11 August 2017, 11:10 AM
The red carpet and paparazzi snapping photos of movie stars brings Cannes onto our televisions in the annual Cannes Film Festival. Yet behind the ritz and glitz of this French Riviera epicenter is the old town of Le Suquet connected by narrow cobblestone walkways, which leads to street markets, restaurants and cafes.
The road most traveled by romantics
Traveling to France and driving from Nice airport to Cannes is a perfect getaway to the French Riviera. The close proximity of Nice to the towns along the French Riviera ernsures you get the most out of your South of France vacation. A must-visit on your travels to Cote d’azur is the beautiful coastline, where you can hike and stop off for a refreshing swim in the calanques which are small inlets among the pastel blue waters.
Picturesque views of the French countryside
Within 1 hour drive of Cannes you have a wonderful selection of small South of France towns to visit. Visit the hillside town of Saint Paul de Vence, made famous by being a Summer home to many famous European artists. Walk around this fortified town to see where Marc Chagall, the world famous modernist artist, lived and worked. The labyrinth of pathways are dotted with boutique art galleries and cozy restaurants.
Breathtaking views, intoxicating scents
Cannes is the perfect base upon which to make day trips traveling in France. A short 12 mile drive north of Cannes is the aromatic town of Grasse, which is the center of the French perfume industry. Today, Grasse produces over half of France’s natural aromas. Visiting the Parfumerie Fragonard is a wonderful experience to see how the perfume industry in France developed. The International Perfume Museum is a fascinating way to spend several hours. Be sure to buy some perfume and remember your travel to Grasse for years to come through the smell of the perfume.
Melt your stresses away
On your return to Cannes, you will be able enjoy the beach on the Mediterranean Sea. Strolling along the promenade, you can observe the super rich, their super yachts, and their glamorous fashions. A nearby romantic restaurant awaits with a sommelier, who can recommend a lovely glass of Côtes du Rhône rose or Bordeaux cabernet sauvignon for you and your partner to celebrate your travels to the French Riviera.