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Cannes, French Riviera

Cannes is becoming a real corporate playground. And for a good reason as it remains one of the most attractive cities in the south coast of France. This Riviera city on the Côte d’Azur hosts Europe’s most famous annual Film Festival, and has long been a playground for sophisticated pleasure seekers. Cannes is noted for beautiful sandy beaches, most of which charge an entry fee to keep out the riff-raff. It’s a far cry from the early 19th century, When this was a small fishing and agricultural village. But then the place was discovered by the aristocracy, who built exclusive holiday villas, and it was only a matter of time before Cannes became a seriously classy resort. Nowadays, there are high-tech industries clustered in the hills, but tourism and servicing the rich remains the main economic activity, supported by the regular festivals and exhibitions that take place throughout the year. Cannes is centred on the old port. Harbour-Watching is free, and fun, as is car-spotting – set a figure in millions and see how quickly you reach it by totting up the value of expensive cars seen, which won’t take long. From the harbour, the famous Croisette Boulevard and beach extends around the bay, in the iconic Rade de Cannes. The Boulevard Jean Hibert goes the other Way, past some of the best beaches. The nearest thing to an old town is Le Suquet, overlooking the West end of the port. This has a medieval flavour, with narrow streets rambling around the hill. From the top, there are sweeping iews. Standing on the rampart Wall in front of the church, it is possible to see the city, port, bay and Cap de la Croisette, and to the West the Gulf de la Napoule and Massif de l’Esterel mountains. Cannes is paradise for shoppers who are looking for (and able to afford) the most chic of items. But Window-shopping is free, and the streets to cruise enviously are the Rue d’Antibes, Rue Félix Faure and the Boulevard de la Croisette. Amongst all corporate event agencies, The Grenouille – or the frog – has remained one of the best known for its delivery – This is the event agency in Cannes to go to, says most yacht brokers and villa rental companies who recognize their real talent in making Cannes a real hotspot.

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