For two weeks every May, Hollywood’s finest descend on the French town of Cannes for the glittering Cannes Film Festival. Read our guide to find out what to do away from the red carpet when visiting the event on a luxury yacht charter.
As the Palais de Festivals becomes a hub of A-list action and paparazzi vie for the perfect shot, the Port de Cannes becomes a magnet for luxury yachts jostling to be part of the glitz and glamour.
Dazzle your guests by hosting the ultimate event charter, but, away from the film premieres and superyacht parties, Cannes has many other sights that make it a must-see destination.
Read out guide on five things to do during the Cannes Film Festival or simply when in town as part of a French Riviera charter vacation to ensure you make the most of your visit by luxury yacht.
Book A Table
The Cannes food scene is filled with fine dining restaurants sure to tempt yacht-goers ashore with menus of both classic French fare and cutting-edge Mediterranean cuisine. Make sure you book ahead, especially at the spectacular Michelin-starred options in town.
Among these acclaimed establishments is the Palme d’Or, located in an Art Deco-style dining room on the first floor of the Martinez Hotel. Sit on the terrace overlooking La Croissette and the glittering sea, and indulge in the Mediterranean-style menu teaming with complex and interesting flavours.
For delectable Mediterranean food with an Asian twist, head to the Romanesque-style gardens of the two-starred L’Oasis in La Napoule, or, experience the most inventive cooking along the Côte d'Azur at the one-starred Le Park 45 on Cannes seafront.
Hit the Shops
Luxury shopping is big in Cannes, with all the best fashion houses, such as Chanel, Dior, Yves St Laurent, Hermès, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, represented along the Boulevard de la Croisette, an elegant, palm-lined promenade which gracefully curves the coastline.
Alternative fashion boutiques and high street stores, meanwhile, can be found between delicatessens and chocolatiers on the nearby Rue d’Antibes. And, to experience traditional day-to-day shopping alongside the locals, check out the bustling daily market, Marché Forville.
Step Back In Time
Adding to Cannes’ seductive appeal is the old world charm of the picturesque Le Suquet district. Perched on the slopes of Mont Chevalier, this historic quarter makes up the original fishing village, with narrow old staircases, pleasant courtyards and ancient remnants such as the city’s walls.
The old church, Eglise du Suquet, and the 11th-century Tour du Mont Chevalier watchtower dominate the skyline, while the Notre-Dame de l’Esperance, built in the 16th century and the most important church in Cannes, sits below.
Also worth your time are the Îles de Lérins, four islands situated just off the coast of Cannes. Île Sainte-Marguerite is home to a monastery, which dates back to the fourth century, and Île Saint-Honorat held a fortress where the enigmatic Man in the Iron Mask was once held captive.
Place Your Bets
Regarded as Europe’s gambling capital, Cannes is the only place in France with three casinos, providing travellers with an unparalleled selection, no matter whether Blackjack, Texas Hold’em or Roulette is the game of choice.
In the heart of the mythical Palais des Festivals is the largest option, the Casino Barrière Cannes Le Croisette. A gigantic aquarium, gilded statues and murals inspired by Greek mythology adorn the games room in contrast to the contemporary poker room and the flash of 250 slot machines.
Casino Palm Beach, meanwhile, is located on Croisette Point. Place your bets while enjoying panoramic views of the Lérins Islands. Alternatively, the chic Casino Barrière Les Princes offers traditional games such as Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat.
Head to the Beach
Cannes is blessed with a curving coastline of wave-washed fine sand beaches where luxury yacht goers can spend their time relaxing in the Mediterranean sunshine and cooling off in the sparkling turquoise waters for which the South of France is renowned.
For the utmost exclusivity, head to one of the upscale private beaches. Most of these, including Belle Plage, Royal Plage, Midi Plage and Plage du Martinez, line the main beachfront strip of Le Croisette and belong to the luxury hotels of Cannes.
Although not stocked with all the amenities, the public beaches of Cannes are still very pretty but tend to be located further away from the centre of town. Top spots include Palm Beach on the tip of the headland and Plage de la Bocca, towards the west of the bay.
Away from the film premieres and parties, Cannes has many other sights that make it a must-see destination