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Cannes is a French commune in the Cannes Pays de Lérins agglomeration community located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, on the Côte d'Azur, of which it is a flagship city. Its inhabitants are called the Cannois (es) in French and the canenc (a) in Provençal (locally pronounced canenc and canenco).

Ligurian fishing village during Antiquity, linked to the legends of Saint-Honorat and the man in the iron mask on the Lérins islands off the bay of Cannes, a health resort and seaside resort on the Côte d'Azur in the 19th century century, the city takes off with the construction of holiday residences by English and Russian aristocrats and then, from the beginning of the twentieth century, luxury hotels for wealthy tourists, constituting its architectural heritage.

With a cutting-edge industry, a small business airport, several ports and a convention center, anchored in the Bay of Cannes, bordered by the Massif de l'Esterel to the west, the Gulf Juan to the east and the Mediterranean Sea, Cannes is today known worldwide for its film and yachting festivals and for its Croisette lined with a few palaces.



The Cannes Film Festival, founded in 1946 by Jean Zay. It is an international film festival taking place every year in the second half of May over a period of 12 days. Over the years, it has become the most publicized festival in the world! Tickets for the screenings cannot be purchased, they are only available by accreditation or invitation. You can get accreditation on the Cannes Film Festival website. Invitations can be won during various competitions, and are sometimes offered by personalities when leaving a hotel or in front of the Cannes tourist office. Note also that invitations are offered each year by drawing lots to the inhabitants of Cannes.
The Lérins Islands are two islands located a few kilometers from Cannes:
Sainte Marguerite: she is best known for having been the place of detention of the Iron Mask. You can still visit this prison today.
Saint Honorat: this 37 ha island is owned by Cistercian monks who produce wine in particular. It is also possible to visit the abbey or to take a spiritual retreat. Access to the island costs EUR 13 and an additional EUR 3 is required to visit the fortified monastery [2011-07]. Note that there is only one restaurant on the island and no drinking water points.