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Cannes is a multi-faceted city within the French Riviera. Although famous for its beaches, the city also has a great deal of culture and history as well. A small fishing village sprang up in the second century B.C. originally called Aegitna. By the 10th century A.D. the city was known as Canua, and by 1035, the city was being fortified by a castle and was known as Cannes. has an extensive listing of Cannes Hotels and using the website is incredibly easy as well. Guest feedback in the form of ratings help travelers choose from an array of hotels ranging from one to five stars. does an excellent job giving the traveler a glimpse of the hotels, offering dozens of interior photographs on each listing. Searches can also be filtered by star rating or price.

What's Cannes Like?

Cannes is a city mostly known for its beaches, but it also has an underrated historical value as well. The island of Ile Sainte-Marguerite hosted a prisoner known as "The Man in the Iron Mask", who stayed for 11 years in the 1600s. A museum on the island even showcases his cell and also chronicles some of the many ancient Roman shipwrecks dotted throughout the waters. Cistercian Monks still live on the Ille Sainte-Honorat, spending their time making wine and engaging in prayer. A medieval church and the remains of an 11th century abbey are both open to the public. Besides the fantastic beaches, Cannes is also well-known for the exclusive Cannes Film Festival, held every year in May. Founded in 1946, the festival is an invitation-only event and showcases new talent and lesser-known films. The area of Cannes also has several historical villas that people have used over the years as private dwellings. Very few of these historic homes are open to the public, although the Villa Domergue may be visited by appointment.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Cannes

One of the major things that French locals frown upon on the Cannes beaches is smoking. On two of the beaches (Bijou Plage and Les Rochers), smoking is completely banned. If caught, you will face an 11 euro fine. It's also important to remember not to misbehave on the beach. This means refraining from intimate activities as well as sleeping on the beach. In Cannes, one of the first things you will notice is that there are a lot of street vendors that often sell handbags, jewelry, and other luxury goods. Often they will sell them at very low prices, and while you might be tempted to purchase something, it is best if you don't, as many of these items are counterfeit. During the high season parking can be quite expensive if you decide to rent a car. Many locals will park their cars at Boulevard de la Croisette and make sure that there is not any text that states: "PAYANT" or "LIVRAISON". That way they are able to park their car for free as long as they don't mind walking. One thing that is popular with the locals would be a practice called "stand-up paddle surfing" where people rides the waves standing on a paddle. Another popular practice for both tourists and locals alike would be to tour Cannes and the rest of the French Riviera on a motorbike. A number of different companies offer this option. Enjoy your trip to this area and remember that has all of the information on Cannes Hotels that you will ever need!

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