Cannes and Antibes in the French Riviera
A day in old Cannes
Take a stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, the Suquet. The Notre-Dame-d’Espérance church is a typical example of Gothic architecture in Provence from the 16th and 17th centuries. Admire the panoramic view over the bay and the Lerin Islands from the tower at the top of the medieval castle, where the Castre Museum is now housed. And enjoy a famous Vilfeu ice-cream (Glacier Vilfeu, 19, rue des Etats-Unis; Cannes) before heading down to the old port where you'll find luxury yachts alongside modest fishing boats.
Follow the stars along La Croisette.
Stroll along the Promenade de la Croisette and inhale the very same air breathed by the stars attending the Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. As you walk along La Croisette, admire the legendary Majestic, Carlton and Martinez hotels. The Malmaison, once an annexe of the Grand Hôtel, is now home to temporary exhibitions of 20th century artists who have lived on the Côte d’Azur. Continue on to the end of La Croisette for a splendid view over Cannes bay, stopping off at Le Kiousk to sample some delicious organic produce (sit in or takeaway). (Kiousk, 3, rue Einesy; Cannes).
The fortified town of Antipolis
Take a walk along the Promenade Amiral-de-Grasse on the Antibes ramparts. Don't miss the Picasso Museum in the castle that was home to the Grimaldis from the 14th to 17th century. Picasso once occupied the top floor and stored many of his works there. Take time out to nibble on some delicious sweet and savoury pastries from T Nature, in the centre of Antibes. And be sure to visit the Notre-Dame-de-l’Immaculée-Conception church whose beautiful ochre façade is a fine example of an architecture combining Baroque and neoclassical styles. Round off your excursion in Antibes with a pleasant walk along the Sentier des Douaniers, stopping briefly to visit the botanical gardens at the Villa Thuret. (Jardin botanique de la villa Thuret, 90, chemin Raymond; Antibes). Tip: Don't miss the open-air recitals in the gardens of Villa Eilenroc. Each year, in July, some of the greatest voices from opera perform at the villa.
(Musiques au cœur d’Antibes; each year in July at the Villa Eilenroc; Antibes)