Cannes city and resort
Cannes (as well as Caen or Cannes) is one of the most popular and expensive resorts of the Cote d’Azur. It is located in the southeastern part of France, in the east of the French Riviera, near the border with Italy. Back in the 19th century, Cannes became a favorite vacation spot of Russian elites, and in the 20th century, after the Second World War, the resort grew sharply after the start of the famous international film festival. Air traffic Cannes has its own airport, but regular and charter flights from Russia do not fly here. Mandelieu Airport accepts only private jets. If you do not have your own air vehicle or you are not planning to get to Cannes with a rented business jet, the nearest suitable airport is Nice Cote d’Azur, Nice Airport. Travel options through Paris or Lyon are also possible, from where Cannes can be easily reached in 5 hours or 4 hours by TGV trains, respectively. It’s even easier and cheaper to get to Cannes from Marseille, from where TER trains regularly leave for the capital of film festivals. Air travel from Moscow or St. Petersburg to Nice Airport will last 3.5-4 hours. Aeroflot airplanes operate regular direct flights on these routes. For a week, air carrier air transport makes eight flights Moscow (Sheremetyevo) – Nice. From Moscow Vnukovo and Pulkovo (St. Petersburg) planes fly “Russia”. In high season, you can also get to Nice with one of the many charter flights. Bus number 210 departs directly from the Nice terminal building, which takes 45 minutes to reach the Palais des Festivals and Congresses in Cannes. The fare was 22 euros as of the summer of 2016. Cannes Hotels According to the Booking.com database in Cannes, there are 104 hotels. All of them, including half a dozen starless hotels, have free Wi-Fi. The number of hotels 2 *, 3 * and 4 * differs slightly, 28, 30 and 34 institutions, respectively. In 22 hotels there is a restaurant, 31 offers room service. Cannes hotels have many Russian tourists, especially in high season. So, in the legendary Martinez Hotel in the low season, 9% of the guests are Russians, in the high season the proportion of vacationers from the Russian Federation reaches 20%. At Radisson Blu & Spa, the figures are even higher – in the high season, Russians make up about half of the guests. A significant part of the hotels is located on the first beach lines. The main “highlight” of the elite seaside establishments is their own beaches, on which often umbrellas and sun loungers have to be booked for extra money in advance. The most expensive hotels are located on the famous Croisette, but the price of a room can vary significantly within the same institution. Sea View affects the cost of living very much, rooms without sea views are much cheaper. Another saving option is early booking. If in summer the cost of a room in refined coastal hotels is 500-600 euros per night, then in the beginning and in the middle of autumn, when the number of tourists decreases, but the sea is still warm in summer, prices fall at times. In particular, in institutions of the Kyriad or Ibis networks it is easy to rent a room for about fifty euros a day. The most common type of food is RO, without food. Over a third of hotels, mainly 3-5 *, offer breakfast, buffet or continental. A tenth of the hotels have their own kitchen, where you can prepare lunch or dinner with fresh products. Sights of Cannes Above the central part of the old city of Cannes rises Suke hill with the 22-meter tower of the same name, the most picturesque historical and architectural monument of the historic city center. The hill offers magnificent views of the bay. Behind the fortress walls surrounding the tower, is the Notre-Dame-de-l’Esperance Church (Church of Our Lady of Hope, XVII century). From the cinema, which broadcasts pictures of the famous annual film festival, a regular tram goes regularly. Tourists can listen to the text of the tour through the headphones in French, German, English and Russian. Fans of contemporary art should check out the Bellini Museum Chapel (Musee Chapelle Bellini) and the Malmaison Gallery (Galerie de la Malmaison). On the island of Sainte Honor, connected to the mainland by a ferry crossing, Lerinsky Abbey, founded in the 5th century AD, was once owned, including the fishing village of Cannes. Nowadays, the monastery belongs to the Cistercians, who opened to the public only the cloister, the abbey church and the museum of medieval manuscripts. In addition to the Catholic cathedrals in Cannes, there is a Russian Orthodox Church, the Archangel Michael-Archangel Church. You can learn a lot about the history of the city and the entire Mediterranean region in the Museum de la Castres (fr .: Musee de la Castre), where artifacts from different eras and civilizations are exhibited. At the Museum of the Sea (Musee de la Mer) things from the sunken ships are on display.