Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Cannes, France

Fri May 20, 2011 5:04am EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

CANNES, France (Reuters Life!) - For more than 60 years this French Riviera city has hosted the Cannes film festival and the movie market that takes place with it.

The city, which has a history dating to the second century B.C., plays host to a variety of conventions throughout the year and is a major tourist stop on France's Cote d'Azur.

It is a refreshing, if expensive, weekend getaway and a great spot to begin an auto tour of France's Provence region.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors to Cannes get the most out of a short stay.


6 p.m. There are numerous hotels of all types, ranging from the high-end Carlton and Majestic to smaller hotels including a bed and breakfast near the east end of the famed Cannes Croisette, called the Alexandre III. The rooms are moderately priced and away from the madding crowds of downtown Cannes, so there is a chance to relax. (

8:30 p.m. After unpacking, stroll up the Croisette, enjoy the breeze, the swaying palm trees and people watching. The lights of the hotels lining la plage (beach) brighten the night and music pumps from the discos. At the Martinez, head into the city a half block and enjoy a light dinner and a half bottle of wine at Lebanese restaurant, Noun.

Saturday   Continued...

<p>A general view shows the Festival Palace and boats moored in the harbour of Cannes, before the start of the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 9, 2011. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier</p>