Cannes is a city with 73 372 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2009) in southern France on the Côte d’Azur in the department of Alpes-Maritimes. Cannes is situated on the Côte d’Azur, a coastal strip of the Mediterranean. In the hinterland of the northeast are the foothills of the Southern Alps. West of the city extends the Esterel Mountains with cliffs of red porphyry.
Middle of the resort Cannes is the promenade Boulevard de la Croisette. The Croisette was in 1850, modeled on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice created. The boulevard has a length of two kilometers to the east and ends at the Pointe Croisette, where one has a view over the whole promenade across the Festival Hall. Shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars alternate. Also, three casinos and the Palais des Festivals et des Congres, where the event is the International Film Festival, are located here. Many of the larger hotel chains run a hotel on the Croisette, including InterContinental (Carlton), Hilton and Mercure. Not only during the festival you can find here numerous celebrities. On the promenade there are small parks, a promenade lined with palm itself. Directly below you will find the Plage de la Croisette, a wide sandy beach. As France’s largest inner-city park is the cemetery of Cannes, Cimetière du Grand Jas, on including such well known figures such as Martine Carol, Klaus Mann and Lily Pons were buried. South of the city visible from the beach are two islands: Sainte-Marguerite (4.6 km) and Saint-Honorat (5.7 km). Both can be reached by public ferry.
A beautiful sandy beach ideal for swimming and relaxing. In addition, the perfume city Grasse accessible by bus and Nice, just half an hour away. Prior to Cannes is a group of islands, with two islands Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat are clearly visible from the city and accessible by public ferry are. On the island of Sainte-Marguerite is the Museum (Musée de la Mer) with the prison of the Man in the Iron Mask.