Cannes

Cannes has long been associated with the glamour of its annual film festival. Year-round, it's an exuberant and lively seaside destination. This chic resort offers a heady combination of glitzy boutiques, fashionable nightclubs, sandy beaches and a crystal-clear sea.

Insider Tip

Close to the beach on La Croisette is the coolest place to stay and be seen.

The area provides traditional Provencal cooking with specials ranging from beef strew to stuffed rabbit, and a firm favourite is succulent fresh fish straight from the harbour served with fresh Provencal herbs and stunning salads. Accompany these with the local red, white or rose wines that can rarely be sampled anywhere other than the French Riviera.

Alternatively, why not relax and socialise over one of the signature cocktails served in all the cosmopolitan bars.

The great and good of Paris' fashion houses are all represented in chic boutiques around La Criosette and rue d'Antibes in Cannes.