Cannes lives up to its motto "Life is a festival." The main source of its income in a busy calendar of festivals, business conferences, sport events and trade shows. You can visit Cannes Horse Show and Cannes Golf Festival, Luxury Travel Market and Salon de l'Automobile, International Fireworks Festival and International Dance Festival. Cannes' Mediterranean location also makes it a popular venue for regattas and sailing competitions.
Cannes is situated on a large bay that welcomes luxury cruise boats and yachts from around the Mediterranean. In summer months Cannes attract many tourists who enjoy lying in the long, sandy beaches of La Croisette that stretches the whole length of Cannes' coastline. Most of the beaches are private, so you will need to pay to gain access.
Originally, Cannes was a small fishing town on southern coast of France. In the 11th century it was owned by monks. Later they expanded their monastery to the nearby Island of St Honorat and built a tower on the Suquet hill. Nowadays you can still find it in the same place. The fishing tradition also lives on. Every day fishermen’ wives sell the yield at Forville market.
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