French Riviera Fly: 10 Things to Know About Cannes

Cannes Film Festival is just one of the city's gems.


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Boulevard de la Croisette Has the Best People Watching - The Cannes Film Festival is underway, and as always, we are dreaming about jetting off to France. For those who are lucky enough to touch down in this exclusive resort town situated on the French Riviera, here's what you need to know to have an amazing experience. By Kenrya RankinThis mile-long promenade is home to private beaches, high fashion shopping and elegant (read: expensive) hotels. No Cannes experience is complete without a long stroll.(Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)


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Head to Palais des Festivals for the Red Carpet - You might have a hard time scoring tickets for screenings, but you can still see your faves walk the red carpet at this convention center, which houses the film festival.(Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)


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Island Hopping Is the Norm - Just a mile offshore, tiny Île Saint-Honorat beckons you to visit. Stop by the Abbey de Lérins for a glass or two of monk-made wine. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)


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Centre d'art La Malmaison Is for the Artsy Folks - Stop by this intimate space to see major art exhibits featuring the work of folks you might have heard of, like Picasso and Matisse.(Photo: JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/GettyImages)


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Foodies Flock to Marche Forville - Six mornings a week, this outdoor market is bustling with farmers, chefs and foodies. Once you get your fill of people watching, you can find anything you want to eat, from just-picked asparagus to just-caught fish.(Photo: Thomas Barwick/Getty Images)


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Spot Celebs on Their Downtime at Hotel Martinez - Not only does this Hyatt property offer views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Bay of Cannes, but it is also the place to be for "spontaneous" run-ins with your favorite stars.(Photo: LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)


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Have the Best Meal of Your Trip at La Palme D'Or - While you're at Hotel Martinez, book a table at this restaurant — it's the only place in town with two Michelin stars.(Photo: Chad Dowling/Getty Images)


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Sainte-Marguerite Is a Beach-Lover's Paradise - Hop a boat to this island and revel in both the gorgeous beaches and the marked trails that lead you around the site.(Photo: Francois Durand/Getty Images)


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Le Spa Diane Barrière by Clarins Will Rejuvenate You - Jet lagged industry insiders head straight to this spa at Le Majestic Barrière Cannes to perk up before the premieres. You can book a service, too. (Photo: Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)


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Film Geeks Adore the Painted Walls - Supported by the city, this set of 14 massive murals turns buildings into works of art dedicated to film, with homages to everyone from Truffaut to Batman.(Photo: VALERY HACHE/AFP/GettyImages)