The Cannes Film Festival is the most glittering of occasions. The red carpet in front of the Palais des Festivals is alive with celebrities, all jostling for position in front of the assembled worlds press. The town comes alive with the buzz that only comes when the Film Festival crew arrive. The 2014 Cannes Film Festival takes place from the 14th – 25th May.
The Cannes Film Festival passes are highly prized and difficult to come by and many of the key hotels restrict access to those with the relevant Film Festival ID. But not so the bars and cafes dotted along the famous ‘La Croisette’. Sit here, close to the Palais des Festivals and you are sure to spot a face you know. But make that coffee last, prices can be as much as three times higher during the Film Festival.
Arrive in Style
During the film Festival Cannes is frankly a bun fight. Congested by stretch limousines in every direction and impossible to navigate by car. So arrive in style by train. The station is just a 5 minute walk from the Palais des Festivals and runs to all key locations along the coast.
If you are visiting Cannes specifically for the festival and need to be involved on a daily basis with the hustle and bustle on La Croisette then book a villa that’s close enough to walk into Cannes but that gives you some peace and quiet. It’s also a great idea if you need to arrange meetings or a party, use the villa, find a great caterer and you’ll find the guests will flock to be there.
There are many simply wonderful restaurants in Cannes, several are housed in the palace hotels that line La Croisette. But what about escaping to somewhere a little more authentic and where you are not battling for a table. Take a stroll up into Le Suquet, the Old Town of Cannes and you’ll be treated to an altogether more intimate dining experience.
Take to the Sea
If your budget allows then chartering a yacht which is anchored in the Bay of Cannes is the real 5 star Cannes experience. Arrive on the red carpet by launch, avoid the traffic and most important of all, everyone will want to come and visit, whoever you are, you must be rich and important if you can afford to charter a yacht for the Cannes Film Festival.
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