There is more to Cannes than just the film festival

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Before being host of the popular film festival, Cannes was a simple fishing village. There were many years pillaging and wars took place, but upon falling in love with the scenic getaway, a former British Chancellor built a villa at the Croix des Gardes. Many other Brits and Europeans followed, making for a trendy vacation spot.

Many luxury shops have popped up on La Croisette, and as you walk toward Rue d'Antibes there are more affordable shops as well. Rue Meynadier is full of boutiques and other tourist shops.

In 1952 the Palais des Festivals et des Congres was built atop the Boulevard de la Croisette, formerly a casino spot, and is now the home for Cannes Film Festival.

Spotted amongst all the neighborhoods are film-related murals. As for locations to stay - there are two popular hotels, The Intercontinental Carlton, and Hotel Martinez. Both with lavish perks such as restaurants, art, and private beaches.

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