Attractions in Cannes, France

by Luc Braybury

Cannes is a city in France located along the French Riviera and one of France's most popular tourist destinations. In addition to the world-famous Cannes Film Festival, the city has also gained fame from its host of luxury restaurants and hotels and public and private beaches. The city also has a long history dating back to the middle ages. This history is represented in its museums and galleries that are regularly open to the public

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Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most respected and prestigious of its kind in the world. The festival is usually held in May at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres, a building designed specifically to host the festival. Although most of the festival is closed to the public, a pair of events -- the Cinema de la Plage and masterclasses -- are open to all. The Cinema de la Plage takes place on Mace Beach and consists of a screening of classic Cannes films and current films that have been removed from competition. The masterclasses are events where well-known filmmakers give public lectures on the industry.

The Croisette Casino Barriere de Cannes

The Croisette Casino Barriere de Cannes is a casino that bills itself as "a paradise for gamers and a temple to entertainment." The casino is spread out over nearly 10,000 square feet and contains 290 slot machines, including a range of games such as video poker, video jackpot slots and traditional slot machines. Games cost 1 or 5 euros per play. In addition, a selection of traditional table games such as French and English roulette, blackjack, poker and craps are also available.

Musee de la Castre

The Musee de la Castre is a museum located in old Cannes within the ruins of an 11th century castle. The museum was founded in 1877 and includes collections of art and exotic objects from Australia and New Zealand, the Himalayas and North and South America. Also included is a wealth of Mediterranean artifacts and ceramics dating from the 15th century. The 12th century Saint Anne Chapel, located within the Musee de la Castre, hosts a collection of world musical instruments. In addition, there is a three-room art gallery featuring works from local painters from the 19th century.

Musee de la Mer

The Musee de la Mer is a museum on the island of Lerins, off the coast of Cannes. A historic monument in and of itself, the bottom floor of the museum was once the state prison. Articles on display include permanent exhibitions such as underwater archaeological items from Roman and Saracen naval wrecks, remnants of Roman wall paintings and temporary photography exhibits. The museum is open daily and the hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. from October to March, 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 to 5:45 p.m. from April to May and 10:00 a.m. to 5:45 from June to September.

About the Author

Luc Braybury began writing professionally in 2010. He specializes in science and technology writing and has published on various websites. He received his Bachelor of Science in applied physics from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.