From the middle ages to the early 19th Century Cannes was a fishing village. In the thirties of the 19th Century french and foreign aristocrats came to the area and built cottages. Today the city is a meeting place for the rich and famous and has remained a fashionable character.
In the middle of Cannes you can find the promenade Boulevard de la Croisette. The Croisette was built in 1850, modeled on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The boulevard has a length of two kilometers in the east and ends at the Pointe Croisette, from where you can look over the entire promenade to the festival theatre. Shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars are alternating. Also the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, where the famous International Film Festival of Cannes, is located here. Not only during the film festival you can find here numerous celebrities. On the promenade there are small parks, the promenade itself is palm-lined. Directly below you will find the Plage de la Croisette, a wide sandy beach.
Cannes also disposes of france's largest inner-city cemetery, the Cimetière du Grand Jas - here are well-known figures like Martine Carol, Klaus Mann or Lily Pons were buried.