Cannes has come a long way from a little fishing village… to Cannes - the town of famous festivals and congresses! In December of 1834, Lord Brougham, the Lord Chancellor of England, was forced to winter in Cannes. Seduced by the natural beauty of the site, its friendly inhabitants, and good weather; he decided not to look elsewhere and settled permanently here. A wave of British aristocrats soon began flooding to the area.
The town received the prestigious visits of personalities such as Prosper Mérimée, Oscar Wilde, Stephen Liegard, the Countess of Oxford, Lord Russell, Baron Haussmann, the Rothschilds, and even the King of Prussia himself! Every winter, an international élite disembarked here in search of peace and good weather; their presence encouraged the development of the Croisette, where they would stroll along the waterfront, their faces hidden behind parasols to preserve their ashy skin. By the 1930’s, the parasols were gone, but Cannes' place as a fashionable destination was secure.
As one of the world’s most glamorous destinations, Cannes is a ‘magnet’ to Superyachts. Owners and charterers alike can’t resist mooring just a few metres away from La Croisette – the elegant boulevard that starts at the Old Port and wraps its way around the Bay of Cannes past Port Pierre Canto to Palm Beach – where Belle Epoque buildings and landmarks like the Hotels Martinez and Carlton dominate the buildings on one side, with the sparkling Mediterranean waters shimmering on the other.
The International Film Festival, now more than fifty years old, has lost none of its ability to attract stars, starlets, and groupies. Not too far from the Palais de Festivals, the Avenue of Stars - France's version of the one in Hollywood - can be seen. A thousand celebrity handprints have been immortalized here.
Cannes offers luxurious designer shops, superb restaurants, elegant and modern hotels and trendy bars. Yet despite these images of luxury and opulence in the sun, Cannes is also a popular base for yachts and their crews throughout the year. It is a short walk (2-3 minutes) from the Old Port to the heart of the town, and just 5 minutes more from Port Pierre Canto. The railway station is not far either, from where frequent trains connect to Antibes, Nice and Monaco to the east, and Toulon and Marseille to the west. To the west of Cannes lies the peaceful setting of Mandelieu and the port of La Napoule, which accommodates a large number of Superyachts that regard it as their ‘home base’.