How to Spend a Weekend in Cannes For the Film Festival

Make the most of your trip to the Cannes Film Festival

By Kelly Cronin

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival marked the 71st annual invitation-only film festival held in Cannes since 1946. The world-famous event brings even more glamour and luxury to Cannes (although it’s already one of the most glamorous places in the world), with celebrities flocking to the red carpets each year, making a full luxury vacation out of the spectacle. If you’re thinking of seeing what all the buzz is about, read this guide on how to spend a weekend in luxury during the Cannes Film Festival.

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Shop and Eat Along Boulevard de la Croisette

The famous film festival crowds gather around the main road in Cannes: Boulevard de la Croisette (click here to see a map!). Along the boulevard, you can indulge in some of the most expensive brands for clothing, shoes, accessories, real estate and especially jewelry. With stunning window displays from Harry Winston, Cartier, Gucci, Saint-Laurent and more, there is plenty of bling to spend some serious cash on while strolling along the sea.

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Attend a film screening – without a badge

The Cannes Film Festival shows a free screening of one of their “Cannes Classics” every night on the beach. Yes, you read that right – you can watch a film at the Cannes Film Festival on the beach for FREE. This year included a screening of Grease, which was presented by John Trovolta himself. Chairs line up the beach with a huge, outdoor projector while the crowd cheerily sings along to the classic’s musical tunes. As spots are very limited and the crowd gets huge, I would highly recommend getting there very early (even about 2 hours so you can check out how the queue is going). Also be sure to bring a light jacket, as it will get chilly once the sun goes down. For more info on these screenings, visit the Cannes Film Festival website.

Explore the Old Town

As with every French Riviera gem, Cannes has a quaint, beautiful old town just opposite of the sea. Wander through narrow streets between luxury boutiques, patisseries, restaurants and bars. The old town in Cannes, also called Le Suquet, can be found up cobble-stone streets upwards a hill just across from the Boulevard de la Croisette. If you’ve never explored cobble-stone streets filled with French bakeries, you are definitely in for a treat. Divine tarts, cakes and macarons line the windows of little shops where these homemade treats are made. And trust me, you can smell the fresh baguettes and you will never un-smell them.

Looking for more? Take a tour.

Cannes is known for its luxury lifestyle and gorgeous seaside views, but it can always get crazy during the Film Festival. Take it from experience – public transportation, traffic and parking are all a nightmare. The trains are especially bad if there is a train strike happening, which in France is more than probable. Skip the hassle and book a tour instead! THE DRIVER offers a “Croisette in Cannes” day tour that shows you around the best parts of Cannes in a luxury vehicle with your own private driver. This gives you the chance to see Cannes the way everyone should, as well avoiding the touristic insanity of the Cannes Film Festival.

This post is sponsored by THE DRIVER. All words, opinions and experiences are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

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