The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
Flowering gardens and palm trees line the curve of Cannes' coastline along the promenade de la Croisette. La Croisette is a street to explore at a leisurely pace, drinking in the stunning seaside view. Or, how about a dance with France's lady luck in the Monte Carlo Casino? This casino was built in 1878. Enjoy the elaborate décor and architecture of the game rooms, featuring stained-glass windows, paintings and sculptures. High-class gambling requires high-class attire; jacket and tie are required for men. The casino opens in the afternoon. Guests must be over 18 to enter.
Other Fun Things to Do
- For a breathtaking view of Cannes, journey up to the old town of Cannes on Suquet Hill. From the top you can see the entire city, the sea and the Lérins Islands. On the hill you'll also find a 14th century tower (the Tour du Suquet). Close by in the Château de la Castre is the Musée de la Castre which features a mix of artwork from 19th-century paintings to relics of ancient Mediterranean civilizations.
- Wander Nice's Promenade des Anglais and Quai des États-Unis to experience the best restaurants, high-class apartments, cafés and hotels, plus an astonishing view of the Mediterranean.
- Inspect the late Prince Rainier III's private collection of antique cars in Monte Carlo (Monaco).
- Discover Monaco's Oceanographic Museum. Commandant Jacques-Yves Cousteau served as Director of the Museum until 1988. Exhibits range from Cousteau's diving saucers and equipment to a spectacular aquarium.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
While in Monte Carlo, try a local specialty like "barbagiuan", a pastry filled with rice and pumpkin; "socca", chick-pea flour pancakes; or "stocafi", dried codfish cooked in a tomato sauce and Provençal herbs. Order a salade niçoise in Nice - a classic salad made with fresh tomatoes, mixed leaves, anchovies, tuna, beans and olive oil. Cannes has a large selection of excellent seafood restaurants. Oh, and don't forget to have a croissant!
Shopping for Bargains
Along the Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes, you'll find high-fashion boutiques. Looking for wine, herbs, olives and oils? Peruse the emporiums on the Rue Meynadier. Cannes is also home to some of the best chocolatiers. The local specialty candy may be devoid of chocolate, but these "fruits confits," or jellied fruits, are definitely worth sampling.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of France. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.
Weather in Cannes (Monte Carlo), France
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