A trip to Cannes Film Festival is an absolute must for any budding cinephile. The city of Cannes is a stunning city on the French Riviera, which come May is annually flooded with Hollywood celebrities, the biggest names in cinema and of course the best in fresh film talent. Here are a few ideas of how to experience this celebration of all things film.
The festival takes place in the Palais de Festivals at the end of the La Croisette promenade overlooking the beach. La Croisette is alight with famous faces during festival time and is buzzing with shops and restaurants. Cannes boasts its own Hollywood walk of fame in the form of the Allees des Stars, where engraved hand prints of the famous past and present can be found. Furnished holiday apartments to rent are available in abundance in Cannes, during the festival booking far in advance is highly recommended. For the bigger budget luxury apartments can be found on the promenade of La Croisette just minutes away from the Palais. A stay further out from the centre of Cannes makes for the most appealing compromise if travelling on a stricter budget. Areas such as Place du Commandant Maria only a mere six minutes away from the grand La Croisette promenade, offer furnished holiday apartments to rent at a dramatically decreased rate.
To really get the most out of Cannes ensure you get a schedule for film screenings. The Cannes Cinephiles booth can be found outside the Palais des Festivals and like everything in Cannes, book early to avoid disappointment. Accreditation or invitation is needed to enter the official screenings, however screenings of Cannes Classics can be viewed on the Cinéma de la Plage. This open air beach emanates the famous buzz of Cannes and is another essential of the festival experience, visit Cannes tourism office for tickets. Whether you are willing to splash out on ornate fully furnished holiday apartments to rent or decide to settle for that homely two bed studio apartment, Cannes never fails to impress come festival time.
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