Trip tips: Sun, yachts and stars beckon visitors to Cannes

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By Alexandria Sage

CANNES (Reuters) - Sun, celebrities, and a world-renowned film festival have made Cannes synonymous with glamour, guaranteed prime people-watching and a chance to relish the good life against the backdrop of palm trees and yachts.

From Brigitte Bardot to Angelina Jolie, Grace Kelly to Nicole Kidman - the stars of yesteryear and today have flocked to this port town once a year to fete the best of international cinema, but it's not just movies making this holiday spot hum.

Sandy beaches, magnificent views of the Cote d'Azur port, cafes serving aperitifs and fresh seafood, and proximity to other charming spots along the Mediterranean Sea all make Cannes a must-see stop when touring the south of France.

Here are tips for getting the most out of a visit to the swanky French Riviera spot from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists throughout the world offer visitors the best local insights.

DEALMAKERS IN SPEEDOS

First, start with the pronunciation that immediately distinguishes whether you're a regular, or someone just off the plane from Los Angeles.

Pronounced "Can" and not "Cahn", this town of 74,000 permanent residents just 32 km (19 miles) west of Nice swells each May for the Cannes Film Festival, an industry-only event now in its 67th year that brings in hoards of artists from around the world, film executives, journalists and others.

The massive Palais des Festivals looming over the old port also welcomes an annual advertising festival and is home to a host of other business and entertainment fairs, bringing the annual visitor count to 2 million and keeping revenue flowing nearly year-round.   Continued...

 
Luxury yachts and boats are moored in the port of Cannes in this May 11, 2009 file picture. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Files