The French Riviera is a first-class summer destination: great beaches, crystal clear water, a mild climate… and perhaps its greatest asset, Cannes, a city that is a hallmark in itself and has a whole lot more than just the renowned film festival to offer visitors in summer time.
The extremely well-known Boulevard de la Croisette with its beaches, restaurants, cafes and boutiques is perhaps its biggest tourist attraction. We also recommend a stroll around La Suquet, the city’s old quarter, a visit to the St Anne’s chapel and fortified tower, where you can also visit the Castre Museum. However, in this article, we’re going to focus on some of the events that take place every summer and that can add an extra something special to your holidays in Cannes.
First up is the International Fireworks Festival that has been lighting up the Bay of Cannes since 1998 with the world’s leading fireworks specialists. On July 12, 21 and 29, and August 7, 15 and 24, six guest countries have been invited to go head to head in this international festival where they will try to win the Silver Vestale and qualify for the champion of champions Gold Vestale that is held every four years.
And for music lovers, there’s the Ramatuelle Jazz Festival, another classic on the summer calendar in Cannes that takes place from the 16th to then 20th of August. The festival has been on the go for more than 30 years, and this summer gives special attention to American and French jazzmen with a combination of new acts and well-known stars on the line-up. The festival has organised free concerts each night alongside the original lineup to promote musicians from the region.
Another important music festival in the city is the Menton Music Festival. The festival has been bringing the world’s leading classical musicians together in the French Rivier since 1950, and from July 28th until August 13th there are outdoor concerts in front of the port in the square of the Church of San Miguel Arcángel.
If you’re sure you’d like to experience a summer filled with music in Cannes, one of the best accommodation options is the Residéal Premium Cannes by BlueBay****, a great spot for both couples and families with everything you need within easy reach, and it’s just a stone’s throw away from the famous Boulevard de la Croisette. Or if you fancy visiting other parts of the French Riviera, we recommend the Residéal Antibes by BlueBay****, and the Resideal La Grande Motte by BlueBay****. Both hotels have all the quality and services you’d expect from a brand belonging to BlueBay Hotels.