The best tours in Cannes around the Hôtel des Orangers

The best tours in Cannes around the Hôtel des Orangers

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Les Guides de France is a platform of activities designed by licensed tour guides from the Ministry of Culture: it offers the best walking tours and excursions in France. Customer service is responsive and can take your reservation for an activity the next day.To make your stay in Cannes unforgettable, the Guides de France have selected 5 essential tours to do on the French Riviera from your hotel.


Cannes walking tour

Cannes is a city with more than 2,000 years of history. Its original site is the Suquet hill  that overlooks the bay and that is close to your hotel. At this place, Celtic-Ligurian populations lived for a long time before they were expelled by the Romans at the end of the 1st century AD. Le Suquet corresponds to the old center of Cannes : its cobbled streets will delight you. It also offers sumptuous viewpoints from which to discern, in the distance, the Lérins Islands, the town hall and the Croisette.

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Cannes food tour

Fishing is an activity that occupied the people of Cannes for a long time, at least until the first half of the 19th century. It is the same for agriculture, based on wines, wheat and olive trees. It was Lord Henry Brougham who, in 1834, during a trip to Italy, decided to spend the night in the city and launched its tourist vocation. He gets off at the Maître Pinchemal's inn, rue du Port. His short stay delighted him: the food was to his liking and he decided to settle more regularly in Cannes. He had a villa built and this had a real ripple effect with the various European aristocracies, first English, then Russian.

Your guide takes you as close as possible to a gourmet and authentic Cannes in which stories, anecdotes and moments of tastings mingle around the Forville market and the Gare district.

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Cannes and the cinema : around the festival

The idea of ​​a Film Festival in Cannes was born in the mind of Jean Zay, Minister of the Front Populaire. A first edition was opened in September 1939, but this was interrupted by the war. Peace returned, the Festival of the 7th art is finally launched on the Croisette : this one sees Cecil B. De Mille and various directors who place this boulevard under the fire of the international spotlight. The hotel tradition of Cannes is thus reinforced by this annual event.

Cannes remains to this day one of the main planetary meetings dedicated to cinema. Your guide tells you the anecdotes that have punctuated the Festival, from its first edition to the present day.

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Cannes and the Lérins islands

The image of Cannes is spontaneously associated with the glitter of the Festival. However, at fewer than 5 miles from the coast, an archipelago is worth visiting. It is made up of two main islands, Île Saint-Honorat and Île Sainte-Marguerite. On the first is one of the oldest monastic communities in Europe, while the second houses a fort built by Vauban.

Your guide takes you closer to the authenticity of these two islands during a 3-hour hiking excursion. Follow him !

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Discover the Cannes surroundings : visit Nice, Antibes, Saint-Raphaël and Grasse

Multiple curiosities around your hotel are worth visiting. First, we recommend that you go to Nice. The city is accessible by highway or by train. The capital of the Côte d'Azur shelters many treasures: an old district, that was classified in 2021 by UNESCO, fine art museums, in Cimiez, dedicated to Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall, a pretty food market where you can, among other things, discover socca and local products. Closer, we advise you to visit Antibes with a professional guide: the city will delight you with its partly preserved fortifications, its old streets and its sublime Picasso museum whose terrace offers an exceptional view of the Mediterranean.

Lovers of horticulture and floral essences should go to Grasse, whose economy has been based on perfume workshops since the first third of the 19th century. Finally, lovers of history and landscape lines will find their happiness by discovering Saint-Raphaël at the outlet of the Corniche d'Or, a coastal road that runs along the Massif de l'Estérel. Saint Raphaël was the scene of the landing in Provence on August 15, 1944. Military operations were carried out by the US General Alexander Patch.

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