbour with some marine shops, dive center and restaurants. There is a ferry, 'Les Bateaux Verts', that takes passengers to the harbour of Sainte Maxime or Saint Tropez.

Further to the east is the village of San-Peïre-sur-Mer with shops, restaurants, hotels, promenade, village beach and a town square with a Monday outdoor market, post and tourist office. Continuing eastwards there is a winding coastline with creeks and rocks. There are numerous nature trails including a coastline trail leading to a 2000-year-old Roman fishpond.

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Sainte Maxime is a vibrant little town offering a vast choice of reasonably priced restaurants. Soak up the wonderful atmosphere in the cobbled streets of the old town where a craft market is held in the evenings. There are various weekly markets including a ‘Capet’ Food market, local produce market and flea market.

 

 

Events and Festivals 

Cannes Festivals

Cannes is known throughout the world for the Cannes Film Festival, which is held in May, but there are also many other events throughout the summer months. These include a Photography festival, a Basque pelota (a fast and furious game played like a cross between squash and 'fives') festival, and the Festival Pantiero, which includes everything from indie music to square-dancing, jazz, and fireworks! There's something different to see and do nearly every day through the long summer months.

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Museums and Markets 

Cannes Markets

There are lots of markets to be explored here, the three biggest food markets being Forville, Gambetta and La Bocca. You can find everything here, from wine and cheese to olives and fish, everything! For mainstream food shopping, there are also quite a few supermarkets.

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Museums and Markets 

Cannes Markets

There are lots of markets to be explored here, the three biggest food markets being Forville, Gambetta and La Bocca. You can find everything here, from wine and cheese to olives and fish, everything! For mainstream food shopping, there are also quite a few supermarkets.

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Sights and Attractions 

Ile Sainte-Marguerite

If you have ever seen the film 'The Man in the Iron Mask', you'll want to visit the Ile Sainte-Marguerite, just off the coast of Cannes. It took the mysterious 'Man' 11 years to escape from Fort Royal on this tiny, forested island but nowadays it's a lot easier to get to and from. The island is part of the Lérins islands. The neighboring smaller island is owned by monks who operate an excellent restaurant – definitely worth the trip!

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