Port suquet

On the Mediterranean, Cannes is a glamorous town, popular with business tourists as well as fashionistas, and ultimately a wonderful destination to learn French.

Cannes evolved from a small Provencal fishing village at the end of the 18th Century into a vibrant town of over 70000 inhabitants in the 20th Century, and a must-see destination on the French Riviera.

The Suquet is the oldest part of the town. Stroll up the little cobbled streets to enjoy the view from the Tour du Suquet. Luxury yachts are berthed in the Port year round, and many are rented out for festivals and fairs. Around the Palais des Festival, spot the footprints of the stars kept in the pavement. Of course, the most famous part of Cannes is la Croisette: this boulevard lined with palm trees stretches along the sea front, with the beaches on one side, and luxury boutiques, hotels and apartments on the other.

Cannes beach

Cannes main attraction is its location on the Mediterranean and its glorious weather. The climate is typically Mediterranean: dry and sunny. The summer lasts from June till September, with temperatures going up to 30 degrees. Most of the rainfall takes place in October and November. The winters are windy, with the Mistral blowing from the sea, but mild.

The economy of the town relies primarily on tourism. Whether visitors come for business, leisure or for health reasons, they will enjoy all Cannes has to offer.

Marche Fortville

Brasserie and restaurant terraces are hugely popular with visitors as well as the locals. Enjoy typical Provencal food, seafood in the Vieux Port (the Old Port), ice cream on the Croisette, or fusion cuisine in Michelin Star restaurants.

The weather allows for many outdoor activities in and out of Cannes: water sports, sailing, beach volley, badminton, tennis, trekking, cycling and much more. Take a 20 minute boat trip to the Iles de Lerins. The main island, Sainte Marguerite, was the prison of the legendary Iron Mask. Finally, as Cannes is only two hours’ drive from the Alps, it is even possible to go skiing for a day or a weekend in the winter.

Cannes boasts a rich cultural life: concerts, theatre plays, cinemas and many events organised by the town to entertain its many visitors. Throughout the year, typical Provencal markets offer fresh local produce and crafts. The main one is the Marche Fortville. A feast for the sense.

In the spring, Cannes’ luxury hotels and penthouse apartments fill up with actors and film producers, journalists and many amateurs who come to attend Cannes Film Festival and the many parties organised during that time. Although Cannes was a luxury resort before 1946, the creation of the festival contributed greatly to reviving the town after WWII. Today, many luxury brands have an address on the Croisette, and the town had a dynamic and trendy vibe popular with fashionistas and jet-setters.

Although mostly famous for the Film Festival, the city hosts many a number of other festivals and business fairs: Cannes Lions for marketers, Mipim for property developers, Midem for the music industry., etc.

Attractive and vibrant, Cannes is an exciting destination for students learning French.

Activity peaks in the summer months, but there is a buzz year round in this popular seaside resort, and plenty to experience for French language students.

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